Boys’ Baby Names: Little Middles

Nouveau style single-syllable middle names

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

ANIMALS

SURNAMES

INTERNATIONALS

VINTAGE NNs

COLORS

WORDS

FULL NAMES

ASPIRATIONAL

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.

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AlvinaR Says:

September 29th, 2016 at 1:02 am

My great grandfather’s middle name was Beech. He was born in 1850.

chi1127 Says:

September 29th, 2016 at 9:37 am

Yep. I would use none of these. I’m not a fan of single syllables with a single syllable first name.

chi1127 Says:

September 29th, 2016 at 9:38 am

Surname* Autocorrect did something weird

lalala__lauren Says:

September 29th, 2016 at 9:59 am

I can’t believe Blake isn’t somewhere on this list!

JulesBerry Says:

September 29th, 2016 at 3:14 pm

What about Von? It is an old Norse name meaning ‘hope’.

mill1020 Says:

September 29th, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Equal weight for middles and firsts? Nah. As long as people usually go by a first name, the middle(s) are ornamental and the firsts do the heavy lifting.

Was Van on the list? I know an adorable 1 -year-old whose first name is Van.

lesliemarion Says:

October 3rd, 2016 at 10:36 pm

I love so many of these names. Very excited to see this list.

wynnroc Says:

October 21st, 2016 at 2:10 pm

What about Glen/Glenn?

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