#1. Names that sound too much alike. Using names that start with the same letter (Jacob and Joshua) is a warning flag. So is using rhyming names (Gabriella and Isabella). Those, however, raise the "overly cutesy" warning flag -- people find twins "precious" enough without being given an extra reason. What seems really problematic is when the names are so close that nobody's ever sure who you're talking to. "Come over here, Taylor! No, stay there, Tyler, I said 'Tyler'...no I mean, Taylor. Which one are you again?" We were recently looking at the child development section in Raising Twins: What Parents Want to Know (and What Twins Want to Tell Them). Apparently learning to respond to their own name is an important developmental milestone -- why would you want to make that harder for your twins? Some of the worst offenders:
- At #42 on the girl/girl names, Haylee and Kaylee.
- At #20 on the boy/boy names, Christian and Christopher. "Chris, stop hitting Chris!"
- The worst ones seem to be the boy/girl names. Maybe people think there will be less confusion. The top 3 name pairs are Madison and Mason, Taylor and Tyler, and Addison and Aiden, which all are problematic, but not as much as #36, Landon and London.
- Here, girl/girl names are the most likely to go wrong. At #2 is Faith and Hope, and #14 is Faith and Grace.
- At #7, we have Heaven and Nevaeh. I was appalled that people would do this just to create palindromes. I was even more shocked to discover that Nevaeh has been in the top 40 for singletons for the past 3 years! Also surprising -- Neveah has cracked the top 1000 lately. I'll give a pass to Aidan and Nadia (#10 on the boy/girl list) because it's slightly more subtle.
- At #18, London and Paris. I realize Paris isn't "Adolf", but do you really want to start your daughter down that path? Also, I missed the memo on when London was no longer a boy's name.