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Middle Names, Last Names, and Nickname News

The focus of these news stories are middle names, last names, and nicknames: the newest trends and most recent usage updates. Topics include fresh middle names choices, how to turn last names into first names, and which nicknames are moving in and out of style.

Nicknames: The Ultimate Guide
Sun Oct 17 2021

Nicknames: The Ultimate Guide

Nicknames are one of the most fun parts of naming, as they often take on a life of their own. Whether you are planning your child's nickname carefully or leaving it to chance, you'll find inspiration here to suit all styles.
Top Last Names in the US: Origins and Meanings
Wed Sep 22 2021

Top Last Names in the US: Origins and Meanings

The top last names in the US with their origins and meanings.
Doll Names: Traveling Back in Time
Tue Jul 27 2021

Doll Names: Traveling Back in Time

Through the years, from Barbara Lou to Barbie, dolls' ID tags have said a lot about name trends.
Popular Nicknames Soften Unusual Names
Sat Jul 24 2021

Popular Nicknames Soften Unusual Names

If you want to use a popular nickname like Ellie or Joe, there are more options for long formal names than you might think. There are the well-known ones forms like Eleanor and Joseph... but also fun and unusual ones like Elowen and Joachim. Here are more offbeat ways to get your favorite nickname.
Vintage Surname Names Come Back Around
Thu Jun 17 2021

Vintage Surname Names Come Back Around

Vintage surname names? Yes, this modern trend isn't so modern after all. See the top surname names from a century ago, along with unique choices from our secret source.
Middle Names: The Ultimate Guide
Tue Apr 06 2021

Middle Names: The Ultimate Guide

Millennial parents are getting creative with their children's middle names. These are the top trends in middle names for 2021.
Secret Middle Names of the Stars
Tue Feb 09 2021

Secret Middle Names of the Stars

What are the most unique celebrity middle names? We'll introduce you to the A-list celebs who claim (or hide) Mungo, Delight, and Joan of Arc as their middles.
Mighty Middle Names Add Fun!
Thu Oct 01 2020

Mighty Middle Names Add Fun!

Nameberry’s September birth announcements include some seriously cool and original middle names – the perfect way to add pizzazz to a baby name combo!
Bright New Surname Names for Girls
Thu Aug 20 2020

Bright New Surname Names for Girls

The next generation of surname names for girls — goodbye Madison, Riley, and Kennedy, hello Madigan, Ripley, and Kensington!
Vintage Nicknames Refresh Classic Names
Tue Jun 09 2020

Vintage Nicknames Refresh Classic Names

Traditional names that need a style revival can find it with an unexpected vintage nickname. These retro short forms will make you reconsider all of the classics.
Vintage British Nicknames
Fri May 15 2020

Vintage British Nicknames

A fascinating compilation of lively, almost-forgotten old diminutives that deserve a new look, by Eleanor Nickerson aka Elea of the blog British Baby Names.
Celebrity Middle Names First
Wed May 13 2020

Celebrity Middle Names First

You might be surprised at how many celebs have swapped their first names for their middles. Another reason to focus on your middle-name choice.
Nicknames for Babies Have Never Been Cooler
Mon Apr 13 2020

Nicknames for Babies Have Never Been Cooler

Nicknames for babies: would you consider putting one on the birth certificate? Our newly updated lists of cool and unique nicknames might just inspire you!
Surname Baby Names Welcome the Next Wave
Sat Mar 14 2020

Surname Baby Names Welcome the Next Wave

Surname baby names go far beyond Carson and Cooper. Here are 30 fresh alternatives.
Unique Middle Names Don’t Even Need to Be Names
Sat Jan 25 2020

Unique Middle Names Don’t Even Need to Be Names

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden’s choice of Wildflower for one of their daughter’s middle names highlights a trend toward meaningful non-names in the middle.
Long Middle Names for Girls
Wed Nov 20 2019

Long Middle Names for Girls

The Name Sage meets the challenge of finding just the right middle name to blend with the short choice of Lia.
New Baby Surname Trends
Sun Nov 17 2019

New Baby Surname Trends

Giving babies surnames that don’t belong to either parent is growinbg trend, with mashup surnames and invented names on the increase.
Surname Names for Boys: Help wanted!
Tue Sep 17 2019

Surname Names for Boys: Help wanted!

The Name Sage is called upon to help find a boy name for this family’s sixth child. Check out her suggestions and vote on the poll!
Girl Middle Names: What’s best for Gracie?
Tue Aug 20 2019

Girl Middle Names: What’s best for Gracie?

The Name Sage throws out a fun challenge: What’s the best middle name for Gracie? Enter the poll!
Starbaby Predictions: First and middles
Tue Aug 13 2019

Starbaby Predictions: First and middles

Sophie’s latest starbaby predictions include her choices for such A-listers as Anne Hathaway and Natalie Imbruglia.
Nickname in the News: Hal
Mon Aug 05 2019

Nickname in the News: Hal

The focus is on celebrity nickname pick Hal, thanks to Jenna Bush Hager.
Cool Short Middle Names for Girls
Tue Jul 30 2019

Cool Short Middle Names for Girls

Some of the newest and coolest short middle names for girls–and they all rhyme with May!
Seeking a Traditional but Modern Boy Name
Tue Jun 04 2019

Seeking a Traditional but Modern Boy Name

The Name Sage guides Elliott Thatcher’s mom towards a traditional yet modern name for his little brother.
May Arrivals: Phoebe Wren & Susannah Sparrow
Mon Jun 03 2019

May Arrivals: Phoebe Wren & Susannah Sparrow

Some gorgeous names among the May arrivals of our newest berrybabes.
The Hottest Nickname Names of 2018
Mon May 20 2019

The Hottest Nickname Names of 2018

The royal Archie leads the nickname names heading up the popularity ladder.