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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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An International Adoption Name Challenge

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By Angie Bahng

Like many other adoptive parents, my husband and I thought long and hard about how to incorporate HJ’s Korean name into her legal name when we brought her home from Korea. We had her American name picked out and we were set on that as her first name. Her Korean name was given to her by my grandfather. The Korean name he picked for her means “wise and righteous and affectionate.”

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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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By Pamela Redmond Satran

It’s fashionable to choose middle names that honor family members or personal heroes, that uphold a value such as Truth or signify a much-loved place like Paris.

But let’s face it: 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.  So we decided to compile a master list of cool one-syllable middle names for both genders.

There are a lot of them, many more than we guessed.  So we’re dividing the list into two parts, A-L, here today, and M-Z, coming soon to a Nameberry blog near you.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

In case you don’t think the middle name choice is an important one, just take a look at the startling number of celebrities who have opted for using theirs in lieu of the first name on their birth certificates! Some have dropped a ho-hum common in favor of a more dramatic middle, others, to avoid confusion, have shed a name shared with their parent.

To begin with, there have been five US Presidents who have made the first-middle name switch:

Hiram Ulysses S. Grant—At 17, when entering West Point, his name was mistakenly written as Ulysses S. Grant and he apparently was happy to lose the HUG initials. The S was for his mother’s maiden name, Simpson.

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