How To Name Your Opposite Sex Twins

You can always go the matching route, but what if you a more subtle touch when naming your twins?


Congratulations! Your bundle of joy has been multiplied! A boy-girl set of twins is often considered the name “jackpot.” There’s no need to choose between your favourite boy or girl name — you can have them both! And some parents will do exactly that: choose their favourite individual names for a boy and for a girl and be done. If that’s your style, go for it! It’s sweet and simple, and will probably work perfectly for you.

Many parents, however, feel it is important to have twin names that “go” together. In the past, this has often taken the form of parents choosing “matching” names for twins — names that typically start with the same first letter, sound, or syllable. If this is the direction you want to go for your twins, go right ahead! It can also be a simple option: you start by making lists of all your favourite boy and girl names, match them up by sound, and see which pair suits your babies best.

We love:

  • Corey and Cara
  • Thmoas and Tanya
  • Ella and Ethan
  • Madison and Mason
  • James and Julia

If matching isn’t your speed but you still want two names that “go,” a fresh new take on naming twins is to choose names that don’t necessarily start with the same sound but rely on more more subtle factors to give them a cohesive feel.

One way to do this is to choose names with a similar tone or style. For example, if you’re crazy about the wild West, you could opt for names like Wyatt and Ruby, which both have a sweet,  spunky twang. If your tastes run more to the classic, Nathaniel and Josephine are two names that share an elegant strength. You’ll notice that none of these names have the same letter or sound, but they are united by style. They also have the same number of syllables, and in the case of the latter pair, have the same potential for more informal nicknames (“Nate” and “Jo”).

We also love:

  • Anna and Will
  • Grace and John
  • Hannah and Noah

Another way to choose twin names that feel cohesive without necessarily matching, is to opt for names with a similar ethnic or cultural origin. For example, if your heart belongs to the Emerald Isle, lyrical Irish names like Daphne and Ronan, or Siobhan and Declan might work for you. Alternately, if your family has Latin roots, you could opt for Spanish- or Italian-sounding pairs, like Ramona and Matteo or Gabriella and Diego. Again, the cohesion here comes from a similar origin and feel, rather than exact matching letter.

These suggestions are good guidelines to get you started, but the most important thing is not to be bogged down by rules. You’ll know in your heart which are the right names for your baby girl and boy, and once you meet them, their names will be nothing short of perfect.

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