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Here's where you'll find fresh ideas for middle names and nicknames for your baby, from sweet vintage nicknames for girls to middle names with meaning. Surname lists here include celebrity-inspired surnames that can be used as baby names and occupational surnames fashionable as boy baby names.

  • Athlete Baby Names

    Looking for unusual baby names? You might find some of the choicest while watching a football game or a tennis match. While the legendary stars of sports history usually had regular guy names like Joe and Jimmy and Michael and Mickey (not to mention Billie Jean), some of the newer luminaries, as well as the surnames of classic athletes, offer options for baby names that go beyond the perimeters of that limited playing field. Read More 

    Branch, Dmitri, Sebastian, Arroyo, Giles ...

  • Baby Names with No Nicknames

    Do you hate nicknames, or just hate the idea that someone other than you is going to decide what your child is actually called by shortening, say, Alexandra to Lexie? Then you might do well to choose among the baby names that don't have nicknames, or are too short to be abbreviated further, like the names on this list. Read More 

    Chase, Ava, Beau, Claire, Cody ...

  • Boy Names for Girls

    Some of the coolest baby girl names are not girls' names at all but boys' names. We're seeing more and more 100% boy names being used for girls, from nicknames like Sam and Charlie, to occupational or surnames such as Sawyer or McKinley. Here, some boy names that can work for girls. Read More 

    Curtis, Wylie, Noah, James, Mason ...

  • Celebrity Surnames as Firsts

    Inspired by a fascinating discussion thread started by our own creative berries, here are some celebrity surnames that work well as firsts: Read More 

    Russell, Presley, Hardy, Hopper, Kingsley ...

  • Cool Middle Names

    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. Read More 

    Fay, Bree, Ray, Mame, Neal ...

  • Crazy Nicknames for Boys

    What crazy nicknames have been given to boys over the years? We think these are some of the most unusual. Read More 

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  • Crazy Nicknames for Girls

    Looking for the wackiest nicknames used for girls? Here are some we think qualify. Read More 

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  • Early African-American Names

    Early American slave rolls are filled with classical and biblical names designed to show off the slave-owners' education and not normally used for whites; variations of African day names and place-names; along with other unusual names more closely identified over the years with black than white American culture. Some of the most notable: Read More 

    March, Dolly, Pascal, Pompey, Hagar ...

  • Harry Potter Names

    Since the release of the mega-hit Harry Potter series, muggles everywhere have been interested in the magical and mystifying names within J.K. Rowling's wizard world. Here's a list of the most notable and enchanted names of Harry Potter. Which one casts a spell on you? Read More 

    Cuthbert, George, Lily, Ginny, Newt ...

  • Irish Surname Names

    Many of the best Irish baby names are not first names at all but Irish surname names. Here's a whole group of rollicking names that work for both girls and boys....or you can use one from your own family background. Or click here for our full list of Irish baby names. Read More 

    Larkin, Curran, Donnelly, Sheridan, Tully ...

  • Mac Names

    Names that start with Mac or Mc are Irish or Scottish patronymics designating "son of." Of course, many of the most popular Mac names today, such as Mackenzie and McKenna, are usually given to girls. But there are a raft of lesser-used Mac names that work well for boys and lead to the adorable short form Mac. Here, a range of Mac names -- but one from your own family will work too. Read More 

    Maguire, Macrae, Maclean, Mckinley">Mckinley, Magee ...

  • Middle Names for Boys

    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. Read More 

    Xavier, Alexander, Paul, Lee, Dash ...

  • Middle Names for Girls

    Middle names for girls run the gamut from the traditional connecting names to family surnames to new names carrying deep meaning. These middle names for girls come from all these categories. Read More 

    Kate, Belle, Margaret, May, Lynn ...

  • Middle Names with Meaning

    More and more parents want to choose middle names with meaning. That may be the name of a beloved friend or family member, a surname rescued from your family tree, or -- in the case of the meaningful names here -- a choice with an inspirational feel. Read More 

    Beach, Jazz, Ocean, Kismet, Angel ...

