Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames

New Baby Names: lovely October arrivals!

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Once again, there are an exceptionally large number of twin births among the Berries this month, a mix of girl-girl, boy-boy and girl-boy:

Alexander Merlin and Imogen Persephone

Anneliese Luna and Arielle Sofia

Calliope Frances and Iris Mary

Emmeline Samantha and Theodore Alexander

Graham Daniel and Rory Benjamin

Hunter Belle and Isobel Lilah

Also noted: the preponderance of girl babies, and especially girls whose first initial is a vowel—A, E, I and O!

Most unusual first name: a girl named Rowe; tribute middle name of Kahlo

Here’s the full list:

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Baby Girl Names: More little middles

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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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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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

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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