Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames

Baby Girl Names: More little middles

girl middle names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

We recently provided a slew of single-syllable middle possibilities for boys, but actually it’s the girl namers who might need this more. After all, it was earlier generations who felt locked into the AnnBethLeeLouSue trap.

Many parents now are exploring the fresh-feeling nature world options, so we start off with those.

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September Birth announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

This month’s Babyberry report includes one of the most original middle names we’ve seen: Violet WHIMSEY. The girls’ names are running long, in the sense that there is a preponderance of three and four-syllable choices. Again, lots of floral appellations and an accent on J and V-starting names. The boy list includes Roscoe, Radley and Lazarus–and be sure to read the lovely naming story of Cal Tanner.

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Nickname Names: Johnny be gone

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Johnny Be Gone

By Nick Turner

There’s no record of a single newborn named Dick in the United States last year.

In fact, there hasn’t been a baby Dick recorded in the U.S. during the past decade. (It last popped up in the Social Security Administration databanks in 2005.)

This is no shock. The name Dick was a casualty of modern slang and its association with a disgraced president. But Dick‘s disappearance is part of a broader trend: Americans have shifted away from many once-common nicknames.

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Boys’ Baby Names: Little Middles

Boy middle names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

In the past, most boys were lucky enough to avoid the  generic-connector-middle-name syndrome the way girls did, when Ann and Lynn and Beth were pretty ubiquitous. For the most part, boy babies were given double classics, so there were a ton of them dubbed Steven Michael or Michael Steven, David Robert or Robert David.

Now, the middle name landscape for both genders has changed as more attention is being focused on them, to the point where firsts and middles have almost equal weight. Family names play a bigger part, for one thing, as do meaning and individuality–plus many parents are taking this place as a chance to let loose and be inventive .

Yet a strong, single-syllable middle is still often what’s called for, and so we’ve categorized for you some of the most interesting new-style possibilities—of course feel free to use this as a starting point.

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Celebrity Baby Names: August Starbabies

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By CaraMichelle

It’s that time of the month when Cara compiles her comprehensive list of the latest babies born all over the celebrisphere.

The name that provoked the most guesswork was certainly that of Jools and Jamie Oliver‘s fifth child.  And they didn’t disappoint when they announced it would be River Rocket who would join Daisy, Poppy, Petal and Buddy.

August saw a new batch of nickname names: Joanie for girls, and for boys, Iggy, Laddie and Monte, son of Guy Pearce.

Perhaps the most unusual choice among the celebrity baby names was comedian GloZell Green‘s twist on her own name (itself a take on her parents’ Gloria and Ozell: O’Zell Gloriana De.

Here’s the complete list of August‘s celebrity baby names

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