Fetching Names: Other than Danger

by appellationmountain on October 6, 2011

Danger: High Voltage

The middle name is a good place to go a little wild. With the exception of a passport and possibly a marriage certificate, we’re rarely required to reveal our full name as adults.

So if you give your kiddo the middle name Danger, it is usually up to him to reveal his extreme appellation, or to go through life pretending the D is for David.

Then again, he could grow up to be an X-Games athlete, or maybe an International Man of Mystery. Austin Powers, after all, claimed Danger as his middle name. (Though Mike Myers went ahead and called his new son Spike.) It isn’t just an urban legend – from twins in Australia who both share the menacing middle to Jakob Danger Armstrong, son of Green Day frontman Billie Joe, there are kids who do, indeed, have a built-in laugh line in the middle spot.

So let’s say you respect your partner’s longing for a daring, masculine middle – but want something slightly less cliched? Here are a few ideas.

Ace – The Hebrew Asa is right at home with other Old Testament appellations, but Ace conjures up daring fighter pilots and winning hands of cards. It’s a tough guy middle that would pair well with many a popular name.

BlazeBlaise is saintly, but Blaze is fiery. He’s over-the-top, but in the middle spot, he stays just on the right side of outrageous.

Breaker - From Connor to Carter, ends in -r names have a high style quotient these days. Breaker, like Ryder or Ranger, boasts a modern masculine sound that could appeal. Just don’t complain when you have to move all of the Waterford out of reach.

Draco – As in Harry Potter’s nemesis, but also the constellation, borrowed from the Latin for dragon. Oh, and the seventh century BC Athenian lawgiver, known for replacing blood feuds with a written code of law. Danica McKellar used the name for her son earlier this year.

Harley - The iconic American motorcycle started out as the surname of one of the company’s co-founders. Despite some use for girls, it still revs the engine in the middle spot for a son.

Pendragon – While we’re breathing fire, there’s also Pendragon, sometimes used as a surname or epithet for the legendary King Arthur. Depending on the usage, it could mean “son of the dragon” or “dragon’s head.”

Tiberius – This sounds like a classic appellation borrowed from antiquity – and it is. But it also the middle name of Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk. If you love Atticus but he’s not on board, this might satisfy.

What other daring, dangerous names would you add to the list for boys?

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Charlotte Vera October 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM

I missed this post last week (our internet’s been sketchy), which makes me sad since it’s great! Mark’s been pulling for Tiberius for a while, but I just can’t get behind it, even as a middle name since it IS most famous for being a middle name. Pendragon, however, is AWESOME.

Still, if we do have more kids, I imagine we’ll go the family-honouring route with middle names. I wish I had the guts to use Pendragon in the first position.

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McKenzie October 8, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Tiberius is a favorite of mine, but it was only recently that I learned of its Trekkie reference. I just have a thing for ancient history.

I would offer up Riot. I have actually encountered it as a first name!

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dreadedjaws October 7, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Oooh Vader – my husband was lobbying (although not terribly seriously) for a Star Wars name with our son… I actually, entertained Skywalker at one point (as a mn).

In the middle spot, one of my husband’s coworker’s daughter has Assassin. Really. She is not yet 2 years at this point. As much as I admire the slightly daring middle, this one is too much for me… her first name is not nearly so out there (it’s along the lines of Savannah) and while the sound of Assassin is actually kind of nice, it just makes me think “yikes” every time.

A pair of middles I do really like belong to a friend’s kids: Rocket (boy) and Bee (girl)… I’ve been told the criteria for middles for this family was that they could get a tattoo of it in picture form. Rocket is pretty exciting, I think, and has the added bonus of being not violent. The “adventure” names mentioned, like Pilot, Wilder, and Tiberius really strike a chord for me and I’d put Rocket into that category.

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Isadora Vega October 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM

There was a discussion about names on Offbeat Mama, and one of them had a son named Zen Vader. Yes, after Darth Vader. If that’s not dangerous, I don’t know what is.

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SkyeRhyly October 7, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Harley, Blaze and Ace are somewhat common first name choices, so I dont see them as particularly interesting for the middle spot.

I actually think the first name should be the one to be more unique, as it seperates you from the crowd, gives you your own identitiy. Who cares if you’re Michael Danger? You’ll still be a Michael D. to everyone else.

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mama gee October 6, 2011 at 9:22 PM

My son’s middle name is Wilder. I see it as more pastoral and literary, but I think it has a Blaze/Breaker quality to many people. It seems like much more of a name than Breaker to me anyway. :P

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name lover October 7, 2011 at 9:14 AM

I told my mom the other day that I have always loved the surname Wilder and she said that I could use it if I ever have a son. I said that I’d love it as a middle name ;)

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Awkward Turtle October 6, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I’d like to suggest GreatDeals or BestPrices, on the chance your child grows up to be a used car salesman and needs a good line for ads. ;p

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appellationmountain October 6, 2011 at 1:39 PM

HA!

