Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames
By Abby Sandel
When it comes to naming a girl in 2016, anything goes. Like your names elaborate, even frilly? Celebrity choices like Elizabella and Arabella might be for you. Prefer something borrowed straight from the boys? Celebs have named their daughters Wyatt and James, and names like Quinn, Logan, and Riley are popular for boys and girls alike.
Both trends represent extremes, but happily there’s a middle ground: the feminine name with a built-in boyish nickname.
Scrubs alum Sarah Chalke recently chose this approach for naming her new daughter with husband Jamie Afifi. They’re already parents to son Charlie Rhodes. Now the couple has welcomed daughter Frances, but they’re calling her Frankie. It’s an honor name, inspired by Sarah’s grandfather.
The mix of classic given name and a casual, gender-neutral nickname makes for a winning combination.
Technically, the title of this blog is false. I didn’t name my newborn son after a Star Wars character, at least not his first name. I did however, slap a Star Wars moniker on him as a middle name. In that sense, I didn’t lie to you, from a certain point of view…
Middle names are like extra appendages, parsley, or the late night treadmill you bought back in 2013: They’re just sorta there. What do they really mean, exactly? Do you know anyone who just loves their middle name? No, more often than not, you’ll find fully-formed adults unwilling to even utter their middle name, as if it’s some weird Indiana Jones-esque archaeological find only discussed in hushed whispers.
And so it goes that I pitched my ever-patient wife the idea of applying our collective Star Wars love onto our child’s birth certificate. After all, if we can’t saddle our kids with embarrassing middle names, what’s the good of being a parent?
In all seriousness, my wife and I shuttled back and forth between a family name and the aforementioned Star Wars name for months, hoping like the twin moons of Tatooine there would be a sign. Sure, in our group of friends, we’re known as ‘The Star Wars Couple’ and people compare us to Han and Leia all the time. With good reason too: We even had stormtroopers at our wedding! Still, could we bring ourselves to name our son Jabba? Greedo? Bossk?
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Some really striking names appeared in the Baby Name Announcement forums in June, with berries outdoing themselves in creativity. This includes twins named Caspian and Melisande, Cassius and Emilia, Finnick and Thor, and Keir and Solomon. Not to mention triplets with unusual names all starting with U.
Here’s the complete list, with some of their backstories:
By Abby Sandel
Looking for the middle ground between cool, edgy boy names like Axl, Legend, and Bodhi, and quiet traditionals like Michael, Joseph, and David? You’re in luck! There’s a crop of boy names that are bona fide classics, with history galore. And yet, they still feel stylish, even fresh, in 2016.
The reigning king of stylish classics for boys has to be Sam. Keri Russell recently shared that she and Matthew Rhys welcomed son Sam in May. Russell is also mom to River and Willa with ex-husband Shane Deary. A few days later, The Bachelor alums Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici Lowe announced the arrival of their first son, Samuel Thomas.
By Abby Sandel
Last week, we looked at short names for girls, like Iris and Thea, Esme and Ivy. This week, let’s go even shorter and focus on girls’ names with just one syllable.
Single-syllable names for girls solve problems. They make great middle names, balancing out Isabella and Arabella and Evangeline. If your last name is longer and complex, keeping it simple in the first spot works. And, of course, some parents just plain fall in love with the slim, trim style of Bess and Claire, Blue and Lou.
If you’re thinking short and sweet for your daughter’s name, there’s more than one approach. Here are nine types of single-syllables names for girls, ranging from the modern and unexpected to timeless classics.
Let’s take a look a closer look!