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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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Caleb in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
There was a big surprise a few weeks ago. In the middle of dinner, my mom told us that she was going to have a baby next year around April Fool's Day. We don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet, so give us what you got.
Baby Name Genie:
This is either a wonderful blessing and miracle, or it's the longest set up to an April Fool's joke in history. Assuming your mother isn't pulling your leg, I give you Derek Wayne for a boy and Laura Belle for a girl. No foolin'.
Mark in Virginia
We're looking for a girl first name. The middle name is Hayes. Wife's rules: No A's or M's. Must be feminine. My Rule: Reference to famous person in the arts or science is a plus. Thanks!
Baby Name Genie:
Have you heard of the astrophysicist who discovered pulsars, among other things? Her name is Jocelyn Bell Burnell. I recommend reading up on her so when your daughter Jocelyn Hayes asks you about her name, you'll be ready.
Stephany in Kentucky
We are having another girl! And I already have a name picked out - Briella Rose. I love it so much, but I told my parents of my name choice and they HATE it. But I am so in love with it that I can't seem to pick another name out for a little girl that isn't used very often. Please help!!!!
Baby Name Genie:
I'm sorry. You've mistakenly reached the Baby Name Genie. You're looking for Overbearing Parents Genie. He may be able to help you remind your parents that they got to pick your name, but you get to pick your daughter's name. If you'd like advice on the name itself, I can help with that. Try the more traditional Gabriella Rose, and save the pet name Briella for informal occasions.

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