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It’s been a while now since automatic go-to single-syllable middle names like Ann and Lee and Lynn and Beth were found on the majority of girls’ birth certificates, only to be followed by the suddenly and almost equally ubiquitous Rose and Grace. But now we’ve entered a new era of greater diversity—with forgotten favorites and fresh new, more individualistic, choices abounding. Here are some of the coolest, including a few drawn from nature.

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What’s Your Middle Name?

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It might be embarrassing.

Or kind of a snooze.

Maybe it tells a story about you or your family.

Maybe you’ve changed it.

Today we’re going to reprise that fifth grade playground conversation and answer that revealing question: What’s your middle name?  Do you love it or hate it?  And what’s the story behind it?

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