Links between twin names without being matchy matchy

We’re having twins and trying to decide names. i think it’d be so sweet to have a little hidden link between the names, so that they’re a “set”, but not very matchy. Not like [name]Jason[/name] and [name]Mason[/name] or something like that, but something that’s not obvious, not cheesey or embarssing when they are adults but just a little nod to it, you know?

what kind of link do you think you could have? specific names or just ideas for what a link could are great. :slight_smile:

I like names with similar meanings or meanings that compliment each other.


Names that have a similar style, origin and popularity. I don’t mind if the names have matching initials, as long as the names are very different from each other.

[name]Luther[/name] and [name]Matilda[/name]
[name]August[/name] and [name]Maximus[/name]
[name]Damian[/name] and [name]Atticus[/name]
[name]Darwin[/name] and [name]Clara[/name]

same meaning ([name]Zoe[/name] & [name]Eva[/name] both mean life, as does Chayyim & [name]Vitus[/name])
“opposite meaning” (dark & light, night & day etc.)
same theme (moon, sun, stars, flowers/trees, etc.)
same deity/mythological figure ([name]Selene[/name] & [name]Luna[/name], [name]Artemis[/name] & [name]Diana[/name],
mythological figures connected to each other ([name]Hector[/name] & [name]Paris[/name], [name]Eos[/name] & [name]Helios[/name], [name]Antigone[/name] & Semele)

I think anagram names can work well for twins.


[name]Aithne[/name] & [name]Ianthe[/name]
[name]Alice[/name] & [name]Celia[/name]
[name]Amy[/name] & [name]Mya[/name]
[name]Elodia[/name] & [name]Odelia[/name]

[name]Adair[/name] & [name]Daria[/name]
[name]Adrien[/name] & [name]Nerida[/name]
Aled & [name]Elda[/name]
[name]Eliott[/name] & [name]Lottie[/name]
[name]Isaac[/name] & [name]Casia[/name]

[name]Dominic[/name] & [name]Nikodim[/name]
Emyr & [name]Remy[/name]

I will second a theme, such as name meaning, or celtic names, or things like that vs matching names.

I think that themes are a good way to go! If I ever have twin girls, I’d love to call them [name]Aria[/name] and [name]Cadence[/name].

I like famous/historic sibling names for twins, like:

  • [name]Tatiana[/name] and [name]Olga[/name] (from Tchaikovsky’s Onegin and the names of Tsar [name]Nicholas[/name] II’s two eldest daughters, Grand Duchesses [name]Olga[/name] and [name]Tatiana[/name] Nicholaievna, they were named after the [name]Larina[/name] sisters)
  • [name]Jacob[/name] and [name]Wilhelm[/name] (the Grimm brothers)
  • [name]Matilda[/name] and [name]Robert[/name] ([name]Empress[/name] [name]Matilda[/name], Lady of the English, and [name]Robert[/name], [name]Earl[/name] of Gloucester, legitimate daughter and illegitimate son of [name]King[/name] [name]Henry[/name] I of [name]England[/name], [name]Robert[/name] was his sisters faithful supporter during The Anarchy)
  • [name]Alexander[/name] and [name]Cleopatra[/name] (or just [name]Alexander[/name] and [name]Cleo[/name], after [name]Alexander[/name] [name]Helios[/name] and [name]Cleopatra[/name] [name]Selene[/name], [name]Cleopatra[/name] VII Philopator’s twins)

Also other historic names connected to each other and not necessarily being sibling names, like famous coregents:

  • [name]Mary[/name] and [name]William[/name] ([name]Queen[/name] [name]Mary[/name] II and [name]King[/name] [name]William[/name] III, spouses and coregents of Great [name]Britain[/name])
  • [name]Ferdinand[/name] and [name]Isabella[/name] ([name]King[/name] [name]Ferdinand[/name] V and [name]Queen[/name] [name]Isabella[/name] I, spouses and coregents of Castile)
  • [name]Philip[/name] and [name]Joanna[/name] ([name]King[/name] [name]Philip[/name] I and [name]Queen[/name] [name]Joanna[/name], spouses and coregents of Castile)
  • [name]Frederick[/name] and [name]Louis[/name] ([name]King[/name] [name]Frederick[/name] I of [name]Austria[/name] and [name]Louis[/name] the Bavarian, who were cousins and shared coregency over Germany)

If I have twins (or more) I’m planning to use:
[name]Penelope[/name] ([name]Nell[/name])
[name]Genevieve[/name] ([name]Nev[/name])
[name]Nathaniel[/name] ([name]Nate[/name])
[name]Dominic[/name] ([name]Nic[/name])

I like links between meanings the best.

