Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames

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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The Middle Name Riddle

They’ve found the perfect first name for their daughter. But when it comes to a middle, that’s a riddle they just can’t solve.

J & M write:

We’re expecting a baby girl later this year. Luckily, my husband and I both love the name August.

However, we can’t seem to agree on a middle name.

We’ve considered:

August Vivian – But husband feels it’s too long

August Clo – But I don’t like the flow

August Ava, August Sloane – But maybe both middles are too overused

August Eloise – Husband doesn’t like

August Amelia – Husband thinks it’s too plain

We’re good to go on this first name. Please help us find a middle!

The Name Sage replies:

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Cute Baby Names

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We all love to oooh and awwww over cute baby names, but when is cuteness a prime criteria in choosing a name?

When naming a pet, sometimes. Or suggesting names you love to your best friend. But when naming your own baby? Cute may be a drawback, unless the cute name is a nickname for something more serious that can go on the job application.

And that’s certainly one way to reclaim the cute in baby names — choose a buttoned-up name like Eleanor with a cute nickname like Ellie or Nell. Another way is to see cute as an all-around good thing and embrace it by choosing a name that’s cute out of the gate.

Over in the lists section, we’ve got collections of cute baby names for girls and cute baby names for boys. For further inspiration, here’s a selection of cute baby names today:

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The Return of Lemony Snicket

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Lemony Snicket has just made a welcome return appearance, via Netflix, reminding us of what an inventive namer his creator (nee Daniel Handler) is—kind of a cross between C. Dickens and JK Rowling. Personally, I’m crazy about some of the incredible surnames in the series—Baudelaire, Caliban, Poe, Quagmire, and especially the use of the word Denouement as a name.

As for the first names, there are lots of classics, especially for the boys—Albert, Arthur, Charles, Frank and Phil—and some trendy girls’ names as well, such as Olivia and Violet, but there are some more uncommon examples as well. Let’s have a look at names from the whole series.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Some interesting names posted in the Birth Announcement forums this month, including our first Loki.

I love the way musical names Allegra, Amadeus and Callas are embedded in a sibset.

Here are all the names:

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