Middle Names, Last Names, and Nickname News

september birth announcements
October 1st, 2020

Mighty Middle Names Add Fun!

By Emma Waterhouse

Nameberry’s September birth announcements include some seriously cool and original middle names – the perfect way to add pizzazz to a baby name combo!

surname names for girls
August 20th, 2020

Bright New Surname Names for Girls

By Sophie Kihm

The next generation of surname names for girls — goodbye Madison, Riley, and Kennedy, hello Madigan, Ripley, and Kensington!

July 6th, 2020

Popular Nicknames Soften Unusual Names

By Pamela Redmond

Popular nicknames like Ellie and Jack are often much more common than official name popularity lists indicate, since they’re given on their own and also used as short forms for a wide range of proper names that are themselves very popular, from Eleanor to Elizabeth to Gabrielle, from Jackson to John to Jonathan.

Vintage Nicknames
June 9th, 2020

Vintage Nicknames Refresh Classic Names

By Sophie Kihm

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.

May 15th, 2020

Vintage British Nicknames

By Eleanor Nickerson

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
May 13th, 2020

Celebrity Middle Names First

By Linda Rosenkrantz

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.

middle names 2019
April 14th, 2020

Middle Names: The Ultimate Guide

By Sophie Kihm

Millennial parents are getting creative with their children’s middle names. These are the top trends in middle names for 2020.

nicknames for babies
April 13th, 2020

Nicknames for Babies Have Never Been Cooler

By Emma Waterhouse

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!

fresh surname names
March 14th, 2020

Surname Baby Names Welcome the Next Wave

By Clare Green

Surname baby names go far beyond Carson and Cooper. Here are 30 fresh alternatives.

middle names
January 25th, 2020

Unique Middle Names Don’t Even Need to Be Names

By Clare Green

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.