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Middle Names 2012: The New Connectors

April 16, 2012 Pamela Redmond

There are several hot trends in middle names 2012.

One is the Middle Name with Meaning — family surnames, place names, virtue names you might not use in first place but that make for distinctive middle names.

Another is using two middle names, often to honor family members.

And then there are The New Connectors.

These names don’t mean or stand for anything or anyone special.  They just sound good, bridging the first and last names with a euphonious single syllable.

How do they differ from the standard middle names of yore, the Anns and Lees and Johns that might be thought of as The Old Connectors?

They don’t, so much, except that they’re not Ann or Lee or John.

Here, the New Connector Middle Names 2012:

girls

Bee

Belle

Bliss

Blythe

Bryn

Claire

Eve

Faith

Fay

Fern

Greer

Hope

June

Kate

Lake

Lark

Mae/May

Maeve

Page/Paige

Pearl

Rose

Rue

Tess

Wren

boys

Beau

Cash

Chance

Finn

Fox

James

Max

Penn

Reed

Van

Vaughn

West

either

Bay

Blue

Gray/Grey

Kai

Lane

Pax

Poe

Quinn

Ray

Reese/Rhys

Sky

True

Win

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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