Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Names for the Twins that have been Suggested by our Friends

(given that the level 2 ultrasound appears to show a pair of boys)

  • Cain and Abel (obvious no)
  • "John and Jon, or vice versa" (thanks, John)
  • Ephraim and Manasseh (sons of Joseph, referenced in the Shabbat night blessing of sons ("May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh") - too obvious, and to my New Englander's ear sounding too much like characters in a Hawthorne novel, or early Great Awakening tent revivalists. Though himself admits to liking the idea of having a kid who goes by "Manny")
  • Eep and Oop (what?)
  • Jacob and Esau (I mean really, with all that stuff about the birthright and the pot of lentils, it's just asking for trouble. Plus what if neither of them has a full head of hair?)
  • Bubba and Bruno (maybe if they become surf bums)
  • Luke and Leia (did you miss the part about two boys?)
  • Anakin and Amidala (same problem, plus overt incest reference)
  • Uz and Buz (extremely obscure Biblical reference, Book of Habbakuk)
  • David One and David Two (David, have you met John?)

Nobody, surprisingly, has yet gone with "Heckle and Jeckle," but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. Still, a lot of them are better than Twin A and Twin B, which are their technical names at the moment. My mother calls them the Alphababies for this reason.

ETA: From comments to Rex's Facebook posting (these are all anthro references):
  • Franz and Alfred
  • Rivers and Haddon
And from a Byzantinist friend:
  • Castor and Pollux
  • Hypnos and Thanatos (I ask you)


Natalia said...

George and Eliot. The sneaky way to name boys after a woman without subjecting them to a lifetime of hazing.

Tommy said...

Well, God is great and She will probably forgive you and your partner for producing males.

How about Jacob and Wilhelm or
Wonderful and Counselor?

Kate Elliott said...


I'm in Oregon, and my dad suggests Pete and Repeat (not sure how the second should be spelled).

If I have not told you the story of why I had twins, it involves Castor and Pollux.

Our David was going to be Themistocles, but we decided too many people would call him "Them" for short.

Also, what I've discovered is that I still often refer to them by their hospital labels: Twin A and Twin B. That would work longer term, too.


Anonymous said...

Daniel and Benjamin. Familial and not too weird.

Melinda said...

Some of Penny's favorite preschool little-guy buddies are named (in no particular order) Jonah, Omer, Connor, Nainoa and Jaxon (as opposed to our Jackson)... for other boys' names, I also like Drew (short for Andrew), Simon, Evan and Nick (short for any number of gentlemanly names)... and to go a more British route, I've always liked Liam and Ioan (pronounced Y0-wen for those of you who haven't followed the Horatio Hornblower miniseries). I do think you should reserve the right to make a last-minute change-of-name upon seeing the babies when they arrive. I've heard from more than one friend that they had a name picked out and when they actually met their baby, it wasn't the right name at all. On the other hand, you don't want to be like my friends who as of last report still had a two-week old baby whose name they STILL hadn't decided on. Poor kid.

mindy said...

Pam went with "Goose" and "Maverick" as in-utero nicknames (made much cuter by someone finding them actual baby-sized leather flight jackets for their first birthday). I'd have suggested Starbuck and Apollo if it were five years ago, but now you'll just be giving one of them gender-identity issues. :) How about two of the three Lone Gunmen? or Mulder and Skinner? or Frank and Joe, after the Hardy Boys? (or Franz and Hans, who will be sure to pump (clap) YOU up!)