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Middle Names, Nine Different Ways

9 Middle Name Ways

By Abby Sandel

It was a big week for celebrity birth announcements, and the names of the new arrivals are noteworthy. Welcome, York and Freddie, Talon and Florence.

Bold and daring baby names like Rainbow and Saint dominate headlines. But sometimes the most interesting names are tucked in the middle, like this week’s batch.

Middle names haven’t always been standard issue in English. The aristocracy used them first, but it wasn’t until the twentieth century that it became the norm for almost every child born in the US to receive two names – or sometimes more.

This week’s baby names in the news illustrate nine approaches to choosing your child’s middle name. If you’re stumped, this list might help you brainstorm possibilities for your little superstar.

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Picking Your Own Middle Name

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By Tiana Putric

Each time I read the Nameberry forums I am especially drawn to the posts written by soon-to-be parents asking fellow Berries for help in finding the ‘perfect’ middle name for their baby. I believe I can propose a solution that will not only please the easygoing and the persnickety but could possible change the way parents name their sons and daughters:

Rather than bestowing your just-born baby with a first name, a middle name, and a family name, I encourage you to consider allowing your child to choose his or her own middle name upon their sixteenth birthday or thereabouts.

I speak from experience.

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The Age of Bold Middle Names

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By Abby Sandel

Filler middle names are a thing of the past.

It’s a 21st century baby naming reality. Not only do we obsess over finding the perfect first name, we have to find middles that hit the right note, too.

That wasn’t always the case. If you were born in the 1980s, there’s a good chance that your parents named you Melissa Ann. Or maybe you’re Heather Marie. In the last decade or two, names like Rose and Grace became favorite middles for girls.

For boys, the classics – James, William, and Joseph – have always been big.

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by Angela Mastrodonato of Upswing Baby Names

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?

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The other day we brought you the first half of our cool one-syllable middle names; today we present those from the second half of the alphabet.

The idea: Fancy middle names might be fashionable, but sometimes what you really need is a short, sweet, yet cool middle name.  Something that’s less about Big Personal Meaning and more about providing a euphonic bridge between a perhaps-complicated first name and an even-more-complicated last.

Nameberry visitors are often searching for one-syllable middle names that go beyond the run-of-the-mill Rose or James yet are equally sleek and uncomplicated.  To address that need, here’s the second half of our master list of cool one-syllable middle names for both genders.

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