Have you ever read the newspaper column “Hints From Heloise”? I recently learned a few facts about the original Heloise that reminded me of the Lydia/Sylvia debate from a few days ago.
Heloise was born with the name Eloise. (The H was added for the sake of the column.) Eloise had a twin sister with a very similar name: Louise. And it doesn’t stop there. Eloise’s mother Amelia also had a female twin. The twin’s name? Ophelia.
Giving twins matchy-matchy names continues to be popular, if the SSA’s list of popular twin names is any indication. The top names for twin girls last year included Gabriella/Isabella, Madison/Morgan, Ella/Emma and Makayla/Makenzie.
Do you like it when twins (or siblings that are close in age) have similar names? Why or why not?
UPDATE, 2013: Give Your Twins Unique Names is a more recent post on this topic.