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Baby Middle Names Advice

#1) Say your baby middle name ideas with the first and last name together. The ideal middle name should flow and not wrap your tongue up in knots.

#2) A middle name that begins with a different letter or sound than the first name ends with normally makes for a smoother name combination.

#3) Vary the number of syllables in each name. A long middle name can nicely compliment a short first and last name. A short middle name can smooth out a long first and last name combination. Whatever you do, don't string three long names together (unless you want your child to have difficulty filling out forms their whole life!)

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Amanda in New York
We are having twin boys! We are pretty much set on Rhys William for one of them. We go back and forth with other names for the other twin. We need a suggestion. We would like the middle name to be just the initial V. It also needs to fit with older brother Caleb. Thanks for your help!
Baby Name Genie:
Name your sons Rhys and Selah. People may ask why you named your son Selah V, but "that's life."
Charlotte in New York
The hubby and I are both sci-fi geeks, so we gave our first daughter the space-themed name of Terra Halley (as in Halley's Comet). We'd like to keep with the space theme for baby #2 (also a girl). My hubby's side of the family is British, so something they could easily pronounce. Any advice? Thanks!
Baby Name Genie:
Are the Brits known for being especially bad at pronouncing things? When I think of "Leicester" and "Gloucester" and "aluminum" and... Oh my. Yes, I see your point. For your little space cadet, I give you Aurora Celeste.
Linsey in Utah
Hi! We have 5 daughters and are now having a BOY! Our last name is Holley and we're looking for our BOY to have an ALL BOY name, since his last name is already quite girly and he will be raised in a house FULL of girls. Thanks!
Baby Name Genie:
I foresee many a dress-up session from his sisters for the boy Holley. Let's give him the name Hunter Jackson to help him fend off his sisterly foes.

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