40 Pairs of Baby Names for Girl-Boy Twins

girl-boy twins

A few weeks ago, The Stir posted a list of 20 pairs of baby names for girl-boy twins.

The problem with their list? Each matchy-matchy name-pair started with the same first letter.

Yes, most parents gravitate toward patterns when it comes to naming twins. This has been confirmed by at least one study and is easy to see when you peruse the (now discontinued) lists of popular twin names.

But should they?

No. Child development experts say twins should have dissimilar first names.

So I thought I’d improve upon their list by separating the pairings and giving each of the 40 names a new, non-matchy partner — different first letter, different ending, different number of syllables.

Too Matchy? Much Better!
Hazel & Hugo
Emma & Evan
Madison & Mason
Taylor & Tyler
Vivienne & Val
Ava & Alexander
Chloe & Caleb
Sophia & Samuel
Eva & Ethan
Penelope & Pax
Savannah & Sebastian
Lily & Luke
Dylan & Dean
Naomi & Noah
Imogen & Isaac
Juliette & James
Christina & Christian
Grace & Gavin
Avery & Aiden
Claire & Clive
Hazel & Benjamin
Emma & Charles
Madison & Liam
Taylor & Grant
Vivienne & Phillip
Ava & Carl
Chloe & Gabriel
Sophia & Owen
Eva & Jack
Penelope & Duncan
Savannah & Zane
Lily & Cash
Dylan & Matthias
Naomi & Joseph
Imogen & Grey
Juliette & Simon
Christina & Thomas
Grace & Dominic
Avery & Beau
Claire & Julian
Hugo & Adelaide
Evan & Sabrina
Mason & Aria
Tyler & Addison
Val & Edie
Alexander & Daphne
Caleb & Lydia
Samuel & Hannah
Ethan & Amelia
Pax & Kira
Sebastian & Gemma
Luke & Maya
Dean & Harper
Noah & Abigail
Isaac & Johanna
James & Tabitha
Christian & Veronica
Gavin & Bree
Aiden & Katrina
Clive & Odette

Not only are the pairs in the middle and on the right smarter choices in terms of child development, but they’re also less likely to cause embarrassment and/or confusion. Unlike, say, Christina and Christian.

What are your favorite non-matchy baby names for girl-boy twins?

P.S. Hate to nit-pick, but…the Stir post also included several bogus definitions. Caleb means “devotion to God”? Nope, Caleb means dog.

Source: 20 Pairs of Baby Names for Twins of the Opposite Sex
Image: Adapted from Kinley and Liam Photos (18) by love_K_photo under CC BY 2.0.

8 Responses to 40 Pairs of Baby Names for Girl-Boy Twins

  1. So so so much better, Nancy! Nice work! I hated that article for the ridiculous matchyness. These are so very nice now!

  2. Thanks Kara!

  3. Goodness those matchy twin names are an eyesore – and it’s not just the initial letter (which I could cope with on a small scale), but the actual sounds are replicated as well, such as Taylor and Tyler,Madison and Mason.

    And some of the twin sets are so odd as well – Claire and CLIVE? Penelope and PAX? It almost seems as if they have matched them at random.

    Hugo and Adelaide is sweet.

  4. Agreed, great job.

    I really like Imogen & Grey as a pair, much more than each name individually.

    Hope this post helps some twins get better names!

  5. Thank you, Anna and Rachel!

  6. I agree, Rachel! Imogen and Grey seem compellingly compatible! It makes me wonder why no one’s used that combo before… some author has got to snatch that up and run with it. Perfection!

  7. Love your choices, and I think they all work so well together. (Ava and Carl is the only one I want to tinker with – only because I don’t see Carl as appealing to someone who likes Ava.)

  8. Thanks guys!

    (Other ideas for Ava: Finn, Tobias, Ezekiel/Zeke)

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