Baby Middle Names Advice

Baby seated on white fabric. #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!)

#4) Do your child a favor and check out the initials to make sure they don't spell an intelligible word or acronym that will unnecessarily provoke schoolyard teasing. For example: Cynthia Irene Anderson = CIA.

#5) Resume test the middle initial (if you really want to get picky). One of the few places people use their middle name is on a job resume. Type out first name, middle initial, and last name and see how it looks. Hard sounding letters like "D", "J", and "T" sound stronger than letters like "L" and "C".

#6) Don't stress too much about finding the perfect middle name--unless you think your child will be a president, poet, or doctor. Most people don't use their middle name in daily life.

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Terra in Oklahoma
It's our first child, and she's a girl. Our last name is Watson. I was going for Suzanna Adelle for a while, but grew not to like it. I've also liked the names Skyler Dean and Stormy Kay in the past, but decided against them. Is there any way you can help?
Baby Name Genie:
With names like Skyler and Stormy, I’m seeing a definite meteorological theme here. Not to rain on your parade, but the forecast shows a different name for your daughter. Name her Sadie Joy for a baby girl with a sunny disposition.

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