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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  • Ralph

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    Ralph has two diametrically different images: there's the suave Ralph Fiennes-type Brit (often pronounced Rafe), and then there's the Jackie Gleason blue-collar, bowling blowhard Ralph Kramden bus... Read More 

  • Sam

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    Sam has long been used on its own for boys. Now, Sam's very popular in the bourgeois bohemian world for both sexes. Read More 

  • Seth

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    The long-neglected name of Adam and Eve's third son after Cain and Abel, Seth is appreciated for its gentle, understated presence -- and strong middle-name potential. It reached a high of Number... Read More 

  • Tate

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    A strong single-syllable surname with a joyful meaning, Tate is finding a place on more and more birth certificates. It's now at Number 421, having hovered in the Top 400 range for the past five... Read More 

  • True

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    Many parents seeking a return to more basic values and a simpler lifestyle are turning to such virtuous girls' names as Grace, Faith, and Hope, but the few that can be used for boys as well, such... Read More 

  • Van

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    Whether it's used as a short form or on its own, this jazzy midcentury name is poised for a comeback along with brothers Ray and Walt.

    More often heard as a surname suffix (e.g. Vincent Van... Read More 

  • Vaughn

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    Vaughn, also commonly spelled Vaughan, has been used quietly over the years, reaching a peak of Number 348 in 1949. It is now in the process of rediscovery, being seen as a good Sean alternative... Read More 

  • Vern

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  • West

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    West is the most fashionable of what you might call the direction names, with North and East (or Easton and Easter) coming up behind, and South not yet on the map.

    Country singer Randy... Read More 

  • Wolf

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    Wolf is a name with a split personality. It can be seen as one of the fierce animal names, like Fox and Bear and Puma, with a touch of the werewolf, or it can be viewed as a quieter, Wolf Blitzer... Read More 

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