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.

Nicknames: The Ultimate Guide
Thu Mar 21 2024

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.
Common Italian Last Names with Meanings
Fri Mar 01 2024

Common Italian Last Names with Meanings

The most common Italian surnames include patronymics, occupational names, and descriptive names.
Last Names as First Names: Welcome to the Next Wave
Tue Feb 27 2024

Last Names as First Names: Welcome to the Next Wave

Each generation has its own favorite surname baby names. Meet the next wave of up-and-coming last names, and discover cool, fresh alternatives to the popular choices.
100 Most Common Last Names in the US
Wed Jan 24 2024

100 Most Common Last Names in the US

100 most common last names in the US are collected here, with their origins and meanings. Is yours on the list?
Unique Middle Names You Didn't Even Know Were Names
Fri Jan 19 2024

Unique Middle Names You Didn't Even Know Were Names

Middle names are a safe space to have fun and let your imagination soar. Take a look at some of the quirky and unique middle names used by celebrities and non-famous parents alike. We bet you didn't even know some of them could be names!
Nicknames for Babies Have Never Been Cooler
Wed Jan 17 2024

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!
Last Names for Boys: Cool and Fresh Choices
Sat Jan 13 2024

Last Names for Boys: Cool and Fresh Choices

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 options, whether you like occupational names, rockstar heroes, or a last name with a cute nickname.
Some Surprising Surnames to Consider
Sun Dec 10 2023

Some Surprising Surnames to Consider

Looking for a stylish surname that's not too popular? Here are some ideas with interesting and unexpected origins.
Celebrity Grandparent Names
Wed Oct 11 2023

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.
Spanish Surnames
Thu Sep 21 2023

Spanish Surnames

How many Garcias do you know? Here is the newest data on the most common Spanish surnames in the US today.
Vintage Surname Names Come Back Around
Sat Sep 09 2023

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.
Nickname Spotlight: Getting to Gus
Fri Aug 04 2023

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 Finegas.
Rare Names With Popular Nicknames
Mon Jul 10 2023

Rare Names With Popular Nicknames

If you want to use a popular nickname like Ellie or Joe, there are more options for full names than you might think.
Vintage British Nicknames
Thu Jun 15 2023

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.
Grandpa Names: The Ultimate Guide
Sun Jun 11 2023

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!
Don't Name Your Daughter Harper
Fri Jun 02 2023

Don't Name Your Daughter Harper

Harper is a fine name, but after a decade near the top of the list, it's time to look to the next generation of surname names for girls, Goodbye Harper, Madison, Riley, and hello Hollis, Madigan, and Ripley!
Grandma Names: The Ultimate Guide
Sun May 07 2023

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!
Secret Celebrity Middle Names
Fri May 05 2023

Secret Celebrity Middle Names

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.
Middle Names: The Ultimate Guide
Fri Apr 14 2023

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 2024 and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.