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Sara October 6, 2011 at 12:39 PM

We just gave our son Achilles as a middle name which I think fits perfectly in this topic. Very masculine and unexpected. My husband and I both are Classics nerds and bonded over the Illiad when we were undergrads, so it fits within our story as a couple as well.

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appellationmountain October 6, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Now that’s one that I love. Classic, quirky, masculine – and, in your case, very meaningful!

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Fran October 6, 2011 at 12:36 PM

I do love Harley, but its not really our style so one of our numerous dogs has been given the moniker. I also think Pendragon is amazing, and has a great mythological link.

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Elizabeth October 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM

I think that Tiberious is the perfect middle name choice for any Trekkie no matter what name is in the family. I think the name Penn Jillette used for his daughter, Moxie Crimefighter, kind of fits into this category. It’s such a cool name with the added superheroine element of Crimefighter. That might be an unpopular opinion, but I stick to it.

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British American October 6, 2011 at 7:46 PM

I totally like Tiberius – mainly for the Star Trek reference. I did bring it up kind of jokingly to my husband, to see if he’d go for it, but he didn’t. George Tiberius would have been cool! :)

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Nook of Names October 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM

I do love Draco, and since a celeb has actually broken the ice, as it were, and used it for real, maybe others will follow suit.

Like Pendragon and Tiberius a lot too — while Blaze, another cracking name, I’d say is already on the road to establishment!

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KatieB October 6, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Friends of mine have an (almost) one year old they named Jacob Phoenix. I love fun and nteresting middle names. I’ve often considered using Wisdom, Wise, Starling, and Loyal for boys and Winsome for a girl. Though not exactly dangerous, many would find them a bit daring.

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Sarah A October 6, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I personally think the middle spot is THE place to go wild and crazy – that’s why I actually loved Bryan Adams’ Easter baby Mirabella Bunny ;) Waltzing’s mention of Max Danger is OTT but Jacob Danger? It beats the pants off something like Jacob Matthew (no offense of course to any Jacob Matthews!)

We have on our short list for middle names some out there ones: Tiberius, Armistead, Bolt, Wolf/Wolfgang, Aragorn, and Amadeus. And since we’re huge LOTR fans, if ever have twin boys (ha!) Peregrin and Meriadoc are the top choices for middles :)

Oh, and I love the idea of virtue names in the middle spot for boys: Noble, Courage, True, Brave, Wisdom, Makepeace – all these are wonderful.

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C in DC October 6, 2011 at 10:10 AM

When I was carrying my twins, we called them Pippin and Merry. We talked about naming them Philipa and Meredith in real life, but ended up going a totally different direction.

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Sarah A October 6, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Ooh, I LOVE the idea of Philippa and Meredith, nn Pippa/in and Merry!

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Names4Real October 6, 2011 at 7:22 AM

Oh, Pendragon is cool and one I haven’t seen before.

I’ve seen Danger in the middle quite a few times.

Other cool middle names I’ve seen are Lion, Freedom, Earth, & Tiding.

Off subject, but did you see this on ohdeedoh? Matilda Lime, but they call her Lime. :)

http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/happy-birthday/happy-birthday-matilda-157570

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appellationmountain October 6, 2011 at 1:42 PM

LIME! Wild. Cute baby, too.

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Charlotte Vera October 13, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Oh, for some reason I thought of the material (containing calcium) before the fruit.

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i.heart.nerds October 6, 2011 at 6:56 AM

My dh is convinced that if we ever have boy twins their middles will be Trouble and Danger….not going to happen. Lol.

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waltzingmorethanmatilda October 6, 2011 at 4:22 AM

Chloe Maxwell (On TV) and her husband Mat Rogers (rugby league player) have a son called Maxwell Danger – Max Danger. *groan*

I can totally see Breaker taking off here, due to Harry “Breaker” Morant (a war criminal, and folk hero for some reason).

What about Pilot as a daring middle name? Pilot Inspector was too weird, but what about [Normal name] Pilot [Normal surname]? Also, it’s an old-fashioned dog name, which is really fashionable now. In the same vein, Digger.

I’ve seen people call their child Rage … um … maybe a middle instead? As in “Rage is my middle name”. Or Razor?

Weapon names like Colt, Cannon and Gun are in – what about just going all out, and making Bomb the middle name? Or Nuke? Or Nukem, as in Duke Nukem?

Heck I could go on all night, but I like to turn in early. :)

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