Choosing names for twins is an important responsibility for parents. But it also seems to be somewhat of a hobby for many other people. Internet message boards are full of threads such as "What would you name twins?" (or triplets, quadruplets, octuplets) On this site, the submissions for the What names did you choose for your twins? feature is inundated with obviously contrived entries. (I try to screen them out before they are published.)
There are plenty of helpful resources on this site for parents looking to choose names for their twins. For example, every year, I publish the lists of Most Popular Twin Names. There is this this guide with suggestions for parents involved in this process. There is the aforementioned reader responses and a poll showing what types of naming strategy parents of twins employ.
But for this article, I thought we would have some fun. The suggestions for twin names in this article are intended to be creative, lighthearted, and sometimes silly. However, you never know when a name will strike your fancy, and it's possible that you will discover some realistic possibilities among the names listed here. Feel free to play along by submitting a suggestion to Silly Names for Twins.
Twin Names from Music
Caroline and Cecilia: If you'd like your twin daughters to each have a theme song, consider Caroline and Cecilia. They can sing along with "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond and "Cecilia" by Simon & Garfunkel.
Alison and Veronica: Two girls' names featured in Elvis Costello songs from the 1980's. Elvis Costello is himself a dad of twins, although he has twin boys.
Madonna and Rihanna: Keeping with the musical genre, consider a combination of superstar singers. There are plenty of well known female singers known by one name. Try Madonna, Cher, Beyonce, Pink, Ke$ha, Adele, Ciara, Fergie, Jewel, Selena, Enya, Sade, Blondie and Shakira.
For boys, how about a combination of names from a "boy band"? You've got the Beatles: John, Paul, Ringo and George. For fans of the 90's, there are the New Kids on the Block, with a choice of: Jordan, Jonathan, Joey, Donnie and Danny. Backstreet Boys fans can choose from A.J., Howe, Brian, Nick or Kevin. f 'NSYNC offers Justin, JC, Chris, Joey and Lance. Or, per my daughter's recommendation of her most recent favorites, take a British turn with the members of One Direction: Niall, Zayn, Harry, Louis or Liam.
For boy/girl names, you've got plenty of duos to choose from. Sonny and Cher, Donny and Marie, Peaches and Herb, or Ike and Tina.
Twin Names from Literature
Jane and Emma (reference to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Emma by Jane Austen)
Persephone and Seraphina: This clever combination is found in a novel called The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
Ophelia and Cordelia: There are several great names for girls found in the works of Shakespeare. Ophelia (Hamlet) and Cordelia (King Lear) go particularly well together, but other choices include Portia (The Merchant of Venice), Katherine (Taming of the Shrew), Viola (Twelfth Night), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Goneril or Regan (King Lear) and Juliet (Romeo and Juliet). For boys, how about Othello, Romeo, Balthasar, Mercutio, Iago, Montague, Claudio or Falstaff.
Darcy and Fitzwilliam are two classic names for boys, or for a boy and a girl.
Place Names and Geographical Names
Meredith and Emory: These are but two of many choices related to colleges and universities. Meredith College is a girls' school in Raleigh, North Carolina and Emory University is a university in Atlanta, Georgia. Pay homage to your alma mater by naming your twins after colleges! Auburn, Baylor, Bryn (Mawr), Marquette, Berkley, Amherst, Trinity, Juniata. How about William and Mary for a boy and a girl? One website mentioned Bama and Bryant for twin boys; their parents must be fans of the University of Alabama!
London and Paris: These names are actually on the 2009 list of most popular names for twin girls. Which got me to thinking about other geographical names, like: Atlanta and Savannah, Trenton and Jersey, Brooklyn and Manhattan, Virginia and Georgia, Cheyenne and Dakota, Orlando and Jackson(ville).
Some names just seem meant to be together. Look for names of famous couples in history, the media, movies or television.
Brad and Angelina, Laverne and Shirley, Greg and Marcia (or Jan and Peter, or Cindy and Bobby from The Brady Bunch)
Bert and Ernie, Barbie and Ken, Rhett and Scarlet, Will and Jada, Samson and Delilah, or Tristan and Isolde.