Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames

By Linda Rosenkrantz

July was a really rich month for berrybaby name choices, with boys name Hawthorne and Wren and two girls with the middle name of Marigold. Other particularly interesting middles for girls included St. Louis and Zélie. And there was a multitude of multiples as well. Here’s the full list, with some of the intriguing reasons behind the choices.

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New Routes to Popular Nicknames

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by Pamela Redmond

I was browsing the name Theodosia a little while ago — you know, the way some people browse bookstores or designer clothes — and I thought, There’s an interesting route to Thea!

At first thought, finding an unusual formal name that gets you to a popular nickname might seem to give you the worst of all worlds. The unusual, distinctive name you worked so hard to find is hidden away on the official documents, while the world knows your child by a nickname — Ellie or Addie or Max — that lots of other kids share.

But you can look at it another way that makes a lot more sense. You get to give your baby a truly unique name without having to worry that it’s too difficult to spell or pronounce or understand because it has an eminently user-friendly nickname. And if at any point you or your child wants to be Theodosia instead of Thea, it’s waiting right there.

What are some unusual routes to popular nicknames that you can think of? Treat us to your cleverest choices.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

This month, some unusual first names, middles and sibling picks. Among the firsts, a girl name Ekko and boys called Kit and Nikao. Interesting middles include Boheme, Marrenna, Maristela and Bartholomew. And this June’s babyberries had big brothers and sisters named Zaza Leonie, Tilda Piaf, Zeke Cahuilla, and Lilith Sage.

Here’s the full list, with the always illuminating comments by their parents.

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Vintage Girls’ Names and Nicknames

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by Pamela Redmond

Vintage baby names have been back for a while now, but some vintage names are still waiting quietly for their new turn in the spotlight.

These pairs of vintage girls’ names and their old school nicknames are drawn from the list of popular baby names in 1880, the first year the US kept baby name records.

Nickname-names, usually ending in -ie for girls, were often used all by themselves, with Minnie, Annie, and Nellie all in the Top 20.

But there were also lots of companion names, proper laced-up girls’ names with adorable nickname options. In the list that follows, sometimes it’s the proper name that’s more unusual — Adelia is way more distinctive than Addie, for example — and sometimes it’s the nickname, as in Mellie as a short form of Amelia or Jettie for Juliet. And sometimes — Araminta and Mintie, for instance — it’s both.

Whatever your choice, this is a perfect way to get two names in one: formal and playful, vintage and fresh, unusual and familiar.

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Baby Names in the News

By Clare Bristow

This week’s baby name news includes more celebrity twins (no, not Beyoncé’s yet), nicknames and word names, and a Harry Potter name no one’s using.

SPORTING BABIES

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly welcomed twins called Eva and Mateo, a sister and brother to Cristiano Jr.

If it’s true, it’s a great choice of names for an international sporting star. Eva is a top 50 name in Ronaldo’s native Portugal, and Mateo is popular in Spain, where he currently plays. Both are safely in the US Top 100, and wearable in many other countries and languages.

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