Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames

Is a Nickname Name Enough?

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The current Most Popular list is chockfull of nickname names, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the new one arriving next month will include even more. Girl and boy Charlies and Sams and Frankies, Jakes and Josies, starbabies named Hal and Hank.

They’re cute and catchy and couldn’t be more friendly or relaxed. But is there a downside?

Will a boy christened Will wish he could put William on his college application? (And will people assume that William is his full name?) And would a woman named Izzy feel she’ll never quite be taken seriously?

Or are these non-issues, with Ellie and Evie simply today’s Molly and Polly?

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

I’d be hard pressed to pick just one name out of this beauteous bunch—I especially love the three C-girls: Cassia Madeleine, Clementine Faith and Coraline Genevieve.

We’re starting to see more of these two middles—Opal and Soleil.

And a new addition to the word name list: Acre (brother of Atlas).

One set of twins this month: Samantha Bea and Seren Quentin

Here’s the complete list:

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February Berry Baby Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

February may have been the shortest month, but it was characteristically long on brilliant Berry name choices—I will never cease to be amazed (and gratified) by the taste and originality of our community.

Among the more unusual picks for firsts and middles: Garnet, Pomeline, Golden, Celestine, and Zebediah. And Virginia popped up as both a first and a middle.

And here they are:

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Like our cousins across the pond, we’ve fallen in love with vintage nicknames for our girls—names like Maisie and Mabel and Sadie and Josie and Hattie are already on the rise. But do those parents who want a little Hattie necessarily consider putting Harriet or Henrietta on the birth certificate?

Maybe, maybe not.

In some cases, the adorable short form is actually succeeding in waking up its sleeping mother name. Like Josephine, for instance, and Beatrice. But here are some others whose full versions have not seen as much—if any– action, as adorable as their period nicknames may be.

Which of these cute, often tomboyish, girl nicknames do you think are capable of reviving their more staid Great-Grandma names?

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

A new year, and a fresh roster of beautifully chosen names.

First of all, two sets of twins announced in January, one pair for each gender:

Beatrice Ophelia and Persephone Aida

Ivar Quinn and Kurt Damian

We continue to see a profusion of nature names, some inspired by their parents’ love of the great outdoors: River, Cypress, Snow, Juniper, Poppy, and Arbor, plus the perennials Rose and Violet. And check out some of the really imaginative and impressive sibsets.

Here’s the full list:

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