What's in a Name? | Twins Edition

Happy Monday, y'all!
I thought I'd spice up another name post today and do a new edition featuring twins.  {Click here to see the first (and only, for some reason)!}

It's not too often stories feature main characters as twins, or even featuring a twin.  I think the names are important in those that do!  They could be awfully cruel and rhyme, start with the same letters, have opposite meanings of the other, or not match in any way at all.  

For example, my dear padawans, the names could have opposite meanings like water and fire, sun and moon, or calm and storm.  Or they could start with coinciding letters of the alphabet (i.e. "a" and "b", "s" and "t", or even "a" and "z").  Or they could be extremely similar and begin with the same letters in order to confuse family members and friends.  *wink wink*

Here are some I think pair perfectly:


Lani
F | Hawaiian

Meaning "sky, heaven, royal, majesty" in Hawaiian


Terra
F | English

Possibly influenced by the Latin word terra meaning "land, earth."






Aiden
M | English (modern)

Variant of Aidan, which is ultimately derived from the Old Irish name Aodh, meaning "fire."

Zander
MEnglish (modern)

Variant of Xander, which is the short form of Alexander, meaning something along the lines of "defender of men."


Roland
MEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Dutch, Hungarian, Medieval French

From two Germanic elements: hrod meaning "fame" and land "land," though there are theories that the second element may have been nand, meaning "brave").

Rochelle
F | English

From the name of a city in France, La Rochelle, meaning "little rock." 

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Would you use any of these names for your characters?  What other combos do YOU think make great pairs for twin siblings?  I'd love to hear your feedback! (I may even feature it in the next twin post.)  :]
Have a lovely week!

Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

3 comments

  1. Gah, yes, can't agree more with the importance of naming twins right....

    I love the name Aiden - my BFF's brother is named that (except that he spells it Aidan).

    Cosmos and Damian, as well as Perpetua and Felicity, are two pairings for twins that I would do. Only reason why is because both pairs are martyrs (and they died with each other, so the names are inseparable to me. If that makes any sense whatsoever).

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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  2. This is epic. I have a couple old WIPs with twins. This really helps with ideas. Once again, an awesome post! Thanks, Sarah! <3

    ~Ivie| Ivie Writes

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  3. Oh, this is so cool! I've never even thought about having twins as main characters in my story. I've had a few here and there who are minor characters, but I should maybe try to write a story where it's a major part. That would be awesome!

    I loved your points about the names pairing well with each other. Sometimes I think parents are hilariously cruel to their children with their names, but I guess they have to get their fun in somehow, right?

    Great post!

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