Middle Names, Last Names, and Nickname News

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.

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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.

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April 14th, 2020

Middle Names 2020

By Sophie Kihm

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

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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!

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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.

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January 25th, 2020

Today’s 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.

November 20th, 2019

Long Middle Names for Girls

By Abby Sandel

The Name Sage meets the challenge of finding just the right middle name to blend with the short choice of Lia.

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November 17th, 2019

New Baby Surname Trends

By Pamela Redmond

Giving babies surnames that don’t belong to either parent is growinbg trend, with mashup surnames and invented names on the increase.

September 17th, 2019

Surname Names for Boys: Help wanted!

By Abby Sandel

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!

August 20th, 2019

Girl Middle Names: What’s best for Gracie?

By Abby Sandel

The Name Sage throws out a fun challenge: What’s the best middle name for Gracie? Enter the poll!