Classical, Flowy Girls Names on 2 Twin Sets (with a Shakespearian Vibe)

Saoirse and Aoife are authentic Irish names.

An anonymous fan asked:

Hi, I am now expecting a 2nd pair of twins and need some opinions of names for them.

My first set of twins girls were Ariana Maeve and Serafina Blythe.

With this 2nd set, we have kind of settle with the names Ophelia and Emilia.

Thinking of middle names Saoirse and Aoife.

Which is better?
Ophelia Saoirse & Emilia Aoife
Ophelia Aoife & Emilia Saoirse
Any other suggestions are welcome too. Thanks in advance.

Update: Also thinking if I should have Aurelia instead of Emilia
Actually i might even replace Emilia
Putting the four names try together, we are looking at

Ariana, Serafina, Ophelia, Aurelia
Ariana, Serafina,Ophelia, Tatiana
Ariana, Serafina, Ophelia, Cordelia
Ariana, Serafina, Tatiana, Catriona

The first thing that occurs to me is that you “kind of” “settled” with Ophelia and Emilia. That was a red flag for me. You should never kind of settle for a name, you should absolutely adore it. You may not have meant it that way, but that’s how it read to me. 🙂 It was confirmed later when you easily chose to replace Emilia. You stuck with Ophelia for a while and then later replaced it, too. For these reasons and more, I would question the use of both Ophelia and Emilia.

I think Ophelia is a beautiful name but has some negative, tragic literary associations. Emilia to me is a little boring. Personally, it reminds me too much of Amelia, which is too common and plain (just my personal opinion). You obviously love grand, classical, beautiful feminine names. I just know we could do better to advise great names to go with your other twins.

If you kept the names Ophelia and Emilia, I do not think Aoife goes well with either. The vowels going from one name to the next is such an awkward flow. In most cases I feel a middle name like Aoife should be preceded by a first name ending in a consonant sound. It just flows better. If using Saoirse, it sounds better with Emilia, but since Ophelia, Emilia, and Saoirse all end in an “uh” sound, that might be a bit much. It’s not a deal breaker, but I tend to shy away from those. Your first 2 girls names flow great. Ariana Maeve and Serafina Blythe are very well done. No weird flow, there. Can’t we duplicate that on the next pair? 🙂

When you put all the names together, here were my thoughts.

Ariana, Serafina, Ophelia, Aurelia – don’t love it. Aurelia is too similar to Ariana and Ophelia. Aurelia is a beautiful name and I do like it much better than Emilia, though.
Ariana, Serafina, Ophelia, Tatiana – this is my favorite. A clear winner. Beautiful names.
Ariana, Serafina, Ophelia, Cordelia – Very Shakespeare… a little too much. I’d shy away.
Ariana, Serafina, Tatiana, Catriona – this one is nice.

You mentioned you’d be open to further suggestions. Okay, here are some. I did not pair twin groups together– I was hoping you could choose names you love enough by themselves and pair them together. Do let us know what your twins end up being named!

Aemilia Joette
Genia Millicent
Tatiana Keturah
Catriona Cymber
Gianna Lorelei
Aurelia Faith
Annika Riona
Kalyn Viola
Story Saoirse
Aoife Guinevere
Annalisa Tienne
Amberly Cora
Jayla Pearl
Willow Cordelia
Ophelie Jillian
Celestine Greer
Aemiliana Shantal
Rosemonde Saoirse
Pineda Gracenne
Celeste Bijou

 

First & Middle Baby Names Fan Pics & Names

Directly from our fans on our Facebook First & Middle Baby Names page, comes real actual babies and their first and middle names.  Proof that our fans are obviously really into naming. 🙂

Blaize James

Bowie Imagine

“This is a photo of Bowie Imagine Graff… This photo was taken yesterday at 5 and a half months old… Both my partner and I love classic rock and roll… My partner also is a fan of classic rap.. The notorious B. I. G. especially… I wanted a verb as a middle name… Be careful what you wish for though… My ‘Mr. BIG’ was born at home weighing in at 11 lbs 6 oz… And at 5 months old is 21 lbs 14oz… Haha.”

-File that one under “Names We Wished We Could Take Credit For”. ~Elizabeth

Canaan Eleazar

Dhev Everett

“Our own spin on the sanskrit Dev- that begins many names. Meaning ‘God’ or ‘Divine,’

Everett, a family name back 3 generations, meaning ‘wild and brave boar'”

Finley Vail

Huckleberry Wilder

“We choose Huckleberry’s name because his older brother is named Sawyer and every Sawyer needs a “Huck”. His middle name is from Little House On The Prairie…Laura Ingles Wilder. ”

Kian Angel

Leo Michael

Nate Anthony Lukeson

“Just a quick story regarding my little boy, his name means so much to us.
My Father is Norwegian and their tradition when naming a Son is to add the Father’s name as a middle name with ‘Son’. I wanted to pass this on and keep this going in our family.
Our son’s name is Nate Anthony Lukeson Bryant. Nate was decided as I love 4 letter names and Nathaniel was too long. Nathan is also my Husband’s middle name, so it seemed to fit perfectly for all the right reasons. Anthony was my late Uncle, who passed suddenly and at a very young age. It was also a common middle name on my Mother’s side. Lukeson is the Norwegian tradition part, my Husband’s name is Luke.
I am all for family traditions and names that represent a special meaning. i can’t wait to explain his name to him when he is older!”

November Sue

“Born 11/30/12, my birthday. Sue after my mom (my middle name is Susan, too) and November because not only is it a beautiful word, but because after a loss, we decided to try again and the resulting babe would be due in November. For us November means hope, healing, and joy.”

Paloma Ixchel

“I wanted her first name to honor my mom without using her actual name, Sara. Sara is common in the US, and the pronunciation would not default to the Spanish, which I prefer. I chose Paloma, Spanish for dove, because in one of my earliest memories, my mom would play Mexican songs on 8 track tapes, and we’d sing along together. We did this many afternoons, and a favorite song was Cucurucucu Paloma. I can’t hear the word paloma and not think of mom, who passed 13 years ago.
Ixchel is a nod to the Mayan jaguar moon goddess. She is a goddess of fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth, among other things. Paloma was conceived and born after I turned 39, and with a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. And so I really wanted a fertility goddess, more specifically a Mexican one. Also, I had an easy pregnancy and birth, so I do feel that we were being watched over! Ixchel just seemed like a perfect choice. Paloma is 1/2 Brazilian and 1/2 Mexican. And I really wanted a name with a story that would take her back to her Mexican ancestry, and hope to one day take her to Ixchel’s shrine on the Mexican island of Cozumel. Our family is actually from Michoacan, but I couldn’t find a name from that region that fit my criteria.”

Raya Rose

River Luca James

Saoirse Mae

Sawyer James

“Sawyer is named after the country band Sawyer Brown & James is my fathers name.”

Solomon Lloyd

Talbot Garrett Edward

“Talbot is for the county I grew up in on the Eastern Shore of MD.
Garrett is for the most Western MD county, where my husband grew up.
Edward is for my great-uncle and father in law.”

Wednesday Eliza

Zeppelin Mililani

“My bestfriend picked the name Zeppelin right before she passed away, unexpectedly. Her last text message to me said ” You should name him Zeppelin Mililani!” Mililani is her middle name. So we did, in memory of one of the greatest people I have ever come across. Kiersten Nicole-Mililani Hammer.”