Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames

By Linda Rosenkrantz

November turned out to be an interesting month in the babyberry arrival world! First of all there were four sets of twins: 2 boy/girl and 2 boy/boy:

Margot Weston and Jasper James

Maryn Siena and Nicholas Moone

Archie and Theodore

Oliver Grayson and Nathaniel Wyatt

I was particularly taken with some of the imaginative middle names this month, as in Amaranth, Mimosa, Michelangelo and Moone. And some pretty gorgeous sibsets as well.

 Here’s the full list:

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By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes gender-neutral names for boys, lots of creative nicknames, and inspiration from revolutionaries, Norse myth, and the internet.

Unisex names for boys

Sometimes it feels like when a name crosses genders, it tends to go more from the boys to the girls than the other way. You’re more likely to meet a girl called James than a boy called Jayne.

But that’s not always the case. This week you might have seen a name reveal video where the expectant parents sent a balloon to the stratosphere. They’re obviously science-lovers, which explains their son’s name: Tesla Curtis.

The Serbian surname Tesla is more popular for girls in the US: 161 in 2016 as opposed to 17 boys. It’s only started being used for boys in the last decade, but there’s no reason why it can’t go both ways.

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Boy Names: The new traditionals

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He says “strong traditional.” She says “unique.” Where’s the middle ground for naming a son?

Kelly writes:

My husband and I can’t agree on a boy’s name. Our daughters are Mischa and Nova. He wants a “strong traditional” boy name, but I like unique and I don’t think any traditional names work with our girls’ names.

We originally liked Theodore and calling him Theo, but now they are popping up everywhere. Another idea we had was Wellington and calling him Wells. However, a recent Bachelorette contestant was Wells, so my husband says that’s out. We also liked Lincoln and calling him Link, but his cousin just named his son that.

Any ideas? Maybe a traditional long name with a non-traditional short name?

The Name Sage replies:

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Even more than usual this month, there were lots of intriguing backstories, with such varied tributes to inspirational relatives, saints and kings, nature, music, poetry, Canada, Victor Hugo, James Joyce, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, an opera star, ice skating, bird watching, and an out-of-the-ordinary engagement gift.

Here’s the extensive complete list:

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

It’s almost as though the various members of the Fran-name family got together for a big reunion celebrating at the joint revival of these names, sparked in part by the election of the newest Pope taking on the name of Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Suddenly we began seeing, new interest in the girls’ version Frances, as well as variations like Francine and Francesca and nicknames like Frankie.

Let’s take a look at the whole Fran Clan.

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