Category: middle names 2012
This year, for the first time, we have–with the invaluable help of our invaluable intern Hannah Tenison, tallied the final name choices reported by Berries on the Birth Announcement forum.Â So here is what happened when all the hypotheticals were winnowed down to a single reality.
(Of course we know many more babyberries arrived this year, and hope youâ€™ll all remember to enter your news in the future.)
FIRST NAMES given to more than one babe
The following were chosen three times:
Wren (also a Wrenley)
As first names become more distinctive and more meaningful, middle names take on those qualities in spades. Â Anything goes when it comes to middle names now, and parents are looking far beyond the usual given names to find unusual choices.
To bring you some new ideas, we’ve mined those areas to come up with 100 fresh choices. Â Here they are:
There are several hot trends in middle names 2012.
One is the Middle Name with Meaning — family surnames, place names, virtue names you might not use in first place but that make for distinctive middle names.
Another is using two middle names, often to honor family members.
And then there are The New Connectors.
These names don’t mean or stand for anything or anyone special. Â They just sound good, bridging the first and last names with a euphonious single syllable.
How do they differ from the standard middle names of yore, the Anns and Lees and Johns that might be thought of as The Old Connectors?