Baby Name Needed – Boy Name for Eliza’s Twin Brother

A reader named Lucas is expecting twins, one boy and one girl, and would like help choosing the boy name:

Its decided that the girl will be named Eliza, we just couldn’t resist its streamlined modernity and Eliza Doolitte charm and spunk, but when it comes to boys names we’re completely stuck. We were thinking of Joseph, its classic and timeless but perhaps a little too conservative for a twin sister named Eliza?

Personally, I think Eliza and Joseph sound great together. They’re not an exact match in terms of tone, but the difference isn’t a huge one.

It’s too bad Joseph doesn’t offer much more than Joe and Joey in terms of nicknames, though. Eliza is a pet form of Elizabeth, so I wish Joseph shortened to something with more verve (e.g. Benji, Theo). But that’s the only drawback I can think of; it’s hard to go wrong with Joseph.

As for other boy name ideas, how about…

Amos
Asher
Benedict
Benjamin
Caleb
Calvin
Curtis
Cyrus
Declan
Desmond
Dexter
Duncan
Dwight
Felix
Frank
Gideon
Graham
Grant
Grover
Harvey
Henry
Hugh
Jasper
Levi
Maxwell
Malcolm
Milo
Monroe
Nigel
Nolan
Oscar
Otis
Owen
Roland
Roscoe
Silas
Simon
Stuart
Theodore
Tobias

So now, three questions for you: Does Joseph sound good with Eliza? Do any of the non-Joseph names listed above sound good with Eliza? And, finally, what other names would you suggest to Lucas?


12 thoughts on “Baby Name Needed – Boy Name for Eliza’s Twin Brother

  1. I think Eliza & Joseph are a fantastic match.

    Before reading your list of suggestions, Nancy, the idea of Henry came to mind, but then I wondered why I was questioning it. Finally, I thought of that song “There’s a hole in the bucket dear Liza” sung between Liza & Henry. I’m sure that’s no big deal in this day and age, but it’s something to consider. Regardless, I think that Eliza & Henry would make a nice match too.

  2. I LOVE Gideon with Eliza… could be a plus or minus for some, but it reminds me of my favorite musical of all time, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers… Though kids today would probably never know of or see that movie!

  3. I saw that Nancy put the name Jasper on the list and it got me thinking…with the popularity of the “Twilight” books, that some good options not just Jasper, but Edward, Emmett, Carlisle, Charlie and Jacob.

    I personally think Eliza and Emmett sound great together.

  4. I think Eliza and Joseph go well together too — both are traditional names, or in Eliza’ s case, from a traditional name. But I’m not sure about Eliza and Joey or Joe…

    From Nancy’s list, I think Theo (not necessarily Theodore) would go well with Eliza. Each is a shortened form of a traditional name, each name is an established name, yet both are only moderately popular.

    Other traditional names you might consider:

    William (“Will”) — Eliza and Will
    James — Eliza and James (both called by their given name)
    Thomas — Eliza and Thomas (again no nickname for either)
    Edward — Eliza and Edward or Eliza and Teddy

    I think I may like Eliza and Theo best.

    (I recently met a baby Eliza with older brother Everett.)

  5. @ Cathy – Henry is the other lead opposite Eliza Doolittle, too.

    Joseph is a good match for Eliza. I like Theo and Frank too.

    Other suggestions: Walter, Rafe/Ralph, Peter.

    I would stay away from names with long I sounds, like Tyler.

  6. i very much like Joesph. It does sound good with Eliza.
    i also like Eliza and Henry.
    Also have you considered the name Lachlan, Eliza and Lachie. Lachlan and Eliza. ?

  7. I love the name Eliza… I love how it is traditional yet modern at the same time

    my favorite boy’s name is Gavin and I think that would be so sweet with Eliza

  8. The first thing I thought when I read the title was Luke and Eliza. So that’s my pick. Luke. :)

    Good luck.

  9. I saw on a new website that Eliza is the “smartest female name”. Eliza is 6.5 times more likely to study at Yale and 3.5 times more likely to study at Harvard than an average female student.

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