Do these unusual middle names hint at the next big baby name trend?

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We were chatting in the office today about some friends and acquaintances who had given their kids’ really interesting and unusual middle names.

New-school middle names?

The names in question were Danger and Power … and it got us wondering if this was a brilliant new trend that we missed the memo on?

Perhaps new parents are steering away from traditional baby names?

Maybe they’re thinking “well if we get this extra name, let’s make it something surprising and amazing!”

We dug a little deeper and realised that while we’re noticing unusual middle names popping up in our circle, that they’ve been popping up elsewhere too. We also realised this unusual middle name thing is not a new movement.

That said, it looks like this practice is destined to be a fully-fledged trend.

Celebrity middle names

Lots of celebrities have really surprising middle names, so perhaps they are contributing to this trend.

For instance singer Billie Eilish’s middle names are Eilish Pirate Baird. Yep. Her surname is actually O’Connell.

Zach Galifianakis’ parents gave him the middle name Knight.

Singer Adele’s middle names are Laurie and Blue. The name Blue is becoming more and more popular, it should be noted.

Actor Kate Hudson’s middle name is Garry. Unusual in that it’s not a name often given to girls. Similarly, Demi Moore’s middle name is Gene.

And if we’re talking gents, James Corden’s middle name is Kimberley. Matt Damon’s middle name is Paige and Richard Gere’s middle name is Tiffany.

It’s a thing

So what about non-celebrities? Well, there are much more of those types of parents, so it’s fair to say that they are leading the interesting ‘power’ middle-name trend.

Parents on the popular forum Mumsnet have chatted about this very topic, and some of the less popular middle names they were impressed by include …

  1. Ace
  2. Cosmo
  3. Thor
  4. Mercury
  5. Blue
  6. Leaf
  7. Emerald
  8. Unity
  9. Ford
  10. Ocean
  11. Blossom
  12. Gatsby
  13. Valentine
  14. Jupiter
  15. Loveday
  16. Wolfgang
  17. Rainbow
  18. Maverick
  19. Rapunzel
  20. Gretel
  21. Atticus
  22. Hero
  23. Roman
  24. Jubilee
  25. Honesty
  26. Darwin
  27. Wilde
  28. Thor
  29. Swan
  30. Teija
  31. Drake
  32. Zinnia
  33. Sunshine
  34. Mazella
  35. Storm
  36. Juniper
  37. Storm
  38. Wren
  39. Modesty
  40. Jewel
  41. Midnight
  42. Opal
  43. Fox
  44. Banjo
  45. Aldous

Lots of excellent baby middle name fodder there … or you could simply flip open the regular old dictionary or thesaurus and start scanning!


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