People often ask if there are rules for picking a good middle name. Well, there are and there aren’t. There certainly are rules to follow if you merely want to get a name combination that sounds pleasing to the ear. However, it is okay to break some of these rules, especially if you are trying to choose a middle name that honors someone special, has a particular meaning, or would allow you to compromise with the child’s other parent.
Because of that, I prefer to think of these as general guidelines instead of rules, to be used when they are useful, but thoughtfully discarded when they are not. They take into account the rhythm of the names, the sounds within the names, and the names’ overall “feel.” So without further ado, here are my guidelines: (more…)