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Middle Names, Nine Different Ways

9 Middle Name Ways

By Abby Sandel

It was a big week for celebrity birth announcements, and the names of the new arrivals are noteworthy. Welcome, York and Freddie, Talon and Florence.

Bold and daring baby names like Rainbow and Saint dominate headlines. But sometimes the most interesting names are tucked in the middle, like this week’s batch.

Middle names haven’t always been standard issue in English. The aristocracy used them first, but it wasn’t until the twentieth century that it became the norm for almost every child born in the US to receive two names – or sometimes more.

This week’s baby names in the news illustrate nine approaches to choosing your child’s middle name. If you’re stumped, this list might help you brainstorm possibilities for your little superstar.

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New Baby Boy Names: Inspired by Trees

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By Abby Sandel

Ever think that every possible baby name has been used?

This week’s baby name news proved that it just isn’t so. English actor Jack Huston – you know him from Boardwalk Empire – and American model Shannan Click welcomed a son, Cypress Night. Cypress joins big sister Sage Lavinia.

They’re both nature names, but while Sage is well established for girls, Cypress feels like a new baby name.

Plenty of tree names for children are well established. For girls, Hazel, Olive, Laurel, Willow, Aspen, Holly, Juniper, and Magnolia are all in the current US Top 1000. Rowan ranks for both genders. And Forrest is a fast-rising possibility for boys.

Despite all of these popular picks, plenty of new baby names inspired by trees remain, and some of the most interesting options feel like promising choices for a son.

Here are nine of the best.

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Brave New Baby Names: Ace, Atlas & Brax

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By Abby Sandel

The year has started with a bang! The birth announcements have been full of rare word names and surprising choices. We’ve seen lots of brisk names short on sounds, but long on style, too.

Give it a few weeks – or days – and doubtless we’ll see more traditional names in the mix. Celebrities will call their kiddos Vladimir and Isabetta, and a new fictional character or three will come along with a four-syllable name that seems like the next big thing.

But for the moment, it’s easy to believe that parents are naming for a new world, putting tradition in the past to embrace modern names with relatively limited histories of use.

Let’s take a look at the distinctively 2016 baby names making headlines over the past week.

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Great Late 2015 Celebrity Baby Names

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By Abby Sandel

Celebrity baby names were everywhere during the last few weeks of 2015. Saint West’s arrival dominated headlines, but plenty of other high profile families welcomed babies from Thanksgiving through the New Year.

These birth announcements came too late to be part of our story on the most influential celebrity baby names of 2015, but some of them could have an impact on what we name our children in the coming years.

As is so often the case, the names range from Top 100 favorites to up-and-coming possibilities to whoa, that’s definitely a celebrity baby name. And yet, this is one of those round-ups where every name seems ordinary, too. I wouldn’t be surprised to meet a kiddo called Lawson or Augustus or Quinn, not in Hollywood, Nashville, or here in the Washington DC ‘burbs.

Let’s take a closer look at nine of the most appealing birth announcements from late 2015.

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By Abby Sandel

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler recently welcomed baby number three, and it’s a girl! Saylor James joins big brothers Camden Jack and Jaxon Wyatt.

No sooner had Cavallari shared her happy news than Bristol Palin took to Instagram to declare that she, too, has chosen for her daughter, due in December. Only Palin will spell it Sailor.

Sailor was also the name Liv Tyler chose for her son earlier this year. And, of course, way back in 1998, Christie Brinkley gave the name to a daughter.

Could Sailor and Saylor be the next big thing in baby names?

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