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Jeffrey Tambor's New Twins Named Eli and Hugo

Jeffrey Tambor's New Twins Named Eli and Hugo
Photo Credit: Bauer Griffin/AXELLE

He played a twin in Arrested Development, and now Jeffrey Tambor is the father of twins named Hugo Bernard and Eli Nicholas. According to Namipedia, Hugo means heart, mind, spirit and is of Old French and Old German descent; Eli is Hebrew and means high ascent

As twin names go, Hugo and Eli signal distinct identities, rather than a matching set. But we notice that the names are similar in subtle ways:

  • According to Baby Name Voyager, Eli and Hugo share similar popularity curves (and both are on the way up).
  • They're each two syllables.
  • They each end in a vowel.

Even within these parameters, the effect could have been a lot more "matchy" (think Eli and Milo). By choosing Eli and Hugo, names with no sounds in common but with subtle similarities, we think Tambor and his wife Kasia have signaled distinct yet harmonious identities for their new twins.

What do you think?

--L.R.

Comments

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October 15, 2009 2:48 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I think they are a great pair. Lov ethe name Hugo -- wonder if it has a chance of coming back?

October 15, 2009 9:33 PM
By Sebastiane (not verified)

oooo, I adore Bernard and glad to see him get some usage, even if it is only in the middle name. I agree, this is a great pair. Congratulations to them.

October 16, 2009 9:21 AM
By Zoerhenne (not verified)

Not my favorite names for personal use but I think he did well with not making them overly matchy yet still connecting them in a few ways. Good job Jeffrey. However, it will only fuel the Eli and Hugo fires and make them even more popular if celebs start using them. Anonymous, my answer would be yes-it is getting ready for a comeback as are some others in that category.
P.S. Jeffrey IS a name I would use personally!

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