Category: middle names for boys
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. 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?
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.
Would you pick a middle name that’s far more extreme than one you’d use as a first?
Have you noticed this phenomenon happening more in the real world as well as in the celebrisphere? Any examples you’d care to share?
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.
I’m looking for a short and simple middle name for my daughter, but certainly don’t want to go back to the tired old standbys of my childhood like Lynn and Lee and Sue and Ann. Any fresh ideas?
There are loads of more modern and imaginative one-syllable options these days. Many parents are choosing Rose-which is in danger of becoming the Ann of our day-others are going retro with Mae, Rae, Fay, Pearl or Belle, or ethnic with choices like Maeve or Paz. Nature lovers might consider Bay, Snow, Teal, Lark, or Plum.
I’m considering using my maiden name as my child’s middle. Is this a good idea?
Absolutely. In fact, increasing numbers of parents are choosing this option rather than the bulkier hyphenated names used during the early days of feminism. Some are taking this practice a step further and considering the surnames of maternal or paternal grandmothers, which otherwise might be lost to history.
I kind of like the new trend of giving girls traditionally male names but wouldn’t want to go quite that far myself. Could I use one as a middle name instead?
Yes, this can make for a strong statement and an interesting combination of names – think Jennifer Jason Leigh, for example. Several celebs have done this with good effect for their own little starbabies, fitting their daughters with such boyish middle names as George, Max, Charles, Ira, Allyn, Eliot, Francis, Glenn, Jude and Cole. The possibilities are endless.
Are there any guidelines in terms of sound?
One thing to think about is the balance of syllables. Kyle Jefferson Reed makes a more pleasing statement, than Kyle Blake Reed, just as Savannah True Kennedy is more rhythmic than a mouthful like Savannah Trinity Kennedy. On the other hand, a sequence of two two-syllable names, or names with similar endings, can sound quite static, as in Ethan Aidan.
Some people think some balance of one, two, and three syllables is the best combination, so that if your last name has two syllables, say, you should aim for three-one-two or one-three-two….you get the picture.
How creative can I get with a middle name?
The middle spot is a place where you can be more creative and daring than you might want to be with the first name. Here you can use one of the new word or place names that has particular meaning for you, or honor a special hero or heroine of yours in the arts, history, politics or spiritual life, or whose values you would like your child to emulate. And remember – if you give your son the middle name of Elvis or Euripides, he can always abbreviate it to the initial E on his job application.