We are Andy and Amy Armstrong and we are expecting twin girls on November 17th.
We have two children - my oldest from a prior marriage:
Chase Larkin 14 yr old son and together Larkin Murphy 4 yr daughter
We don't want any name that begins with A
My great-grandfather's name was Larkin Timothy Murphy hence the family name I used as my children have different last names which I didn't like - so they share my family name.
My grandmother was Violet Murphy and my father in law is Dan. We have quite a list going and I am trying to narrow things down prior to birth and would like input that is positive vs the debate friends and family can start.
My mothers maiden name was McBrayer but any form of that is better for a boy than girl I think?
So the list in no particular order is:
- Murphy (I keep hearing this is a dog name which irritates me but I think middle name for this)
- Carson (name we had in mind when Larkin was born but waited until we saw her to name her)
- Camryn (same as above)
- Marley (again with the dog comments)
The Irish theme is strong obviously but I am open to suggestions. I don't want the girls to have sing/song names as they are individuals.
Oh fun! Okay, I'm going to start making some pairs:
Harper and Keely
Harper and Kylie
Camryn and Marley
Carsyn and Marley
Harper and Marley
Harper and Lily
Harper and Rory
Harper and Finley
Rory and Finley
Harper and Camryn
Kylie and Zoe
Keely and Zoe
Lily and Lauren
Lauren and Camryn
Keely and Marley
Zoe and Lauren
Camryn and Zoe
Rory and Zoe
Finley and Kylie
Well! That's not very helpful, is it! No wonder you're having trouble narrowing it down!
I changed the spelling of Carson to Carsyn to make it go with Marley, but I didn't do much more of that in case you hate that spelling. I think otherwise Carson makes it look like boy-girl twins, or makes it appear that there is an expectation that one girl will be tomboyish and the other girly, as in twin-based sitcoms.
I think Harper goes with a LOT of the names on the list.
I wondered if Lily/Lauren and Lauren/Camryn and Keely/Marley and Finley/Kylie would be too matchy for you because of similar sounds, but put them on the list anyway because to me they're just the right amount of matchy to please people who like twin names to coordinate, without sounding like sugar-and-spice.
I think Murphy and McBrayer would make an excellent pair of middle names. Harper Murphy and Keely McBrayer. Lily Murphy and Lauren McBrayer. Rory Murphy and Finley McBrayer. And so on.
I'm reluctant to add any MORE names to the mix, since you have so many good ones already and since with twins there is a huge increase in number of combinations for each added name. But for father-in-law namesakes, I wanted to add Dania, Daniella, and Danica. Violet and Daniella is a nice pair, and Danica goes with a lot of the names on the list: Danica and Camryn, Danica and Harper, Danica and Zoe, Danica and Marley, etc.
Everyone, please say your favorite combinations and let's see if we can narrow it down a little. I think my favorites are Rory and Finley, Harper and Keely, and Harper and Marley---but gosh, I don't know, every time I look at the list I change my mind.
Name update 11-18-2009!
Amy and Andy are proud to announce their two beautiful baby girls born Tuesday, November 17
Brin Murphy Armstrong
born 12:07 pm
6 pounds 12 ounces
Erin McBrayer Armstrong
born 12:08 pm
5 pounds 3 ounces
Everyone is doing great!