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Naming multiples

What is the best way to name multiples?
What is the best way to name multiples?

Do your kids' names relate to each other in some way?  

There are a lot of ways to do it: starting each name with the same letter, choosing names that rhyme, picking a group of names with family history, giving each child a name with a similar meaning, etc.

Parents who choose linked names usually focus on the special bond among their children.  Other families, however, feel that a similarity in names might be detrimental to their children's feelings of independence and privacy.

What do you think?  And, if you are a multiple yourself, how do you feel about the names your parents chose?


  • Julie 5 years ago

    For my own twins, I chose unrelated names. Mine are boy/girl twins, which begs a new question: does it matter if the multiples are the same sex? or if they're identical?

  • Stephanie Duszynski 5 years ago

    My twins have unrelated names--and like Julie, mine are boy/girl fraternal twins. Honestly, I wanted to shy away from 'cutesy' matching names right away as soon as I knew I was expecting twins. I had my boy name picked out before I was even pregnant and then was a little disappointed that my first choice girl name started with the same letter (and thus I didn't want to use it).

    As my twins get older (they are almost 3 now), I am convinced we made the right decision. These kids could not be more different! I read once that fraternal twins would be no more alike than "regular" brothers and sisters and my kids have shown that to be true! :)

  • Michelle Tokheim 5 years ago

    Having had 50+ ultrasounds during my pregnancy, my identical twins were always referred to as "baby A" and "baby B". We decided on an A name and a B name. However, my husband and my father both are fraternal twins and their names start with the same letter as their twin (one set is boy/girl and one is boy/boy). I think having different sounding names helps people see them as individuals, not always as a set.

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