How we chose our twins' names.

Luke & Leia, Hansel & Gretal, Jaime & Cersei. Naming boy-girl twins can be tricky. Maybe you go with the pop culture route (although maybe side-step the Lannister one for obvious reasons), use the same first initial or ones that rhyme. The combinations are endless and the nights ahead will be sleepless enough without having to come up with a clever set of names for your twins. We decided not to wait until our boy-girl twins were born to pick a couple “finalist” names and decide once we met them. Here’s how we went about it.

When we first found out we were pregnant with twins, we decided we’d have two boy and two girl names then make the decision when they were born. That was the easy part. The hard part was trying to pick something so important and permanent, but not overly complicated or basic.

A friend gifted us a best baby names for 2014. We already had a pretty solid idea what their middle names would be based on family traditions and family names, so we could essentially work in reverse to find names that we thought worked with their middle and surnames.

Our boy names were more pop culture than anything else. Despite me almost immediately campaigning for Luke & Leia, only to be as quickly shot down, we shortlisted ones like Bowie, Logan and Hemingway. Wouldn’t it be cute to have a little Hemi running around!? For girls, we went a bit more traditional, shortlisting Edith, Charlotte and Eleanor. The last two were our finalists for a girls name.

Then the time came and the unexpected happened. We were 100% certain of our sons name the first moment we saw him. It all made sense that he would forever be our fair haired warrior. However, our daughter just wasn’t a Charlotte or an Eleanor. It took us a good 6 hours of looking back at our shortlist, seeing if there was one that fit and suddenly one we had dismissed early on was the right fit.

It’s funny how stressful naming your twins can be. Worse case, when they turn 18, they can always change it to Spider-man like they want to now at age 3.