Okay, I’m going to come right out and say it: There are now officially enough little girls with the middle name Rose.
I can hear the screams of protest and wails of anguish already. But Rose is my grandmother’s name! Rose goes perfectly with my favorite first name! I’ve been planning to use the middle name Rose forever!
Well, go ahead, then. It’s a perfectly lovely name, warm and feminine yet not overly assertive, making the ideal bridge between first name and last.
But so many thousands of parents have used it over the past decade that it’s become the Ann, the Marie, the Sue of the new millennium. Consider the celebrity babies alone with the middle name Rose:
Sylvester Stallone gave all THREE of his young daughters Rose as a middle name.
What we’re saying: Enough Roses already, at least in the middle. In fact, Rose and Rosa and Rosamund and Rosemary and Rosalia are far from over-exposed as first names, so a fresher move might be to use one of them in first place and choose something with more individual character as a middle name.