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Surname Names for Boys: Help wanted!

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by Abby Sandel

They’re adopting baby number six in just a few weeks. Meaning matters, but so does fitting in with their family. Let’s help them find the right surname name choice for their new son!

Kate writes: 

We just got the call that we have been chosen to adopt a baby boy. We are thrilled but need to pick a name soon.

We have five children: sons Cohen Reid and Adler Josiah, and daughters Kacey Josephine Pearl, Scout Alivia Jordan, and Harper Evangeline Raea.

One of this baby’s middle names will be Ripley.

While we have always talked about the name Fletcher with either the middle name Davis or Rhodes, I’m not convinced we have the right name for this baby.

I’ve recently heard the name Boone and love it but not sure it fits with our short, two-syllable A last name.

Other names we love: Wilder, Booker, Jude, Flynn, Gable, Lennon, Nash.

The meaning of the name is important to us. We love that Fletcher means an arrow maker, a person who hits the target. I love that Boone means blessed as this baby is a gift.

We would like to avoid using the same first initial of any of our other children.

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Cool Names: Elowen, Oslo and Otis

by Linda Rosenkrantz

Lots of cool names arrived in the hot month of August! Even more than usual, our Berries made some extraordinarily creative name choices last month.

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by Abby Sandel

Let’s solve the riddle of the girl middle name for their due-in-December daughter.

Stephanie writes:

We are expecting our first child, a daughter, in December. We are going with Gracie for her first name (not Grace, but Gracie), but we cannot find a  middle name we love. We’ve thought about Noelle, since she will be a Christmas baby; Rae or Rhea since my husband’s middle name is Ray; more unique options like Wren and classics like Josephine; but nothing has stuck. I do not want to go with my maiden name and our last name starts with “G” so we want to try to stay away from vowels. Help!

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Starbaby Predictions: First and middles

by Sophie Kihm

My latest starbaby predictions include some thoughts on middle names.

Celebrity baby middle names don’t get as much attention as first names, but they can be equally as exciting. Take Anne Hathaway’s son’s middle name, Rosebanks. It’s a portmanteau of two family names—a creative solution to honor multiple people at once. Lauren and Thomas Rhett Akins gave their daughters short, boyish middle names, as did Michael Sheen—although his daughter Lily’s middle name is the more unconventional Mo.

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Nickname in the News: Hal

by Linda Rosenkrantz

Nickname name news! First Daughter and TV personality Jenna Bush Hager and her husband Henry have just announced the name of their third child and first son: Henry Harold Hager—to be known as Hal.  An extremely convenient nickname, actually, since Hal has long been used for both Henry and Harold.

So let’s take a closer look at Henry and Harold’s more nonchalant, independent offshoot—the suddenly cool and stylish again Hal.

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