Category: cool middle names
Let’s hear it for the daffy middle.
Plenty of us put a classic like James or Grace or Ann in the middle spot, and sometimes those ordinary appellations make the perfect choice. Some of us go wild with our child’s first name, too, but for those of us who aren’t among the rich and famous, choices like Blue or Pilot can feel awfully outlandish.
The compromise is to choose a relatively mainstream moniker for the first spot, and to tuck that wild dare of an idea, or that clunky family name, safely in the middle.
That seems to be the brief in Hollywoodthis week. So let’s start with a few newsworthy birth announcements, all featuring riskier middles.
Bastian Kick – Charlie Ballerina’s baby brother has a name just like hers – a modern first name borrowed from more traditional choices, and a middle name straight out of the dictionary. Actor Jeremy Sisto joked that he and wife Addie Lane used the reference book for inspiration – or maybe he wasn’t kidding. Even if you’re more of a Sebastian and Charlotte kind of parent, Bastian and Charlie probably feel comfortably familiar. In this age of noun names, Kick raises the stakes by adding action verbs to the mix.
And hey, come on over and join the conversation on Facebook about YOUR middle name, proud or not.
Our Berry Question of the Week comes from Jen Barnes of Seattle, who’s facing a common problem in Baby Name Land: She and her husband are having trouble agreeing on a name for their second daughter. Here, the names he likes and those that she likes. Your job, dear berries, is to help them find a name they both will love. Jen writes:
Please help us name baby #2! Our 2nd baby girl is arriving in 4 short weeks and she has no name! Our 18-month-old daughter, Rose Katherine, was named the second we found out that she was a girl! Every time I think I have some names narrowed down, I add one to the list. My husband has been no help in this process either — ha. Here are the names he likes:
Shayla- he used to live in a city (spelled Xela) in Guatemala with this name and it is very dear to his heart but I am just not feeling it.
I love the name Nora but I fear that it is becoming too popular. What do you think?
Here are my favorite names currently:
No sooner had we declared the death of such old-style middle names as Ann, John, and Marie – mere connective tissue between the first name and the last – than we started seeing the rise of a whole new generation of undistinguished middle names.
Granted, middle names are not as important as first names and may be rarely used after the birth announcements are printed. But that’s no reason to default to whatever’s easiest. In fact, the middle can be the perfect place to use a name that’s more meaningful and distinctive than one you dare put in first place.
Here, some places to find distinctive middle names:
– HONOR THY MOTHER, THY FATHER, AND THY GREAT-UNCLE – If your family is barging into the baby-naming act, make peace by using a family name in the middle. My husband and I used both grandmothers’ names as middle names for our daughter, for instance, and revived a great-great-grandpa’s distinguished but eccentric name as our older son’s middle name.
More people are coming to nameberry these days in search of cool middle names to use on Facebook. The whole give-yourself-a-new-middle-name thing started on Facebook way back in 2008, when supporters of Barack Obama took his middle name Hussein.
Next up: Facebookers began adopting the middle name Equality, to show their support for marriage equality.
Of course, adopting new cool middle names on Facebook is not all altruism. On a more self-serving level, they can keep snoopy relatives, school administrators, and would-be employers from finding you and your potentially-embarrassing party pictures.
Self-namers in search of a cool cover can check out nameberry’s list of Cool Middle Names. Short and spunky, these names work best for girls. Among the best choices: