Kevin and Kyle, Heather and Holly, and Taylor and Tyler have been all units of twins I grew up with. Not solely did I battle to inform every of these units aside the first few instances we met, I stumbled over getting the proper identify out even years after I knew who was who.
It received me questioning at a younger age what the deal is with dad and mom giving their twins matching (and particularly rhyming) names. Are the dad and mom making an attempt to creating it arduous for everybody else? Don’t they ever get confused themselves?
Heck, my two boys aren’t twins and have fairly totally different names and I nonetheless name them the unsuitable thing each as soon as in a whereas.
Although I by no means went as far as to ask the twins I knew how they felt about their matching names, the matter has lately been a sizzling one in the BabyCenter Neighborhood. A ballot posted to the Child Names board reveals a staggering 86 p.c of voters choose “particular person like some other sibling” over “matchy ‘twinny’ names.”
“Matchy names are not any good for twins!” consumer Excessive Empress commented, including that even boy/woman twins “battle to create their very own identification from an early age…I’d keep away from doing something to make them really feel like they’re a bundle deal. I do know a LOT of twins and the one set with matchy names every selected to go by their center names.”
Those that have twins or are a twin appear to be the most keen about the matter.
“I hated being a twin,” Troisoiseaux wrote. “[We were] at all times known as ‘the twins,’ given rhymey names, dressed alike…at all times being handled like we have been one particular person in two our bodies. Please don’t do matchy names.”
For a lot of, simply how shut the names are is the true deciding issue. Addie and Atticus are too shut for one consumer’s liking, and one other talked about Alissa and Melissa. Nonetheless, these all appear to be beat by ladyjane611, who shared: “My nice grandmother was an similar twin and she or he and her sister’s names have been LaVada and LaVeda!”
I’m prepared to confess I can see the preliminary enchantment of having infants with candy, matching names, however they develop up so very quick. In the grand scheme of issues, babyhood is simply a blip and odds are most of their lives multiples can be residing individually. In my humble opinion, it’s possible you’ll as properly foster their independence from the starting.
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