[name]Fortune[/name]/luck/oracle/blessing/prophet - interesting since they’ll be born in 2013 (supposedly an unlucky year)
[name]Phineas[/name] means oracle
[name]Edgar[/name] means prosperous
[name]Merritt[/name] mean deserving fortune
[name]Micah[/name]/[name]Joel[/name]/[name]Amos[/name]/[name]Malachi[/name] etc. were all prophets

[name]Nehemiah[/name] and [name]Barnabas[/name] both have meanings related to comfort (comforted by God and son of comfort)

[name]Orson[/name] means bear cub which could go with a name like [name]Bernard[/name] or [name]Leonard[/name].

[name]Even[/name] though meanings aren’t as important to me, I think similar meanings are nice:

[name]Eleanor[/name] and [name]Lucy[/name] (both mean “light”)
[name]Beatrice[/name]/[name]Beatrix[/name] and [name]Felicity[/name] (“she who brings happiness” and “happiness”)
[name]Lucas[/name] and [name]Eleanor[/name] (“light”)
[name]Mabel[/name] and [name]Cordelia[/name] (“love” and “heart”)
[name]Audrey[/name] and [name]Alice[/name] (“noble”)
[name]Iris[/name] and [name]Calla[/name] (both are flower names, though not as obvious as say, [name]Iris[/name] and [name]Rose[/name])

Or even opposites:
[name]Clara[/name] and [name]Cecily[/name] (“light” and “dark”)

However, I think I would just choose names that I like best.

Good luck and congrats on your twins!

I think using whatever names you like best for the first name spot and then something more meaningful or matchy even for the middles. Like maybe, the same middle initial, or names with the same meaning, or names with the same ending sound, etc…

[name]One[/name] historical twins that I would only use as middles: [name]Romulus[/name] and [name]Remus[/name]. I love both names and on twins I love it even more.

If I ever have twins, I would either do the matching first name initial (most likely what I would do), the same/opposite meaning, or a theme.

First of all, I [name]LOVE[/name] the name [name]Giles[/name] [name]Peter[/name]! It’s very handsome. :slight_smile: And congratulations on your twins!

Ways to link the names:
A theme- Whether it’s origin or source, it gives the names a connection without being too obvious
A circle- The first letter and last letter switch between names ([name]Nicholas[/name] and [name]Sean[/name])

I do think that it is important for twins to have their own initials and individuality. After all, they share so much already! As long as the names have meaning to you, flow nicely together, (being twins, their names will be said together more often that not) and are not completely different in style.

Best of luck!

same meaning:

  • [name]Eve[/name] and [name]Zoe[/name], or [name]Vita[/name] and [name]Liv[/name]: “life”
  • Salomé and [name]Irene[/name]: “peace”
  • [name]Esther[/name] and [name]Stella[/name] (or [name]Estelle[/name], or [name]Seren[/name]): “star”
  • [name]Asher[/name] and [name]Felix[/name]: “happy”
  • [name]Alba[/name] and [name]Clara[/name]: “bright”
  • [name]Philip/name and [name]Rosamund[/name] (“lover of horses” and “protector of horses”)
  • [name]Edmund[/name] and [name]Alexander[/name] (“rich protector” and “defender of men”)
  • [name]Aurora[/name] and [name]Roxana[/name] (“dawn”)
  • [name]David[/name] and Esmée (“beloved”)
  • [name]Calum[/name] and [name]Jemima[/name], or [name]Jonas[/name] and [name]Paloma[/name] (“dove”)
  • [name]Matthew[/name] and [name]Theodore[/name] (“divine gift”)


  • [name]Noel[/name] and [name]Leon[/name]
  • [name]Liam[/name] and [name]Mila[/name]
  • [name]Roan[/name] and [name]Nora[/name]
  • [name]Mabel[/name] and Embla
  • [name]Lucas[/name] and [name]Claus[/name]

notable twins and duos:

  • [name]Apollo[/name] and [name]Artemis[/name] ([name]Phoebus[/name] and [name]Diana[/name])
  • [name]Cosmo[/name] and [name]Damian[/name] (twin saints)
  • [name]Clare[/name] and [name]Francis[/name] (saints)
  • [name]John[/name] and [name]Paul[/name] ([name]Lennon[/name] and MacCartney)
  • [name]Fred[/name] and [name]George[/name]

I’ll edit if I think of more.

I love [name]Celia[/name] and [name]Alice[/name]. They are anagrams of each other.