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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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Talia in NYC
My husband, Chaim, and I are trying to find a lovely Jewish name for our baby girl. We have picked a middle name for her. It is Tzofiya. It means "guardian" and is pronounced like Sofia is. We want something pronounceable but still true to her Israeli heritage. We cannot name her after close family members so Arielle/Ariella and Rachel are out. Chaim's mother wants to name her Adina but I do not think Adina Tzofiya sounds right together. Can you help us?
Baby Name Genie:
At the risk of upsetting your Jewish mother-in-law (typically someone you NEVER want to upset), you are right. For a first name that flows better but retains the same tone, name your daughter Eden Tzofiya.
Matt in North Carolina
If our baby is a boy, we have a dilemma. We cannot agree on a first name to go with David Decker. I need a suggestion and the middle name of David has to remain if I am not to be disowned by my father, and three "D" names would be anathema.
Baby Name Genie:
If he has trouble with anathema, then just give him his inhaler. It'll stop his wheezing right away. Oh, wait, I'm thinking of asthma. For a name that will take your breath away, name him Jonathan David Decker.
Larissa in Edmonton
Please help us genie! We are unexpectedly expecting baby #3 (surprise!) and we need a great name that flows with our other children's names, Nia Joy and Zoe Anai. My husband's name is Jack Kenneth (both namesakes). I'd like to include a namesake for baby #3 but I have the names Gloria Anne & Daniel John (my parents) and Marjorie Anne & Larry Kenneth (my husband's parents) to work with.
Baby Name Genie:
Congratulations on your surprise. Perhaps you can write the book "What to Expect When You're Unexpectedly Expecting". Halle means unexpected, so if your child is a girl then name her Halle Anne. For a boy, surprise everyone by naming him Donovan Jack

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