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One-Syllable Middle Names for Boys

While we are happy to see baby namers move beyond boring middle names that were mere connective tissue, there are still times -- like when first and last names are elaborate -- when you want a short, strong middle name. Here, some cool one-syllable middle names for boys.
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  • Art

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    Its meaning may be creative; its abbreviated sound is not.  Read More 

  • Ash

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    Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the "Pokemon" cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher, Ashton,... Read More 

  • Bear

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    Bear has suddenly lumbered onto the baby name landscape. Perhaps inspired by British adventurer Bear Grylls (born Edward Michael), first celebrity chef Jamie Oliver used it as the middle name for ... Read More 

  • Ben

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    Ben, the diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict, can easily stand on its own as a simple, strong, nice-guy choice, though it's somewhat attenuated. Ben is this generation's Bob or Bill.  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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    Among the coolest of the cool color names, particularly popular with celebs as a unisex middle name.  Read More 

  • Brock

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    Brock is a rock solid name, with a touch of preppy sophistication. It has ranked solidly in the 2-300s since 1975. Among Brocks who lived up to their name are Brock Peters (actually born George)... Read More 

  • Cale

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    This up-and-coming single-syllable name has one drawback: it sounds like the green, leafy vegetable.  Read More 

  • Carl

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    This no-nonsense German variation of Charles is strong and still well used, but lacks much sensitivity or subtlety; the Latin forms have far more energy.  Read More 

  • Cash

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    Whether it's due to the economy or not, this monied name is in the Top 300, used by several celebrities including Annabeth Gish and Joshua Morrow. Read More 

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