THREE BECOME FIVE: This week the name of game is the naming game...

Angie Charnock, who is expecting twins. With her huband Neil and son Finley.
Angie Charnock, who is expecting twins. With her huband Neil and son Finley.
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Angie Charnock, 36, lives in Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, is married to Neil, has a four-year-old son Finley and is expecting twins.

How do you name twins? Should you theme the names? Should they start with the same initial? Should they be classic or unusual?

Naming one baby and committing to that name throughout your pregnancy is hard enough.

Also, how do you decide which baby has which name?

I read an article about the impact of multiple births on existing siblings. I am very conscious not to exclude my first-born from this life changing event and do not want him to feel that he is not ‘part of the team’.

Apparently we should give the babies individual names and try not to refer to them as ‘the twins’ so that my eldest will not feel left out of ‘Team Twin’.

We also shouldn’t dress them the same but I can’t make any promises there...

We used my father’s Christian name as our son’s middle name and like the idea of continuing to use family names but unfortunately our families do not have a particularly exciting pool of girls’ names to choose from.

We like the classic names but certainly do not want a name that features highly on the 2015 list of top babies’ names. My sister has named her two little girls lovely old fashioned names I am sure will be the only ones in their classes at school, and possibly the whole school!

We named our son very easily. My husband came up with the name Finley and we both loved it straight away.

Unfortunately, on going to register his name when he was born, the registrar informed us that she had seen a lot of Finleys that year!

We still love it though and it thoroughly suits him.

We’ve decided to keep what we think are our current chosen names to ourselves until the babies are born. I let slip while pregnant with Finley of the name we had chosen for him and was very uncomfortable having people referring to my unborn baby as ‘Finley’.

I’m sure this is completely down to personal choice but for me it just felt wrong.

Knowing the baby’s genders has obviously helped us narrow down our name choices. I know a lot of people say it ruins the magic but I’m sure being handed two babies whether you know their gender or not is pretty special.