Is One Middle Name One Name Too Few?

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Have you noticed the recent trend in celebrity baby naming? Suddenly the traditional first, middle and last has morphed into first, middle, middle, last. When and why did this start? Is one middle name no longer enough? At the time of our blog The Garner-Afflecks Welcome Girl #2, Ben and Jen had not picked out a name. But as of Jan. 13, they released it to the media and you guessed it- two middle names! Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck.

Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell named their two new bundles of joy Dolly Rebecca Rose O'Connell and Charlie Tamara Tulip O'Connell while Lisa Bonet named her new baby boy (arrived Dec. 15) Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. While this name definitely fits into the topic of multiple middle names, it would also fall under "what the heck?"... but that's another blog for another time.

A few others that will never be able to use a traditional monogram? Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's baby Zuma Nesta Rock. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden's baby girl, Harlow Winter Kate. Soleil Moon Frye's daughter Jagger Joseph Blue. And I'm sure the list goes on.

While this isn't entirely a new trend (Garth Brooks named one of his daughters Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks back in 1992 and both of Will Smith and Jada Pinket-Smith's children have double middles, Willow Camille Reign and Jaden Christopher Syre), it does seem to be the new norm rather than the exception in celebrity baby naming. And you know what that means? We'll probably be seeing a surge of babies in the non-celebrity world with four names! Will you follow the trend or stick with tradition?


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