When I occasionally feel the need to be inspired by names, I pull up the website for the London Telegraph and flick through the names in the Birth Announcements section. This happened to me yesterday, and I picked up on a noticeable pattern in the boy/girl twin names. Here’s a quick selection:
Archie Jack and Ottilie Rose
Arthur and Honor
Benjamin George and Marissa Penelope
Kitty Bridget and Oliver Joseph
Martha Jennifer Hannah and Samuel William Barnard
Maya Rose Elizabeth and Thomas Eliot Riou
Notice that same thing I did? The boys seem to have more ‘mainstream’ names than their sister. The first one, Archie and Ottilie, was the one that I picked up on first. In terms of popularity, Archie is at #24 in the rankings whilst Ottilie is at #878 in the 2010 England&Wales rankings, but in terms of style, they actually go hand-in-hand almost.
It’s an interesting thing, really. I love seeing twin sets which go against what we believe to be twin names- think Madison&Mason and so forth; a set I always cite as a favourite example of twin-naming is the musicians Tegan&Sara.
Where do you stand on the issue? Does it really matter if one twin has a name much more mainstream than the other?