Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Two sets of twins this month, all girls:
Most unusual middle: Wildrose (her sibs’ middles are Nightingale and Mayflower)
Here’s the full list, as reported on the Birth Announcement Forum.
“Originally I was going to name her Claire but the older children asked if they could pick a middle name for her. They chose Carys for the meaning and I loved it enough to move it to first place. Celestine was my grandmother’s name so it is a much loved family name. I love that naming this baby has been a family act of love.”
“We chose Clara because it is easy to spell and is recognizable in multiple cultures. I spent years dreaming about baby names and wondered how I’d ever choose when the moment came. It was surprisingly easy once she was here.”
“Constance is the name of both of our mothers.”
“Dad liked elaborate literary names, but I liked short and spunky names. Juno was the perfect fit! We couldn’t agree on a middle—Moira, the Irish version of Mary, my first name, or Elizabeth, his mom’s middle (and his nan’s first)—so, like a proper Brit, she has two middles.”
“We chose the name Rhiannon for many reasons, but I first fell in love with as a child reading Seaward by Susan Cooper…Because Rhiannon is a captured selkie, we wanted Lorelei as a middle to continue the mermaid theme and as a counterbalance to Rhiannon, since Lorelei is a dangerous siren who can be tamed by no man. We want our daughter to be a strong woman, in her full power. She has already proven herself a fighter as a NICU graduate….And yes, her nursery is mermaid themed. And yes, we sing her the Fleetwood Mac song nightly!”
“Finally…after a three-year long adoption wait…I was matched with a beautiful 6 month old girl in India. Thea honors my mom. Her middle name is Dorothea. And Renée honors my father who recently passed away and middle name is René. Niharika is her given name, which was important for me to keep. It makes for a long name, but she will have to forgive me for that.”
“There is a long tradition of names meaning “gift from god” in her father’s family. Theodosius, Donatus, Dorothea, etc. She is a long desired addition to our family after a difficult year…She is definitely our gift.”
“Veronica had been on our favorites list from our first daughter, and it seemed to be a great option for a middle this time around—when it occurred to us the night before leaving the hospital that perhaps Veronica Pearl was actually our best option….and feedback from Berries helped so much.”
“Arthur is a name we fell in love with both for its studious, almost nerdy image, and for its rich history in legend and literature. We also love the fact that it’s a classic name, but still used infrequently in our home province.”
“We used family names for our older two but August is just a name we both liked, we liked the nickname options and felt it was a good match with the older boys names.”
“Ezra was a name we both liked the sound of, it’s unique but not outlandish and can stand out while fitting in. Wolf is my maiden name and my dad (who had two girls) is thrilled we are passing on the family name! My dad goes by Wolfy and has started calling our little man “little Wolfy.” We like the outdoorsy vibe of Wolf as well, as we are big hikers!”
“We both loved the strong, vintage English feel of Frederick with the lighter Sanskrit Sameer, which together honour both his English and Indian heritage. But so far, he’s mainly just little Freddie.”
“DH’s name is Alexander James, he goes by James. Jacob and James are both family names for him, almost every oldest son in his family is either Jacob or James, going back at least 4 generations. Jacoby seems a nice way to us of upholding the tradition, but with a little twist. We went with Marcellus as a middle name because we both like Roman names and it’s the name of two popes, derived from Marcus. It’s classic but unusual…We were looking for a name that’s easy to use and pronounce in different languages, because I’m from Belgium and my husband’s English.”
“We ultimately chose Kai because we knew we wanted a one syllable name and loved the relaxed vibe of it, plus all the great meanings in so many languages. Everett seemed to flow well with it and offers a more “traditional” sounding name should Kai ever want one. Also, Everett has been a recycled name in my dad’s family for a long time so it was nice to offer up that to him and my grandfather.”
“We wanted a strong, recognizable and easy to pronounce name that was not too common. We chose the Lewis spelling to ensure it was pronounced Loo-is and not Loo-ee. Martin is a family middle name on my husband’s side shared by mu husband, his father and his grandfather.”
“We chose his name because people have heard of it, they can pronounce it when written and spell it when spoken. He will also not be confused with too many other Normans on the playground and there weren’t any nicknames we could think of that we didn’t like.”
“We chose Rooney because we wanted to celebrate our Irish heritage and we both like Irish names that aren’t too mainstream.”
My wife and I are expecting our first daughter in early July and cannot lock in a name.
We do both absolutely love Clementine, but the nickname is always a bit of troublesome here.
Her middle name will be Ila -it’s a family name. Our surname is short, simple, starts with an M, and lends itself easily to almost every name.
The Name Sage responds:
By Abby Sandel
But lately there’s a new class of surname baby names in town, and they could replace those familiar favorites.
Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s new baby boy received a rising surname name. The Jolie-Pitts, Owen Wilson, and plenty of celebrity parents are fans of this style, too – in fact, high profile birth announcements helped make many of these names mainstream possibilities.
Expect the kindergartens of 2020 to be filled with surname name picks that weren’t on anyone’s shortlist twenty years ago. Here are nine surname names for boys that we’ll hear more of in the coming years – though they’re still fresh and relatively underused in 2016.
We’re expecting a baby boy, due in May, and our name crisis is twofold.
First of all, my partner and I are having a confidence crisis over the name we were previously set on – Leonardo, or Leo. We like Leo as a given name, but we’re not keen on shortened/nickname versions of a full name being put on the birth certificate. Leonardo would be there if our child wanted to use his full name later in life, and I liked how distinguished it sounds – and its catalogue of interesting namesakes!
However, I’m getting cold feet as we get closer to our due date. I’m starting to think that Leonardo is a bit of a mouthful and that we’d just never use it. The other name I would have used in a heartbeat is Theo/Theodore, but a co-worker recently used it for her baby boy, and I just don’t think I could use it for that reason.
There are only a few other names I like at this point. Oscar is one that my partner and I both like, but I don’t love it. And Lorcan is one that I really like, even love, but my partner isn’t keen on it at all!
The other part of our problem relates to middle names. We aren’t yet married, but have agreed that our baby will have both our surnames. We’d like to use Berry as a middle name, as it was my partner’s mother’s maiden name, and honors his much loved and missed grandparents. But I would also like our boy to have a first middle name – John – to honor my grandfather.
My partner thinks this would make our baby’s full name far too long, but I’m not so sure.
What do you think?
The Name Sage replies:
By Abby Sandel
For years, conventional wisdom dictated that boys were named after their fathers and grandfathers. But today, boys are just as likely to be named after the important women in their lives.
Along with that shift comes a willingness to think differently about boys’ names. We’ve noted the rise of boy-girl equivalents, like Emma and Emmett, before. Now we’re more seeing boys with middle names that might have been reserved for girls just a few years ago.
If you’ve grown weary of celebrity birth announcements with names like James, Arlo, and Wyatt for girls, this could be a hopeful sign. As many berries have pointed out, names aren’t really unisex unless they can be used for both boys and girls equally.
From Anne Hathaway’s inventive smoosh to the tWitch Boss’s nature name pick, let’s look at the baby names in the news in recent weeks – and the way parents are choosing boy baby names that are fresh and new.