Here is a list of stuff you might want to know:
- I am pregnant with twin girls
- They will be delivered by a c-section on the 2nd of April
- They don't exactly have names yet
- We have a list of names we love, but cannot choose
- Our last name starts with a 'H' and ends with an 'n' (but that's not important because all of the names we like sound okay with it!)
What I mean by they don't "exactly" have names yet is that we know that baby A will be called Emmie. I love it so much! Anyway, the problem with Emmie is it might be a bit too cutesy for an adult. I know that problem is easily solved by giving her a longer name and calling her Emmie. However there are not really any longer names I LOVE. We have considered the Swedish name Emelie (e-MEEL-ee, not Emily), and while I like it, I can't imagine having a daughter Emelie, if that makes sense? Another name I like is Emerson, but I don't know if a grown business woman would rather be called Emerson over Emmie anyway? It might be a bit 'trendy'. We have looked at countless names with the nickname Emmie, but none really stand out. Should we just go with Emmie, or is Emmie too cutesy? Or should we use Emelie even though we would never call her that?
Okay, onto baby B! This is our list...we have cut it down A LOT:
Honestly when saying "Emmie and (insert each of the names on our list)", Emmie and Leah gives me the most warm and fuzzy feeling (maybe it's because they both have an 'e' sound in them, so they sound cute together). BUT Leah is my mum's name. My mum is my biggest inspiration, and she is truly an amazing lady. I would love to name my daughter after her, but I worry that it could get confusing and I'm worried that Emmie would be jealous that she wasn't named after anyone. Also when I think to myself 'oh maybe Leah is the way to go', I get sad because I want to use another name, LOL. The girls will most likely be our only babies, so I don't even have the hope that I will be able to use the other names.
So, yeah...I don't know what to do!
What are your thoughts? Could you perhaps do a poll for baby B?
Okay! I've put a poll over to the right! [Poll closed; see results below.]
My impulse after reading through just once is to suggest you name them Emma and Leah. I like the matching endings and matching number of letters/syllables. If I were a businesswoman, or even if I weren't, I would prefer to have Emma to fall back on. I love the parts about really wanting to honor your mother and about getting the warmest feeling from that combination, and I think it's unlikely Emmie would be jealous: (1) I usually suggest giving the honor name to the second-born twin so that they each have something special, and that's what you're already planning, and (2) I think the way you love the name Emmie so much is enough to provide balance.
Problems with this idea: (1) one of the things you like is the matching E sounds, and that's gone in the formal names; (2) the nicknames (Emmie and Lee) are not as compatible as the full names; and (3) presumably you've already considered and rejected the name Emma.
My second suggestion is to name them Emme and Leah. Emmie and Emme are pronounced the same, but to me Emmie seems like a nickname while Emme looks professional/complete. Emme and Leah have the matching number of letters and the matching E sound, but not the matching endings. Problem with this idea: spelling/pronunciation issues with Emme.
My third suggestion is to use the name Leah to give you a long form of Emmie: something like Emmalia. Problems with this idea: (1) significantly diminishes the honor name; (2) spelling/pronunciation issues, especially being mistaken for a re-spelling of Amelia (I'm picturing it instead pronounced like Emma Leah); (3) even harder to come up with a twin name.
My fourth suggestion is to use Leah as a middle name for one girl, and use Lila as the middle name for the other. Then Emmie or Emme or Emma for the first name of Twin A, and perhaps Ava for Twin B. Emma Lila and Ava Leah. This lets you use four of the names you like. Problems with this idea: (1) it uses up four of the names you like, which could be a regret if you have more children to name later on; (2) no nickname for Ava.
My fifth suggestion is to leave Twin B's name until after the twins are born. Take a look at her, and then pick from your list. From your list of five, I think the first four are best with Emmie. Emmie and Scarlett seems like too big a style difference: one super-sweet and one super-sassy. Charlotte is very similar in sound but more like Emmie in style: Emma and Charlotte, Emmie and Lottie.
Name update! R. writes:
Our healthy twin girls were born on the 2nd of April. We decided to name them Emma Lynlee Rose and Leah Adele Beth. Emmie and Leah :-)
Thank you for convincing me to use Leah!