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Boys’ Baby Names: Little Middles

Boys’ Baby Names: Little Middles

By Linda Rosenkrantz

In the past, most boys were lucky enough to avoid the  generic-connector-middle-name syndrome the way girls did, when Ann and Lynn and Beth were pretty ubiquitous. For the most part, boy babies were given double classics, so there were a ton of them dubbed Steven Michael or Michael Steven, David Robert or Robert David.

Now, the middle name landscape for both genders has changed as more attention is being focused on them, to the point where firsts and middles have almost equal weight. Family names play a bigger part, for one thing, as do meaning and individuality–plus many parents are taking this place as a chance to let loose and be inventive .

Yet a strong, single-syllable middle is still often what’s called for, and so we’ve categorized for you some of the most interesting new-style possibilities—of course feel free to use this as a starting point.

NATURE NAMES

  • Ash

  • Beach

  • Birch

  • Branch

  • Burl

  • Clay

  • Cloud

  • Cove

  • Dune

  • Elm

  • Frost

  • Glade

  • Grove

  • Heath

  • Leaf

  • Moon

  • Moss

  • Oak

  • Pine

  • Quince

  • Reef

  • Ridge

  • Rock

  • Sage

  • Sky

  • Stone

  • ANIMALS

  • Bear

  • Colt

  • Crow

  • Drake

  • Finch

  • Fox

  • Hawk

  • Lynx

  • Pike

  • Wolf

  • SURNAMES

  • Bach

  • Bly

  • Boone

  • Briggs

  • Brooks

  • Doyle

  • Duff

  • Eames

  • Flynn

  • Ford

  • Hart

  • Holt

  • Ives

  • Keats

  • Knox

  • Nash

  • Poe

  • Quinn

  • Smith

  • Taft

  • Tate

  • Webb

  • Welsh

  • York

  • INTERNATIONALS

  • Cruz

  • Dev

  • Dov

  • Finn

  • Kai

  • Lars

  • Mies

  • Nils

  • Pax

  • Piers

  • Stig

  • Sven

  • Taj

  • Teague

  • Tor

  • NICKNAMES

  • Ace

  • Baz

  • Beau/Bo

  • Beck

  • Bing

  • Bix

  • Bram

  • Cam

  • Chaz

  • Dash

  • Dax

  • Dex

  • Fitz

  • Huck

  • Joss

  • Kip

  • Lew

  • Lex

  • Merce

  • Nat

  • Nate

  • Oz

  • Puck

  • Rafe

  • Ry

  • Shep

  • Tex

  • Ving

  • Whit

  • Xan/Zan

  • Zeke

  • VINTAGE NNs

  • Arch

  • Art

  • Cal

  • Clem

  • Cy

  • Gus

  • Hal

  • Hank

  • Ike

  • Jock

  • Mac/Mack

  • Mick

  • Moe

  • Ned

  • Pete

  • Ray

  • Si

  • Sid

  • Sol

  • Walt

  • COLORS

  • Blue

  • Brown

  • Gold

  • Gray/Grey

  • Green

  • Jet

  • Moss

  • WORDS

  • Bard

  • Blaze

  • Brick

  • Bridge

  • Cash

  • Chase

  • Dart

  • East

  • Flint

  • Free

  • Jazz

  • Jet

  • Just

  • Light

  • March

  • North

  • Ode

  • Pace

  • Scout

  • Slate

  • True

  • West

  • FULL NAMES

  • Clyde

  • Cole

  • Floyd

  • Hart

  • Holt

  • Hugh

  • Jude

  • Lev

  • Luke

  • Miles

  • Reed

  • Reese/Rhys

  • Reeve

  • Slade

  • Tate

  • Zane

  • ASPIRATIONAL

  • Champ

  • Count

  • Czar

  • Duke

  • Judge

  • King

  • Knight

  • Laird

  • Lord

  • Prince

  • Reign

  • Rex

  • Saint

  • Thor

  • Zeus

  • What names would you add to this list? Did you use a one-syllable middle for your boy? Stay tuned–we’ll be providing this service for girls too, soon.

    About the Author

    Linda Rosenkrantz

    Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.