Category: Nature, Place and Word 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.
By Abby Sandel
Place names are big for boys and girls alike, from Brooklyn (Beckham) to Caspian (son of Neve Campbell) to Ava Berlin (daughter of Jeremy Renner). But could it be that Italy is a hotbed for wearable place names?
Some of these Italian baby names feel traditional, even vintage. Others could make bold, unexpected picks for a child’s name. Whether Italian baby names honor your heritage, or simply express your love of the country, there is something here here to please every style.
Once dismissed as crazy celebrity choices – remember Apple and Pilot – word names, for babies, thanks mostly to those celebs– have gone mainstream. From rising River to why-not Wolfe, many of the best boy names in 2016 are borrowed from the dictionary. They’re stylish, meaningful, and different, but still easy to say and spell, and starbaby parents from Liv Tyler to Terrence Howard have embraced the trend. Here are twelve of the best recent word names–they just might inspire a bold boy name choice for your own son. By Abby Sandel.
They’re looking for a bold name for baby number two! Can you help brainstorm unusual baby names–word names or vintage gems that are seldom heard in real life – but still sound like names?
My daughter will be 2 years old when this baby is born in late October.
Her name is Arliss Lorraine. I have a great aunt named Arlys but never really met her … that was random! I got the name from the little boy in Old Yeller. I knew that was THE name when I saw the movie as a child. It is unisex and we didn’t find out the sex of the baby so it was perfect. Lorraine is a family name on both sides, but honestly, I just like it – it’s a bonus that people thought it was in honor of them!
Our second child is another delivery surprise.
Roane is a family name on my side. It’s pronounced row – ane, like Jane or rain. It was my late grandfather’s name, but I think it would work for a boy or a girl.
If it is a girl, we like Maple, Mabel, Ardelle – another family name, but just like Arliss, not really naming her after anyone, and Mora Gene, a Southern double name. (We live in the South.) Another middle name option is Story.
Rudolph is our last name. Yup, like the reindeer.
Having a name that no else has is a big thing for me. I’m not a huge fan of nicknames.
I love that I have a story about naming Arliss, and I’m kind of sad that I don’t have that for this one!
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By Linda Rosenkrantz
The first day of the new season is upon us! Happy Autumn!
For our annual Autumn blog we usually go with the more obvious choices—the colors of the turning leaves — the various autumnal hues of red, gold and brown–and the names of the trees themselves, plus Fall flower names, the ancient harvest goddesses and such. But this year we’re offering a potpourri of more subtle references to the starting season, including some interesting international ideas.