Category: middle names
I am due soon with our third child and my husband and I are having some problems finalizing a name. We have a common Jewish last name (also popular as a first name).
We have two children, Milo Efrem and Reva Whitney. While their names did take us some time to get to, we were in agreement and the process seemed easier than this time around. Since my husband and I both have very common names, we wanted names for our children that are not overused but also not weird.
We are fairly settled on Iris for a first name, in honor of my Uncle Ira. We would like the middle name to honor my husband’s grandfather, Jacob, called Jack, or the Hebrew version of his name, Yacob.
My husband really likes Jaclyn or Jackie, but I have bad associations with this name and I can’t get on board. I have been searching the baby name lists but nothing seems right. I am open to names inspired by the honoree, without directly using the first letter, but I know my husband won’t go for something too non-traditional.
Can you offer some other suggestions? Or should I just learn to love Jaclyn?
By Sophie Kihm
We each have our own approach when it comes to middle naming. Whether it’s honor-names-only, quirky guilty pleasures, or next in line on your favorites list, most parents are subscribed to a particular attitude. But no matter what your style is when it comes to middle names, we could all use some inspiration every now and then. I’ve compiled a list of lists–all past posts from my blog that feature names that I think are especially suited for the middle spot.
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?
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.”
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.