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Middle names for boys are traditionally family names -- father's or grandfather's first name as an honorific, mother's maiden name, or perhaps a hero's name. These choices are typically used as middle names for boys.
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  • Grey

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    The girls have Violet and Scarlet and Ruby and Rose, but for the boys there's a much more limited palette of color names. Grey/Gray is one exception, which could make for a soft and evocative —-if ... Read More 

  • Henry

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    Henry, after hovering around the latter half of the Top 100 for thirty-five years, is now at its highest point since 1956; its stylishness has increased substantially to the point where in upmarket... Read More 

  • Jack

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    Jack was, until 2011 when he was unseated by Oliver, for years the Number 1 name in England and is firmly in the Top 40 here, having returned to the Top 100 in 1996. Jack is a durable, cheery every... Read More 

  • James

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    James is one of the classic Anglo-Saxon names, a stalwart through the ages, which is more popular and --yes--stylish than ever today. It recently came out Number 1 in a poll of America's favorite b... Read More 

  • John

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    John reigned as the most popular of all boys' Christian names for four hundred years, from the time the first Crusaders carried it back to Britain until the 1950s, at which point American baby name... Read More 

  • Joseph

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    Joseph is one of the most classic names in American nomenclature, popular with parents from many ethnic backgrounds and having dual-religious appeal. In the Old Testament, Joseph is the twelfth an... Read More 

  • Justice

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    Justice, one of the rare virtue names for boys, entered the popularity ranks in 1992, and has remained on the list ever since. Parents' search for names implying virtue has led to a mini-revival of... Read More 

  • Kai

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    Kai is a strong, evocative, exotic multi-cultural name -- meaning "sea" in Hawaiian, "forgiveness" in Japanese, "willow tree" in Navajo, and "food" in Maori-- that packs a lot of power in its singl... Read More 

  • Lawrence

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    Lawrence has survived from Roman times, when Laurentium was a city noted for its laurel trees and the laurel is a symbol of wisdom and achievement. In the Top 50 from the 1890s through the 1950s an... Read More 

  • Lee

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    A name that has a bit of a shouldn't-I-be-a-middle-name sound, though still in use as a first for both genders.  Read More 

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