Choosing a name for twins is, in many ways, twice as hard as choosing a name for a single newborn. There are so many more things to consider. You obviously want a set of baby names that sound complimentary or fit well together. There are some time-tested strategies for naming twins like choosing rhyming names or nicknames or selecting names so that the twins have matching initials. These are great places to start, but there are some issues that can come up and you really need to think things out. For instance, if you like the idea of rhyming names and you’re having twin girls, you might think a pair of names like Nia and Mia would work. Think again. Mia and Nia sound way too similar and it will be hard for you and your kids to distinguish which one of them is being called, admonished, praised, etc. Avoid that frustration by choosing rhyming names that aren’t too similar or by selecting names that have rhyming nicknames. For instance, Abigail and Gabrielle can go by Abby and Gabby. Further, you don’t want to choose matching names that have the same nickname. For instance, Madeline and Madison both shorten to Maddy. We’re here to help take out some of the guesswork and help you find the best set of names for your twins. No matter if you’re expecting twin girls, twin boys, or a twin girl and a twin boy. Here are 40 cute name sets for twins.
40. Daniel & Samuel
The slightly rhyming name set Daniel and Samuel contains two very handsome names for boys that can both stand alone. The name Daniel means “God is my judge.” The name Samuel means “name of God.”
39. Chloe & Zoe
For a pair of girls, the names Chloe and Zoe are a fun rhyming pair. The name Chloe is Greek and means “blooming.” Also a Greek name, Zoe means “life.” Both names have lively meanings and both sound beautiful.
38. Ava & Aiden
For a twin boy and girl, a great option is choosing names that start with the same letter. Ava and Aiden are both attractive names that stand on their own but nod to twinhood. The name Ava means “bird.” The name Aiden means “fiery.”
37. Taylor & Tyler
For two boys, you can also choose names that start with the same letter. Taylor and Tyler are close, but not too close. Taylor is a unisex name which means this pairing would work great for a girl/boy twin set as well. The name means “cutter of the cloth.” The name Tyler means “brick.”
36. Evie & Emma
How cute would a pair of girls sound with the names Evie and Emma? Both names start with “E” and have two syllables which make them sound great together. The name Evie means “life.” And, Emma means “whole.”
35. Addison & Austin
Addison and Austin are two stately names that sound incredible together. Addison means “son of Adam.” And Austin means “magic dignity.” These are two great names for a boy and girl pair.
34. Benjamin & William
Benjamin and William are two great names for boys that have the enviable nicknames Ben and Will. The name Benjamin is Hebrew and means “son of the south.” William means “resolute protector.”
33. Mia & Sophia
Both names Mia and Sophia have a glamorous sound to them. The name Mia means “dear” or “mine.” The name Sophia means “wisdom.” This pair of girl names is a winner.
32. Carter & Cooper
A set of twin boys would sound smart with names Carter and Cooper. The name Carter means “one who transports goods.” The name Cooper is an occupational name of those who repair wooden vessels. The occupational names go hand-in-hand.
31. Delaney & Dylan
Both names Delaney and Dylan have so much character and together, they’re magic. The name Delaney means “child of darkness’ and comes from Gaelic. The name Dylan means “son of the sea.” If you’re looking for two poetic names that share a beginning letter, look no further.
30. Paige & Payton
Paige and Payton are two properly punctuated and playful monikers. The name Paige means “young servant” but don’t let that stop you! The name Payton means “fighting man’s estate.” So, maybe not winners when it comes to meanings, but the names sure sound great together.
29. Aiden & Austin
As you can see, we’re fans of the names Aiden and Austin. It works well with many other names. For twin boys, Aiden and Austin go so very well together. Aiden comes from the name of a Celtic sun god. Austin comes from the Latin name, Augustine.
28. Lily & Lyle
A couple of very fun names, Lily and Lyle would be perfect for your boy and girl pair. The name Lily means “pure” or “flower.” Lyle comes from French and refers to someone who lives on an island.
27. Fiona & Felicity
Fiona and Felicity work together because they are both lyrical yet sophisticated names. The name Fiona means “fair.” The name Felicity means “good luck.” Any two girls would be happy with these names.
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26. Evan & Owen
Did you know that both Evan and Owen are Welsh names that come from the same root word? Both names, although different in sound, mean “young warrior” and are forms of the English name John. Etymology is wild!
25. Chloe & Christian
Chloe is another name that plays well with others. For a boy and girl set, Chloe and Christian sound wonderful together. Chloe was one of the many names of the Greek goddess, Demeter. Christian means “one who follows Christ.”
24. Jessa & Tessa
The rhyming names Jessa and Tessa are pretty close to one another. And, the nicknames for each, Jess and Tess are dangerously similar as well. These names are so great together, you might have to get creative with different sounding nicknames. The name Jessa means “God beholds.” The name Tessa means “to gather.”
23. Bailey & Bennett
Bailey and Bennet are great names for twins whether it’s a pair of two boys or a girl and boy. Bailey is a unisex name and means “berry clearing.” The name Bennett means “blessed.”
22. Naomi & Noah
Two names that are similar but not too close are Naomi and Noah. The name Naomi means “pleasantness.” The name Noah means “rest.” These tranquil names would be great for a girl and boy.
21. Mackenzie & Madison
Mackenzie and Madison are two names for girls that start with “M” and have the same number of syllables. They fit well together. The name Mackenzie means “born of fire” (wow!). The name Madison means “son of Matthew” or “son of Maude.” Madison is a name commonly given to girls.
20. Eric & Eli
Eric and Eli are two names for boys that complement one another. The name Eric means “eternal ruler.” The name Eli means “ascent.” For two names with such lofty meanings, Eric and Eli both sound down to earth.
