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Middle Names: What’s your favorite kind?

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Middle names are, in many ways, the place where you can get most adventurous with your choices.

Or are they?

What, in your opinion, is the best kind of middle name to choose?

A creative name that you might love but that you wouldn’t dare put in first place?

A name with important symbolism — the city where your child was conceived, the name of a personal hero?

Or maybe you see the middle name as the ideal place to represent family:  to use the baby’s father’s first name, for instance, or pass down grandma’s maiden name or honor a family member who is recently deceased.

Or the middle name to you might be an opportunity to create flow and melody in a name, and so you look for a middle name with the perfect combination of syllables and sounds.

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What’s Your Favorite Place Name?

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Place names for people are a category that’s exploded over the past generation.

A couple of decades ago, names like Dakota and Chelsea were hot and trendy, while  Paris and London were wildly exotic.

Today, place name possibilities have moved far beyond such standards as Asia and Georgia.

There are popular city names — Savannah, Brooklyn, Milan — as well as state and country names, from Indiana to India.

There are place names that reference mountain ranges, like Sierra, or bodies of water, such as Hudson.  Place names can even refer to otherworldly locales, such as Heaven, Orion, or Zion.

Some place names owe their popularity to the epically beautiful places they reference: Kenya, for instance, and Venice.  And then there are those names that are much more attractive than the places they represent: We’re thinking of Trenton, Camden, Detroit.

Several celebrities have helped make the place name fashion more, well, fashionable.  Just last year, Reese Witherspoon had a son named Tennessee, while Jemima Kirke named her boy Memphis.

Our question this week: Would you use a place name for your child?  Have you used one?  In the first place, or only as a middle?

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Big Apple Baby Names

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There are countless reasons to visit New York City.  Museums to visit and galleries to hop.  Great theater, opera and ballet. Sights to see, people to watch and fashion-forward stores to shop. But it turns out there’s another, less expected thing to shop for—and that’s a Manhattan-inspired baby name.

We’ve looked at some of the street names before–a Manhattan avenue, after all, was the inspiration for the extraordinary success of the name Madison– but a thread on our own forums, “Need a Big Apple Middle Name” a while back inspired us to us to look beyond the street signs of NYC for other places and people that are quintessentially Gotham.

PLACES—nabes, rivers, parks, etc

Ansonia hotel and then apartments

Apollo Theater

Bethesda Fountain, in Central Park

Bryant Park

Cedar Tavern—watering hole of Abstract Expressionist painters

Chelsea

Chumley’s– legendary writers’ hangout

Cleopatra’s Needle—obelisk in Central Park

Cooper Union

Dakota Apartments

Duffy Square

Finn Square

Grace Church

Gracie Square and Mansion

Harlem

Henry Street Settlement

Hudson River—and Street

Isham Park

Judson Memorial Church, scene of early art world ‘happenings’

Lenox Hill and Avenue

Lincoln Center

Nolita (acronym for North of Little Italy)

Sardi‘s–show biz restaurant

Sheridan Square

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Whitney Museum

…and a few of the best Manhattan street names

Astor Place

Baxter Street

Carmine Street

Christopher Street

Cornelia Street

Crosby Street

Delancey Street

Fletcher Street

Henry Street

Horatio Street

Hudson Street

Houston Street (pronounced HOW-ston)

Jane Street

Mercer Street

Milligan Place

Minetta Lane, Tavern

Oliver Street

Pearl Street

Sullivan Street

Sutton Place

Thayer Street

Varick Street

Waverly Place

PEOPLE—just a few of the countless notables who were born, lived, or are otherwise associated with the Big Apple

Althea Gibson– tennis champ, grew up in Harlem

Ambrose Kingsland, NYC mayor, 1851-53

AudenW.H.– poet and long-time Village resident

Cass Gilbert–architect of the Woolworth Building

Clay Felker– founder of New York magazine

Cole Porter–composer of the song “I Happen to Like New York

Dawn Powell– Prohibition-era New York novelist

Djuna Barnes–wrote Greenwich Village As It Is

Ebenezer Wilson, NYC mayor, 1707-10

Edna St. Vincent MillayPulitzer Prize-winning poet , Greenwich Village resident

Elisha Graves Otis– elevator inventor, responsible for the verticality of New York

Emma Lazarus, her poem is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty

Eustace Tilley—monocled cartoon symbol of The New Yorker

Fiorello La Guardia, three-term mayor in the 1930s and 40s

Gideon Lee, NYC mayor, 1833-34

Humphrey Bogartgrew up on West 103rd Street

Jackson Pollock– painter who lived in Greenwich Village before moving to the Hamptons

Langston Hughes—key figure in the Harlem Renaissance

Lennon, John—lived and died in New York

Matthias Nicoll–NYC mayor, 1672-73

Nellie Blyearly bold investigative journalist in the New York World newspaper

Poe, Edgar Allan–in addition to his literary achievements, was editor of The Broadway Journal

Tallulah Bankhead–Broadway actress and sometime member of the “Algonquin Round Table”

Truman Capote–moved to New York at the age of 17

Zora Neale Hurston—writer, a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance

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April showers bring not only May flowers, but thoughts of water names, a category which more and more parents are finding refreshingly appealing. These include generic bodies of water appellations like Lake and Bay and Brook(e), the names of individual lakes and rivers and, finally, names whose meaning relate to water. Here are the Nameberry Picks for the 12 best water names.

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A few blogs back, we talked about lake names, and what an evocative word that is. Another, similarly appealing word is island, calling up images of calm, peaceful, isolated places surrounded by the sea.  We’re not suggesting you name your baby Island (though Isla comes close), but here are the Nameberry Picks of 15 favorite island names.

  1. Aranthe Aran Isles are a group of three islands off the Irish coast, at the mouth of Galway Bay, known for uniquely-patterned sweaters and the iconic 1934 documentary, Man of Aran.  Aran would make a nice Irish-accented name, but would it be confused with Aaron?  ‘Fraid so.
  2. Catalina—Santa Catalina is one of the California Channel Islands and is a popular tourist destination for Angelinos and others.  A Spanish version of Catherine that is more delicate and feminine than the English one, Catalina has been rising in popularity since the late eighties.
  3. Cayman—the Caymans consist of three islands in the western Caribbean south of Cuba. Peaceful and beautiful, they are also a major offshore banking hub.  The name Cayman would fit right in with Cayden & Co.
  4. Corsica, famed as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, is a mountainous Mediterranean island, part of France but closer to Tuscany than the French coast.  The name could be thought of as a Cora-elaboration with a feminissima ‘ica’ ending.

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