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Hello, cool middle names, and bye-bye to the bland connectives of generations past, the ubiquitous Ann that almost sounded like and, because the middle name has now taken on a much more active part in the naming process. It's a place to honor the family, be creative or whimsical, use a name you're not quite brave enough to try as a first. Here, some cool middle names, most of them best for girls.
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  • Bay

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    One of the most usable of the pleasant, newly adopted nature/water names (like Lake and Ocean), especially in middle position. There was a character named Bay Kennish on the show Switched at Birt... Read More 

  • Beck

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    The popular single-named alternative singer (born Bek) has moved this onetime shortening of Becky into male territory.  Read More 

  • Bee

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    This buzzy form is for middle name consideration only.  Read More 

  • Birch

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    Birch is a rarely used nature name that calls to mind the lovely image of the tall, strong but graceful white-barked tree. The best known bearer of the name is former high-ranking Democratic Sena... Read More 

  • Blue

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    Blue suddenly came into the spotlight, as the unusual color name chosen by Beyonce and Jay-Z for their baby girl Blue Ivy. Blue is also a starbaby middle name du jour, used for both sexes in differ... Read More 

  • Bree

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    A short, breezy name with a sophisticated yet upbeat image, that doesn't betray its Irish roots. Bree first came to notice here in 1971 via the complex prostitute character in the movie Klute , wh... Read More 

  • Bryn

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    Bryn is an up-and-coming gentle, yet substantial, Welsh name that would also be effective in the middle spot. In Wales it's more often heard as a boys' name. Bryn entered the U.S. girls' popularit... Read More 

  • Chan

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    Whether it's an Asian surname-name or short for Channing, has a sound and feel that's both simple and stand-out. Read More 

  • Claude

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    Claude is a soft-spoken French name that conjures up the pastel colors of Monet and harmonies of Debussy. In France, it is used for girls as well, in fact in the Tracy Chevalier novel Lady and the ... Read More 

  • Dane

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    Dane is a more masculine Dana alternative, with added style edge. Dane is one of those names that's more popular than you think, just outside of the Top 500 after ranking on the U.S. Top 1000 for ... Read More 

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