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Posted: January 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Misc. | 6 Comments »

Choosing the names of multiples (like every other aspect of being a multiple parent) is just a little more complicated than choosing a name for a singleton. Not only do you have to consider which name you want to hear yourself repeating (in various tones of voice) for the rest of your life, you have to consider how it sounds along with that of their siblings.

Our boys names are Lincoln Davis and Wyatt Josef. Mr. Wonderful had suggested Lincoln or Davis as first names early on and Wyatt had always been a favorite of mine. It took us a long time to agree on our first boy/girl names and when we found out there were two we decided on our back-up names that same day. Because we were waiting until delivery to see if we had boys or girls we had 8 names picked out ready to go. Our 1st choice name was Baby A from the beginning. We didn’t change a thing from the day we found out there were twins.

Did you stick with family names? We did use some family names, although not the obvious ones. Davis is my Grandmother’s Maiden name and Josef is a family name on both sides although we used the spelling from my husband’s Croatian roots. We did have to dig a bit to find family names that we a) loved (we’ll pass on Vinco!) and b) weren’t overused in current generations (John and James were out).

How do you feel about “matchy” names? We were really against matchy names from the start.

Did you worry about their names “coordinating?” This is something we wanted, at least a little bit. We didn’t want a more modern name with a traditional name, we did achieve this I think. Lincoln and Wyatt although different in style bring you to the same time in history. The hardest part for us was deciding on names with or without nick-names. Lincoln shortens up to Linc pretty easily but there isn’t really anything for Wyatt. We didn’t even think about just how coordinated Lincoln Davis was until after the boys were born and someone asked if he was named after both presidents during the Civil War. That was purely coincidence!

Did you name your babies before you met them, or wait until you saw them to assign names? We assigned our names to Baby A and Baby B, and they seem to be perfect, just as they are. Wyatt is 100% crazy boy, Lincoln is our more laid back thinker if you will. If they would have been reversed I don’t know if they would fit as well.

What were your second choices? Our Girl names were Hazel Adeline and Charlotte Lucille- all family names.

Did you consider the popularity of a name as a deciding factor? We really didn’t want anything that was popular. No Kaylee’s or Ethan’s here. Wyatt ended up being in the top 30 names for Minnesota the year the boys were born and I think that is as close to popular as we want to get. I’ve had 5 people in my Facebook friends tell me they have their own Lincoln since the boys were born- that was a surprise!

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6 Comments on “Question of the week.”

  1. 1 sarah kay said at 11:28 am on January 24th, 2010:

    hey!! about your question…my girls were 18 months when we got pregnant and just over 2.5 years when their sister was born. It's not nearly as crazy as I thought it would be. The girls love their little sister and the baby sits in her swing or on the floor and just watches her sisters play. it's cute really. we are done having kids for awhile…maybe forever. we aren't 100% yet. do you plan on ever trying again? i would really like a boy some day.


  2. 2 KJ said at 2:45 pm on January 24th, 2010:

    We had the same thing after the boys were born! Out of no where, we met 2 other sets of twin boys with their names. Crazy!

  3. 3 Safire said at 4:27 pm on January 24th, 2010:

    I like how you blended both of your likes and your husband's together to get your names. Cute!

  4. 4 Twin-Spiration said at 11:57 pm on January 24th, 2010:

    I think your names are adorable.

  5. 5 Laura said at 12:22 pm on January 25th, 2010:

    I love the names of your boys and I like the choices you had for girls. My husband liked the name Davis, but we had 2 girls so maybe the next pregnancy!

  6. 6 Dianna@KennedyAdventures said at 10:58 am on January 30th, 2010:

    I didn't know Ethan was super popular …. that's one of my boys' middle names.

    I love the Croatian spelling you used!

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