19. Finn & Quinn
For a boy and girl, the names Finn and Quinn sound like an adventurous pair. The name Quinn is a unisex name and can be used for both boys and girls. It means “wisdom.” The name Finn is a boy’s name that means “fair.”
18. Sara & Cara
The rhyming names Sara and Cara are both classics. The name Sara means “princess.” The name Cara has a wonderful meaning as well, it means “love.”
17. Gavin & Grant
For boys, the handsome names Gavin and Grant sound splendid together. The name Gavin means “white hawk.” The name Grant means “great” or “tall.”
16. Lilly & Logan
Lilly and Logan sound like two peas in a pod. The name Logan is a unisex name that we love for both boys and girls. The name means “little hollow.” The name Lilly is an alternative spelling of Lily and both mean “pure” or “flower.”
15. Nora & Cora
The two old-fashioned names Nora and Cora are ready for a reboot! The name Nora means “light.” The name Cora means “maiden.” Nora and Cora are very similar, so be ready to think of some contrasting nicknames for these girls.
14. Thomas & Turner
For two boys, Thomas and Turner sound great together. The name Thomas means aptly means “twin.” The name Turner is a French occupational name that means “one who turns a lathe.”
13. Olivia & Owen
For a girl and a boy, the pairing Olivia and Owen is a match. The name Olivia means “olive tree.” As you can see, we’re fans of the name Owen because it goes so nicely with many others. Owen is also a name that connotes nobility.
12. Piper & Presley
For twin girls who you want to have spunky names, Piper and Presely are great options. The name Piper means “one who plays the pipes.” Presley means “one from a priest’s meadow.”
11. Liam & Lucas
For twin boys, Liam and Lucas would be great picks. The name Liam means “strong-willed warrior” and comes from William. The name Lucas means “bright” or “shining.”
10. Ella & Jackson
For your twin boy and girl, consider the names Jackson and Ella. The name Jackson is Scottish and means “blessed.” The poetic name Ella means “light.” We love the way these two names sound together.
9. Iris & Imani
For two bright girls, the names Imani and Iris are fabulous options. The name Imani means “faith.” The name Iris means “rainbow.” Aren’t these two names and their meanings gorgeous?
8. Matthew & Miles
Twin brothers would enjoy the names Miles and Matthew. The name Miles means “soldier.” The name Matthew means “gift.” Matt and Miles sound like an excellent pair.
7. Elise & Elijah
The sweet names Elise and Elijah would be fitting for a brother and sister. Both names come from Hebrew. The name Elise means “oath of God.” Elijah means “God is Yaweh.”
6. Lily & Lana
For a couple of sisters, Lily and Lana would be great names. They might even be nicknames for Lilianna and Alana. The name Lily (we know, we’re obsessed) means is associated with purity. The name Lana means “little rock.”
5. Jace & Joel
For two boys, Jace and Joel are a matching pair of names. The name Joel means “the Lord is God.” The name Jace means “the Lord is salvation.” Both names come from Hebrew.
4. Zoey & Zachary
There aren’t many names that start with “Z.” What a treat to find two that work so well together! The name Zoey, also spelled Zoe, means “life” and the spelling, Zoey is the more contemporary spelling. The name Zachary is another Hebrew name that means “Yahweh has remembered.”
3. Kellyn & Kylie
For your twin girls, the names Kylie and Kellyn are unique without being offbeat. The name Kylie means “graceful.” The name Kellyn means “powerful” or “bright-headed.” These two names are similar without being easily confused.
2. River & Ryder
Twin boys have a lot of great name options. River and Ryder seem like names fit for adventerous boys. The name River means exactly what you think it does! Ryder means “knight” and comes from English as well.
1. Dakota & Drew
Both names Drew and Dakota are unisex baby names. The name Drew comes from Andrew and the Irish, Ó Draoi. The name means “strong” or “from the Druids.” Dakota is an American name that means “friendly” in the Dakatoa language. For any set of twins, these two names would be excellent choices.
Naming twins can be tough because you want to show that you’ve thought it out without the names seeming too clichéd. We hope this list of 40 pairs of twin names will help guide you in the right direction. There’s no right or wrong way to name a child. Do what feels best for you and pick names that you love.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 40. Daniel & Samuel
- 2 39. Chloe & Zoe
- 3 38. Ava & Aiden
- 4 37. Taylor & Tyler
- 5 36. Evie & Emma
- 6 35. Addison & Austin
- 7 34. Benjamin & William
- 8 33. Mia & Sophia
- 9 32. Carter & Cooper
- 10 31. Delaney & Dylan
- 11 30. Paige & Payton
- 12 29. Aiden & Austin
- 13 28. Lily & Lyle
- 14 27. Fiona & Felicity
- 15 26. Evan & Owen
- 16 25. Chloe & Christian
- 17 24. Jessa & Tessa
- 18 23. Bailey & Bennett
- 19 22. Naomi & Noah
- 20 21. Mackenzie & Madison
- 21 20. Eric & Eli
- 22 19. Finn & Quinn
- 23 18. Sara & Cara
- 24 17. Gavin & Grant
- 25 16. Lilly & Logan
- 26 15. Nora & Cora
- 27 14. Thomas & Turner
- 28 13. Olivia & Owen
- 29 12. Piper & Presley
- 30 11. Liam & Lucas
- 31 10. Ella & Jackson
- 32 9. Iris & Imani
- 33 8. Matthew & Miles
- 34 7. Elise & Elijah
- 35 6. Lily & Lana
- 36 5. Jace & Joel
- 37 4. Zoey & Zachary
- 38 3. Kellyn & Kylie
- 39 2. River & Ryder
- 40 1. Dakota & Drew
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