Baby Names Needed (Soon!): Boy & Girl Twins

A reader named Nate just sent me this note:

We just had a set of twins arrive about 2 months early. They are doing well in the NICU, but needless to say, we weren’t quite prepared for the arrival and haven’t got names picked out.

We need both a boy and girl name. We have a 2 year old daughter named Parker Rose. We like the different but familiar feel of Parker and don’t have a strong preference for or aversion to unisex names for girls. Current names on our lists – Boy: Heath, Everett, Tristan, Beckett; Girl: Piper, Kendall, Ansley, Charlotte, Sloan.

Any more ideas along those lines? (Last name starts with “J”)

I’m so glad the twins are doing well. I hope that continues!

Of the names on the shortlist right now, I might cross off Piper and Ansley. Piper because it’s so close to Parker, Ansley because I feel like a lot of people would mispronounce it.

Personally, my favorites are Charlotte for the baby girl and either Heath or Everett for the baby boy.

I thought the following names might be of interest as well:


(I didn’t try to sort by gender because so many of these go both ways nowadays.)


Which of the names above do you like best for the twins? What other names would you suggest to Nate?

9 thoughts on “Baby Names Needed (Soon!): Boy & Girl Twins

  1. Congrats and best wishes to the family! Of their picks, I like Beckett and Kendall best with Parker Rose. Those seem like a solid sibling set, and I like that the twins would share the double consonants at the end. Ignoring big sister Parker, I’d say Charlotte and Heath are my favorites from their list.

    The first names that popped into my mind as possibilities have already been mentioned, but I do like Darcy and Quinn with Parker quite a lot. Thinking about it a bit more, I’d also suggest Emery and Delaney for the girl and Hudson for the boy.

  2. I can see your point about Ansley… unless, of course, Nate and his family live in the Southeastern U.S. where that name is HUGELY popular. I know at least 5 Ansleys personally, here in Atlanta, and we even have a park by that name. It’s very popular here.

    That being said, I don’t think it makes a great sibset with Parker. Beckett and Kendall and my faves with Parker too.

  3. Thanks for the ideas guys. Some great new ideas and maybe a revival for a few that have been batted around a bit by my wife and I.
    Alecia nailed my location. I’m in Atlanta alright. Ansley is probably my fave but not my wife’s. Kendall was on my wife’s list for our first but I shot it down and now I like it better than her.

  4. I love Everett! (and Merritt)

    Riley, Ferris (you mentioned Sloan), Eden, Meredith, Trevor, Travis, Trent, Hayley, Hayden,

    I’d suggest Emery/Emory, but you’re in Atlanta. Ellery?

    Just a random note: On the TV show Haven, Audrey Parker is played by Emily Rose, and Audrey’s partner is Nate/Nathaniel.

    Good luck with your twins!

  5. Thanks for the input. Never made the Haven (a family name actually!)connection somehow, even though I loved hearing some people call her Parker on the show and must have noticed the Nate.

    Everett is probably in first place for the boy right now, but also entertaining Declan (perhaps nicknamed Dex). Thoughts?

    Probably going to skip Ansley for girl. Nurses at the hospital said it was super common in the ATL.

    Thanks again everyone for the ideas and feedback.

  6. I like the name Declan–even more than Heath. But I think I still like Everett the best overall (considering just the original list).

    Declan (nn Dex) also reminds me of Donovan (nn Van, or Don).

    You guys (Alecia, Nate) made me really curious about Ansley, so I checked the usage, and here’s what I found:

    *Nearly 30% (!) of all babies named Ansley in 2010 were born in Georgia.

    *Close to 75% of all babies named Ansley in 2010 were born in one of seven Southern states: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.

  7. OK. Still haven’t gotten names yet (3 weeks in). Twins still doing well in NICU.

    I feel like my list is narrowed down (and not too different from what I originally had in mind), but my wife is a bit more unsure. Middle names are family/sentimental, but curious to hear opinions on sound Last name starts with “J”, ends with “son”. Here is my list of parings (to go with older sister Parker Rose). Votes?
    Everett Michael and Vivienne Selby
    Everett William and Ansley Michael
    Everett Michael and Kendall Selby
    Declan Michael and Kendall Selby
    Declan Everett and Ansley Michael


  8. Hi Nate,

    Happy to hear the babies are doing well!

    I’m going to put this on the main page and get a proper vote going for you.

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