  • Musician Baby Names

    Since musicians invented the concept of cool, where better to look for baby name inspiration than to their own names? The baby names here are drawn from both the first names and last names of well-known musicians. Read More 

    Elvis, Denver, Kitt, Basie, Zevon ...

  • Nicknames for Boys

    Suddenly, nicknames are cool again. Not the cutesy Jerrys and Larrys, Randys and Andys of the '60s and '70s, but rather older, funkier diminutives with a Victorian pedigree. Among the nickname names that you can consider putting directly on the birth certificate are the following.

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    Van, Lem, Lex, Archie, Gus ...

  • Nicknames for Elizabeth

    Elizabeth is one of those classic, widely-used baby names that has an entire raft of nicknames, going in and out of style over time. There's a pet form of Elizabeth that's right for any child. Read More 

    Etta, Tibby, Lisa, Eliza, Liz ...

  • Nicknames for Girls

    Suddenly, nicknames are cool again. Not the cutesy Cindys and Mindys, Candys and Randis of the '60s and '70s, but rather older, funkier diminutives with a Victorian pedigree.

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    Penny, Jaz, Cleo, Gigi, Mamie ...

  • Occupational Baby Names

    Occupational baby names, most of them originally surnames to describe the person's job, have taken on significant style value over the past years and are destined to rise even further. Think of them as the surname-names or place-names of the future. Most of these baby names work best for boys, but can cross over to the girls' side. Read More 

    Carbry, Harper, Brenner, Deacon, Fisher ...

  • 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. Read More 

    Tate, Birch, Lee, Ralph, Cash ...

  • One-Syllable Middle Names for Girls

    There's a reason one-syllable middle names like Ann and Lynn have been used to the point of cliche. These middle names don't distract from the dazzle of the first name and serve as a calm, quiet bridge between the two stars of the show. So what if you want to transcend the basics like, nowadays, Rose and Grace, but still want a one-syllable middle name for your daughter? Here, some fresh ideas for short middle names. Read More 

    West, Day, Snow, Vale, Lark ...

  • Poet Baby Names

    The great poets can provide naming inspiration for both girl and boy babies. Here, some poet baby names to consider. Read More 

    Marlowe, Lowell, Whitman, Dickinson, Dante ...

  • Son Baby Names

    Baby names that end in son originated just the way you think: They designated that the person -- Jackson, say, or Jefferson -- was the son of Jack or Jeffery. Son makes a stylish first name ending today, mostly for boys but since the era of Allison, also for girls. Son baby names can make for an original way to honor an ancestor while slightly varying the name. Some prime examples: Read More 

    Hudson, Orson, Wilson, Madison, Denison ...

  • Surname Baby Names

    Surname baby names have been growing in popularity for boys and girls too over the past few decades. Now, anything goes, so look for a long-lost surname in your family or even search the phone book for something you love. Or look through this list for more unusual surname baby names. Read More 

    Phelan, Lennon, Anderson, Seeley, Mckinley">Mckinley ...

  • Surname Favorites

    Surname names have been on the rise as baby names for a couple of decades now. Here are some of the most popular, for girls as well as boys. Read More 

    Paige, Carter, Blake, Jackson, Mckenna ...

  • Vintage Nicknames for Boys

    There's a group of nicknames that were used in distant past and are all but forgotten now. The following might be worth a fresh look. You may also want to consult the larger list of Nicknames for Boys. Read More 

    Tad, Gore, Chan, Lauro, Mano ...

  • Vintage Nicknames for Boys

    Vintage nicknames that were once widely used for boys and might be revived by modern parents include: Read More 

    Clem, Cal, Bat, Tobe, Bige ...

  • Vintage Nicknames for Girls

    There's a group of vintage nicknames for girls that were used in the distant past and are all but forgotten now. The following might be worth a fresh look. Check our larger Nicknames for Girls list for more choices. Read More 

    Lou, Nellie, Doe, Ria, Flossie ...

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