Category: unusual middle names
By Abby Sandel
For years, conventional wisdom dictated that boys were named after their fathers and grandfathers. But today, boys are just as likely to be named after the important women in their lives.
Along with that shift comes a willingness to think differently about boys’ names. We’ve noted the rise of boy-girl equivalents, like Emma and Emmett, before. Now we’re more seeing boys with middle names that might have been reserved for girls just a few years ago.
If you’ve grown weary of celebrity birth announcements with names like James, Arlo, and Wyatt for girls, this could be a hopeful sign. As many berries have pointed out, names aren’t really unisex unless they can be used for both boys and girls equally.
From Anne Hathaway’s inventive smoosh to the tWitch Boss’s nature name pick, let’s look at the baby names in the news in recent weeks – and the way parents are choosing boy baby names that are fresh and new.
But let’s face it: 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. So we decided to compile a master list of cool one-syllable middle names for both genders.
There are a lot of them, many more than we guessed. So we’re dividing the list into two parts, A-L, here today, and M-Z, coming soon to a Nameberry blog near you.
Let’s talk about middle names.
Family names, filler names, fallback names – there are so many approaches to choosing your child’s middle that it can make landing on the perfect first feel almost easy.
Factor in a growing number of children who receive not one, but two middles, and it can become quite the puzzle.
Middles that are meaningful and interesting and maybe downright original have their place, and I’m an unapologetic fan of big, stand-out middles.
This week’s daring middle names in the news are:
The British pop starlet turned television presenter made waves with her first daughter’s name, Ethel Mary, and I’ve followed her ever since. She didn’t disappoint with her second daughter’s name, Marnie Rose.
What would you call Allen’s style?
I’m thinking “So Retro it Hurts.” She chooses great names that few of us have the guts to use – yet.
We classify names as traditional or modern, classic or trendy. But the truth is that everything goes when it comes names, and there are all sorts of styles and strategies to describe our approaches to naming children.