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The Big Middle Name

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

With middle names, one way — the more popular way — to go is to choose slim, sleek, minimal middle names.  Meaningful or simply connective, these middle names provide a short euphonic bridge between the more important first and last names.

But middle names can go another way, toward the big, important, statement name in the middle.

We’re talking multisyllabic, exotic, literary, artistic, mind-blowing, message-carrying middle names.

Names you love, but don’t want to stick your child with in first place.  Names that are too daring, too difficult, too attention-grabbing to foist upon someone you love.

And yet names that give weight and distinction to a simpler, more familiar first name, like Anna or James.  And who knows: If Anna or James grows up to want a bigger kind of name, they can elect to be called by their flashier middle names.  And meanwhile, they can hide those names if they want to.

Big middle names are usually ones that are chosen for very individual reasons: They may be family names or the names of mythical heroes or maybe much-loved choices your spouse has nixed.

But here are some ideas for big middle names you may want to consider:

girls

Circe

Fairuza

Guinevere

Hyacinth

Isolde

November

Olympia

Persephone

Portia

Sheherazade

Tempest

Theodosia

 

boys

Aloysius

Gulliver

Hercules

Huckleberry

Iago

Kerouac

Napoleon

Socrates

Thelonius

Tiger

Ulysses

Is there a big middle name that you did or would use?

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