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Baby Name Dilemma: A Wild Middle Name Request!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

We all know fanboys and fangirls who picked a baby name based on a favorite character (heck, that explains a lot of the Isabellas and Bellas out there, am I right?). But reader Meghan’s husband is taking his superhero love a little too far with his baby name pick:

My husband and I are expecting our first son after three girls. He is very excited, and I agreed to allow him to name the boy, but now I have some serious concerns for my son’s future, because the middle name he has chosen could lead to him getting picked on. My husband (named Steven Rogers) would like to name his son Steven Rogers as well, because he likes that he shares a name with a superhero (Captain America). That I was fine with, but he would like his middle name to be “The Great.” At first I thought he was kidding, but he is not. I was hoping you might have some alternative suggestions I could offer him that he might enjoy as much, but that would not neccessary lead to my son being picked on, or me having to listen to negative feedback from my relatives. He wants a strong/fun name. Any recommendations?

You kind of have to respect your husband’s dedication to his favorite comic book hero—but I think adding in “The Great” as a middle name may take it a little bit too far. (Okay, a LOT too far.)

Maybe he’d be happy with a name that actually means great? Some options: Magnus, Maximilian and Tai. Or maybe he could pick a virtue name? Consider Valor, Brave, Hero, Honor, or Justice. Or what about a name that means brave? Some ones to consider: Everett (love it with Steven), Hardy, or Wyatt.

Maybe he’d be keen to pick another member of S.H.I.E.L.D. to pay homage to—like Nick Fury or Tony Stark? (It’s still a little out there, but Steven Fury Rogers is cooler than Steven The Great Rogers.) Or is there another superhero he could honor? Some cool options that work with Steven Rogers: Kent (a la Superman’s alter ego), Bruce (Batman), Xavier (X-Men’s Professor X), or heck, even Lex to showcase your son’s dark side.

Since Steven Rogers is a family name, consider looking for a middle within your families. Maybe your father’s or grandfather’s name could stand in the middle spot.

If you lose the battle, at least it’s just the middle name, which you and your child can choose to ignore on all but the most official documents. Good luck!

Tell us: Did you pick a pop culture name for your kiddo? And would you let your husband give your son a middle name like “The Great”?

If you’re still looking for a great name, try our Baby Name Finder—or send your dilemma to me at And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

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Weirdest Baby Names of 2013

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Celebs may have picked offbeat monikers like North West and Rainbow Aurora for their kids, but they aren’t the only ones who chose oddly—at least if the survey by Baby Center is to be believed. They’ve come up with their list of the most unusual names of 2013, which included options like Cheese, Hurricane and Panda for boys—and Feline, Fairy and Chevy for girls.

But even among these offbeat choices, there were a few gems that even I would consider for my kids. Blue was among the girls’ choices—and I’m honestly surprised that hasn’t caught on as much, with Beyonce and Jay-Z handing that moniker to their own daughter. I probably wouldn’t put it in the primo slot, but I think Blue makes a lovely middle name. Also among their “offbeat” choices is Trixie, which is an old-school nickname for Beatrice. I’m loving it as part of the whole nickname-as-name trend. And Tulip makes a pretty and unexpected choice of floral name.

The boys’ names included Finch, an interesting tweak on the “Finn” trend—and a bird name. Ripley and Holmes are cool surname names for boys—love the idea of the nickname Ripper for a boy in homage to Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s heroic Watcher Rupert Giles. And while Stetson would seem a little weird for my East Coast crew, I think it’s a pretty awesome name for a young cowboy-to-be.

What’s the weirdest baby name you’ve heard this year? Do any of the offbeat choices sound like something you’d consider?

If you’re still looking for a great name for your son or daughter, check out our Baby Name Finder. You can also catch my picks for the most intriguing pop culture names of the year—and my predictions for the hot names of 2014.

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Modern Family’s Latest Baby: Fulgencio???

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Modern Family CastWe finally discovered the name of the newest addition to the Pritchett clan on Modern Family—and it’s a doozy. Fulgencio Joseph Pritchett is Gloria and Jay’s new son, a compromise between Gloria’s family tradition (Fulgencio was the name of Gloria’s father and grandfather), and Jay’s desires not to give his kid a name that would provoke teasing.

Fulgencio is a real name—it’s from Latin originally, and it means brilliant and shining. Joseph, the middle name, fits perfectly with Jay’s choices for his older kids, Mitchell and Claire. (No concerns about teasing there!) It’s a classic name that means “Jehovah increases,” and has topped the boys’ name chart for nearly a century and a half.

Jay’s already intimated that he’s not ever going to call their child Fulgencio—which makes that middle name even more important. (And there are plenty of people who use their middle name in daily life—including a few in my family.)

What do you think of Gloria and Jay’s choice? Would you be willing to make that sort of compromise for a family tradition—or would you hold your ground if you thought the name was a clunker?

Image: Modern Family cast via Featureflash /

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