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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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  • Muse

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    Remember, the Muse is passive: someone else's inspiration.  Read More 

  • Neal

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    Dated for boys, but strong and straightforward for girls. Read More 

  • Neve

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    Introduced to the American public by actress Neve Campbell — it was her Dutch-born mother's maiden name — Neve is an interesting and fresh new possibility, one which Conan O'Brien chose for his dau... Read More 

  • Pax

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    Pax, one of the variations of names meaning peace that are newly popular in these less-than-peaceful times, got a lot of publicity when chosen by Brad & Angelina for their Vietnamese-born son. Pare... Read More 

  • Paz

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    Paz, currently represented by actresses Paz Vega and Paz de la Huerts, would make a sparkling middle name choice. It originated as a title of the Virgin Mary -- Our Lady of Peace. Pazia is an attr... Read More 

  • Pearl

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    Pearl, like Ruby, has begun to be polished up for a new generation of fashionable children after a century of jewelry box storage. The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl could also make a fres... Read More 

  • Pine

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    Worthy sibling for Oak, Elm, Juniper, and Spruce. Read More 

  • Plum

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    British-born novelist Plum Sykes has taken this rich, fruity name out of the produce section and put it into the baby name basket. It's more appealing than Apple, more presentable than Peaches. The... Read More 

  • Poe

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    An evocative unisex one-syllable name, Poe is most distinguished by its literary reference. Edgar Allan Poe was an influential American author and poet, credited with inventing the genres of detect... Read More 

  • Rain

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    Among a small shower of rain-related names, this pure version can have a cool, refreshing image. Richard Pryor named his now-grown daughter Rain, and Rain is also one of the nature-named Phoenix ... Read More 

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