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You’ve settled on the perfect first name, when suddenly you realize that you’re not done yet.
There’s a family member that you’d love to honor – but can you really name your new son Algernon?
Maybe it isn’t so bad being one of three women named Jennifer in your office, but two of you share the middle name Ann, and the third is Anne. Now you’re in love with the name Ava, but worry that your daughter will be known as Ava LastInitial.
Your husband has been arguing that Danger is a great middle name for a boy. He also likes the idea of naming your kiddo Lennon, as in John – but is that too out-there?
Speaking of out there, is it really okay to name your daughter Luscinia, or will she have to spell and repeat her name endlessly?
So many dilemmas, and one possible solution to them all: look to the middle.
Like the mighty Oreo, the filling in the middle can make a huge difference. For some parents, it is as easy as using a family name – think of the Spelling-McDermott’s Aaron, Doreen, Margaret, and Davey. Other parents have good reason to fall back on names sometimes dismissed as filler – if your grandparents are James and Rose, those middles are meaningful, even if they’re very common.
But there’s a certain magic to going big – BIG – with middle names. Choices like Algernon and Luscinia are the Double Stufs of cookie-dom, with more than you expect awaiting. They’re a delight to name enthusiasts, but going big can be useful for lots of reasons.
If you’re consider a daring middle, here are seven reasons to go for it!
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