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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Emma in Western Australia
We have a boy named Tyler James and a girl named Gypsie Jade. Expecting our 3rd, which is a boy. I'm in love with the name Olly, but my partner thinks Gypsie and Olly are unique names and Tyler is not, so it won't feel right. So he wants an ordinary name. Please help with something unique but ordinary.
Baby Name Genie:
In the space between unique and ordinary is a special category of names I think of as "antiques." They are familiar and well-used names that are not widely in use these days. For your son, I give you Oscar Jude - a perfectly ordinary, unique name.

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