20 Perfectly Paired Baby Names for Boy-Girl Twins

Genny Glassman | Aug 30, 2017 Pregnancy

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Hooray! Look who's having adorable boy-girl twins! Anticipate double the love and double the snuggles. But first, a prepared mama needs to double the baby names. Research shows that twins have a special connection. We know it's hard to find the perfect boy and girl name, but getting two that work together doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, it can be a time of real creativity. The names on this list not only look good together, but they sound perfect too.

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They'll roll off the tongue, like Hansel and Gretel, and will give a pair of twins a deep and special connection. In essence, they're the salt and pepper of baby names, if one will! 

In the past, we've written heartfelt essays about breastfeeding twins. Or even this woman's story of how she survived bed rest when her unborn twins needed a miracle. But we'd like to think that getting the perfect matching baby name pair will start any mom's journey into motherhood off just right!

So put the registry on hold and pull out the name list to add these 20 adorable baby-name pairings perfect for a brand-new brother and sister. Who knows, one could find names that go together better than peanut butter and jelly!

And tell us: Which names on this list go together best?

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  • Hazel and Hugo

    1

    A name pairing perfect for quirkier parents, Hazel literally means "hazel trees," while Hugo is derived from French and means "heart, mind, and spirit." Neither name is super popular -- Hazel was the 23rd most popular baby name all the way back in the 1890s -- but both are one the rise. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt named their daughter Hazel in 2014, and Ginnifer Goodwin welcomed her son, Hugo, in 2016.

  • Emma and Evan

    2

    Emma, which means "strength," and Evan, meaning "youth," are two names that are popular the world over. Combined, they make the top baby names lists for Switzerland, England, Canada, Ireland, France, and Australia ... and that's only to name a few. Here in the States, Emma has stayed consistently popular, while Evan came in at 38 among the most popular baby names in 2008. Looking good, guys!

  • Eva and Ethan

    3

    A perfect pair! Both Eva and Ethan have Hebrew origins -- Eva meaning "life" and Ethan meaning "strength" -- that we think complement each other! If you're looking for a little Hollywood inspiration, Eva Mendes, Eva Gabor, and Eva Longoria have all fared well with the name. Meanwhile, actor Ethan Hawke gives this first name some intellectual, heartthrob vibes.

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  • Christina and Christian

    4

    These names are mirrors of each other. Both names mean "a follower of Christ," and both names have always been in favor here in the US. Christina peaked in the '70s at #16, while Christian had its moment in the '90s at #32. A little bit matchy-matchy, but still extremely cute. We think this pair is a winner!

  • Vivienne and Val

    5

    These name have a little Hollywood glamour to them. Vivienne has been incredibly popular with A-listers, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and fashion designer Vivienne Woods. 

    Val is another name with Hollywood presence. Like the actor Val Kilmer, Val is cool and unique.

  • Taylor and Tyler

    6

    A cutesy-pairing that roles off the tongue, we think Taylor and Tyler sound perfect together. Taylor (coming from the French "to cut") and Tyler (meaning "one who lays tiles") kind of go well together in their meaning too, huh? In the 1990s both Taylor and Tyler rose to #9 in popularity for their respective genders. Perfect! 

  • Madison and Mason

    7

    Madison is a classic name that hit the height of its popularity in the 1990s. Mason, a name popular in Cananda, Scotland, and Australia, recently came back into favor after Kourtney Kardashian used it for her firstborn son. So chic!

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  • Ava and Alexander

    8

    If you want your twins to always be first alphabetically, Ava and Alexander may be a good choice! Ava is popular the world over, and Alexander, meaning "defender of mankind," was the name of the Greek conqueror Alexander the Great. In our opinion, both names are wonderful!

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  • Sophia and Samuel

    9

    These two names have special meanings. Sophia means "wisdom" or "skill" in Greek, and Samuel means "his name is God" in Hebrew. Sophia ranked as THE most popular name in 2011, possibly due to the influence of famous Sophias like Sophia Bush, Loren, and Vergara (though she spells it Sofia).

  • Penelope and Pax

    10

    Two very famous baby names for your little superstars! Penelope only rose in popularity within the last six years -- and a certain reality star just might be the reason. Kourtney Kardashian named her daughter Penelope in 2012. Pax, meaning "peace," is also a celeb choice: It's the name of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's second son. Though it has yet to trend, we think this baby name is due for its big break!

  • Chloe and Caleb

    11

    Two chic names for your little fashionistas! Chloe, meaning "blooming" in Greek, is the name of a French fashion house, as well as another plucky young upstart, Khloe Kardashian. Possibly because of the Kardashian influence, Chloe rose to popularity in 2009, coming in at #9. Caleb, a Hebrew name meaning "faithful," is also very trendy.

  • Savannah and Sebastian

    12

    These names sound so good together! Savannah, like the city in Georgia, means "a tree-less plain," and Sebastian, much like the crab from The Little Mermaid, is a sophisticated name that we think you'll adore. These kids will have the coolest names in school!

  • Lily and Luke

    13

    Like the flower, Lily is a beautiful and natural name that has only gotten more and more popular. In 2011 it even ranked at #15 in US popularity! Luke, like the Jedi, is derived from the Latin word for "light," but don't let its Star Wars reputation influence you. Luke is a dashing name, perfect for your little gent -- or a hero!

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  • Dylan and Dean

    14

    We know that Dylan is usually a "boy's name," but we think that paired with Dean, it's a quirky twist for a little girl! Dylan means "sea" in Welsh, and it's a perfect gender-neutral choice. Dean, meaning "valley" in Old English, spiked in popularity in the '50s, meaning this cool name is retro!

  • Naomi and Noah

    15

    Naomi is a feisty and intelligent name that means "pleasant" or "delightful" in Hebrew, whereas Noah, which has a strong, noble, and Biblical connotation, means "rest" or "comfort." Both names have had strong showings of popularity, but we think these are strong choices no matter what!

  • Avery and Aiden

    16

    Avery, meaning, "ruler of the elves," and Aiden, meaning "little and fiery," are two names that parents love. Avery, which has been trending in the US ever since it hit #13 on the most popular baby names in 2012, is both cool and classic. Aiden, who will always be the name of the perfectly great boyfriend that Carrie Bradshaw tossed aside (it's fine, I'm over it), also peaked at #9 in 2009. 

  • Grace and Gavin

    17

    Grace, meaning "eloquence, beauty, kindness, and mercy," and Gavin, meaning "a hawk" or "a battle," are a natural yin-and-yang. Just think of Grace Kelly and musician Grace Jones or rockers Gavin DeGraw and Gavin Rossdale. This is a case of opposites attracting, we think!

  • Imogen and Isaac

    18

    This pair is an antique, but in a great way! Imogen, meaning "maiden" in Gaelic, and Isaac, meaning "laughter" in Hebrew, go together like peanut butter and jelly. Don't you think scientist Isaac Newton or singer Imogen Heap would agree?

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  • Juliette and James

    19

    This names are so sweet together! Juliette, French for "youth," has been a favorite since the classic play by Shakespeare, and James, which means "seizing by the heel," has always been popular. These are two solid, classic names that have staying power!

  • Claire and Clive

    20

    Claire, meaning "bright" or "famous," and Clive, meaning "cliff," are a cute pair of popular British names that Americans will love. Though Clive has never been a trending baby name here in the US, Claire has had her moment in the spotlight, coming in at number 44 on the most popular baby names in 2014. Not to mention they remind us of actors Claire Danes and Clive Owens, who are a perfect acting pair! Cheers!

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