Twin Name Splitting

Twins Ame and Lia, from

Naming one child is hard, nevermind two. I ended up mentioning two twinsets on Twitter last night, and it’s the second one which came to inspire this post. The first so-called twinset were called Floren and Reuben, I say so called because it really was a non-story. Both were conceived via IVF from eggs fertilised at the same time; Reuben is five years older than newborn Floren. They’re really just normal siblings, with Yahoo! making a story out of nothing.

As for the second set which inspired this post, they’re called Ame and Lia. They were conceived the normal way three weeks apart after one another and were born in 2007, when the name Amelia ranked at #10 in England&Wales. Another thing to mention about the case of Ame and Lia is that they also share their name with their mother, who is called Amelia.

We’ve seen twins given rhyming names, and boy/girl ones given names such as Stephen and Stephanie so the concept of splitting a name up and giving one half to each twin certainly seems like a tactic destined to be loved by those who like matchy twin names. In essense, the twins are sharing one name between them.

Yes, in terms of the mother above, she could have called them Amy and Leah, but in a way I can see the sweet connection between their names as they’re spelled. I think this tactic of naming twins reaps some benefits from the nickname trend, since nicknames such as Will for William become more commonplace as they stand.

The place this starts to stick slightly is when it comes to boy/girl twins. Logic would suggest one use a unisex name, but most which come immediately to mind don’t lend themselves well to the task: Riley; Peyton; Sawyer; Rowan; Phoenix; Remy. I’m open to suggestions here. At a push, one could split the name Alexander, giving unisex nickname Alex to the girl and Xander/Ander to the boy. It seems a litte forced, however. Then again, you could call the whole idea forced. Surely one should be giving each twin their own name, rather than half of one?

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7 thoughts on “Twin Name Splitting

  1. I’ve seen twins named Will & Liam and Ben & Jamin (pn “jay-min”). I think it’s silly personally. Twins are two separate individuals who deserve two separate individual names. Splitting names is like saying one can’t be whole without the other. It’s a sweet idea in theory, and I know there are twins who are like that, but then there are those twins who can’t stand each other…


  2. I have to agree with Emily here; what message are you giving each child? That they don’t deserve a full name, they have to share one with their twin? Oh, AND their mother!

    (I must note here that my own name is a variant of my mother’s, and my sister’s name also contains a variant of my own within it – that’s bad enough, so the idea of just being given a tiny piece of a name is pretty horrifying to me).


  3. The Name Station

    I feel like Ame + Lia gets TOO creative, you know? Lia’s fine, but Ame…is it like aim, am-ay, amy?

    I do love the idea of minor alterations to parent/grandparent names for babies though, but not big on splitting the difference for twins. Unless it’s a perfect selection, you know? Like taking Alessandra and having either Ali and Sandra or Alessa and Andra. Both great names, if not a little too similar for twins, anyway.


  4. I’m not a fan…. but in theory it’s fun… There are the obvious names that are already compounds, like Rose/Mary or Mary/Anne… But, even if they are stretches, how about:

    Chris/Tina (either boy/girl or girl/girl)
    Ari(Anne) (boy/girl)
    Isa/Bella (Isa or Ysa)
    Theo/Dora (girl/boy)
    Nathan/Niel (Okay, there’s an extra N in that one)


  5. Elisa + Beth. 🙂
    or Eliza + Beth of course.
    Rosa + LIa
    Isa + Bella
    Mira + Bella
    Willa + Mina

    Can we cross genders?
    Henri + Etta
    Jose + Fina


  6. Awkward Turtle

    The ideas here are fun and interesting, but I don’t think it would really work out in real life.


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