Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Some wonderful choices this month, including interesting first and middle combos, and some great sibsets (I think may favorite has to be Lilith, joining the imaginative Kodiak, Lace, Willow and Jude.)
Two pretty incredible late-listed pairs of twins, one for each gender:
Also of special interest is the fact of two Ezras on the list. This biblical boy name is getting a lot of buzz—it jumped 40+ places this year to its highest point ever, Number 143. And several girls with middle names from nature–Iris, Violet, Dove, Ivy, Pearl and Rose.
Nickname-names have taken hold in the U.K., and the U.S. hasn’t been completely immune to this trend. The two countries may favor different nicknames, and the trend may be more popular in the U.K., but the trend is evident in both countries.
Shortly after my son was born, I remember telling a friend that we chose his middle name, Robert, because it is my husband’s name. I told her that I would have liked to pass on my name, Angela, as my daughter’s middle name, but couldn’t get it to work. Her response was:
Some names just aren’t middle names.
But why is Angela not a middle name? Why are some names seen as first names only?
Many of us find surnames especially attractive as firsts, though it can be tricky to find a perfectly balanced name that fits the trend but isn’t too popular. It’s also a plus when a name has a vibrant history or meaningful reference attached to it. Here, I’ve compiled a list of unique and eye-catching surnames of some of the most iconic physicists and astronomers in history.