Baby Names Needed – Girl Names for Adopted Twins

A reader named Zoe is adopting twin girls and needs help choosing their names:

What I like are classic names that are NOT common. I also like names that are not easily given nicknames, as I want my daughters to use their full, formal names.

Her top two picks (first & middle) are currently Veronica Sophia and Lydia Nicole. (Sophia and Nicole are both family names.) She also likes Sabrina, Amelia, Vanessa, Cecilia, AnnaSophia, and similar names.

Personally, I love Zoe’s current favorites and think she should stick with them. :) But, just in case, here are some other classic, not-too-common, hard-to-shorten girl names she might like:

Antonia
Camilla
Celeste
Celia
Clara
Cora
Edith
Eugenia
Felice
Harriet
Helena
Lucia
Margot
Marina
Miriam
Monica
Petra
Phoebe
Portia
Priscilla
Ramona
Rhoda
Sylvia
Thalia
Verona

What other suggestions would you offer Zoe?

6 Responses to Baby Names Needed – Girl Names for Adopted Twins

  1. Zoe your choices are great! Here are some other ideas

    Adele
    Charis
    Clio
    Davina
    Junia
    Martine
    Mara
    Sabina
    Ruth
    Thais
    Willa

    For some reason I really like Lydia and Clara together…

  2. It is nearly impossibly to prevent nicknames – I know a Veronica that is called Ronnie, an Antonia that is Tonia and so on. Regretfully, I even I shorten my boys names to Ev and Dyl from their given names. I’d suggest you chose names with nicknames that are pleasant and agreeable to you.

    My suggestions for the least nick-namey names are:

    Anthea Nicole
    Amelie Sophia

  3. I know a family with three daughters: Lidia, Veronica, and Adriana. So, maybe Adriana will appeal to this family also. Incidentally, their son’s name is Martin, so maybe Julie is on to something with Martine or Martina. I also think Daphne is underused but goes with both Lydia and Veronica.

    Adriana Nicole?
    Daphne Sophia?

  4. Great suggestions everyone – thank you! My big concern with Lydia is that it is rapidly rising in popularity! I always thought I’d name my daughter Sophia after my mom, but is so common now. I’m worried that Lydia will be the next Isabella, Ava, Sophia etc. Is that silly?

  5. How about: Eleanor, Norah, Jane, Amelie, or Theresa?

  6. Elena
    Marisa (ma REE sa)
    Patrice/Patricia

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