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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. For more on these topics, see our complete lists of Middle Names, Last Names, and our ultimate guide to Nicknames.

Celebrity Grandparent Names
Wed Oct 12 2022

Celebrity Grandparent Names

Celebrity grandparent names might be even more unique than celebrity baby names! Find out who is called Papou, Gogo, Honey, and Boom Boom by their grandchildren in this round-up of celebrity grandparent names.
Vintage Surname Names Come Back Around
Wed Sep 14 2022

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.
Grandpa Names: The Ultimate Guide
Fri Sep 02 2022

Grandpa Names: The Ultimate Guide

Grandpa names — the names that grandchildren call their grandfathers — are more creative than ever before. Bye-bye, Grandpa and hello, Biggie? Zippo? Grady? The choice is yours!
Grandma Names: The Ultimate Guide
Thu Sep 01 2022

Grandma Names: The Ultimate Guide

Grandma names — the names that grandchildren call their grandmothers — are more creative than ever before. Bye-bye, Grandma and hello, Glamma? Zuzu? Honey? The choice is yours!
The 100 Most Common Last Names in the US
Fri Aug 26 2022

The 100 Most Common Last Names in the US

The most common last names in the US are collected here, with their origins and meanings. Is yours on the list?
Nickname Spotlight: Getting to Gus
Sat Aug 06 2022

Nickname Spotlight: Getting to Gus

Do you love the nickname Gus, but would prefer a more unusual route to it than August or Augustus? Here's a world of options ranging from familiar Angus to rare gems like Mingus.
Rare Names With Popular Nicknames
Sat Jul 09 2022

Rare Names With Popular Nicknames

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.
Last Names for Girls
Wed Jun 08 2022

Last Names for Girls

The next generation of surname names for girls — goodbye Madison, Riley, and Kennedy, hello Madigan, Ripley, and Kensington!
Middle Names: The Ultimate Guide
Thu Apr 07 2022

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 2022.
Nicknames: The Ultimate Guide
Mon Mar 28 2022

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.
Cute Baby Names
Thu Sep 02 2021

Cute Baby Names

One way to reclaim the cute in baby names is to 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.
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.
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.
Last Names for Boys
Thu Jan 21 2021

Last Names for Boys

If you love names like Mason, Hunter and Brooks but are looking for something less popular, we've got you covered. Surname names for boys are an ever-growing trend, but there are still plenty of underused gems, whether you like occupational names, cute nickname options, or rockstar heroes.
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!
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

Middle names highlight 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!