I think the really short names people pick for middle names are not bad, they may or may not have meaning to anyone. They all do a pretty good job of setting off the names they go with. [name]Isabella[/name] [name]Grace[/name]. Easy. Done. I think the [name]Grace[/name] and [name]Rose[/name] and [name]Claire[/name] names seem to resonate with people as a beautiful, if boring, safe, choice, as continuing in the tradition of [name]Ann[/name] and [name]Lee[/name] and [name]Lynn[/name]. A lot of those old short names sound good when paired with the first name as a 2-name first name, [name]Barbara[/name] [name]Ann[/name], [name]Deborah[/name] [name]Lynn[/name]. Think about how many first names are popular because they include [name]Ann[/name] and [name]Lee[/name] and [name]Lynn[/name] (or -ana, -ley/-leigh/ or -line). [name]Madeline[/name] [name]Rose[/name]. [name]Juliana[/name] [name]Claire[/name]. [name]Rose[/name] is a beautiful flower, [name]Grace[/name] maybe because of religious reasons or they just think it’s pretty. Hardly anyone uses [name]Rose[/name] for a first name, why? [name]Rose[/name]=#344 in popularity last year! It is a formulaic name with at least some deeper meaning and imagery for some people… I think that’s why they are so popular, they always sound nice, and they are uncomplicated breaks between the first and last name. It’s easy to make a name sound better this way, so much they are used and over-used.
I don’t know why that’s harsh, but people who like names are always going to be bored with what “everyone” does, seemingly without investigation into ALL THE OTHER NAMES. There are so many possibilities, these choices just seem unimaginative, careless? even. [name]How[/name] can anyone not care?? Ha ha. It’s so important to some people that this name is carefully crafted out of a meaningful and beautiful stack of names, that when someone just likes [name]Grace[/name] for a middle name, it sounds nice, let’s write it down, I’m sorry, but it’s not judgmental really. It’s a horror! I’m laughing, I’m joking. These names make people yawn because it indicates a formula and not the kind of fun we all have hunting for names - we are here, hunting for ourselves and helping others hunt for a name, not “just a name.” There are thousands of possibilities, how can you just stop looking?
Let’s not forget a lot of people do find these more meaningful and carefully chosen or traditional (glad I don’t have that problem), and they are handy at fitting in with nearly any name; I am a big fan of honoring family even at the choice of a clich” if you have to. I myself have enjoyed a lifetime of a very special middle name, it was horrible and embarrassing when I was younger, but I feel like it is a secret detail that’s interesting to share with people. There are conversations we’ve all had where someone asks what your middle name is, and I’m glad to have an interesting answer to that. Sorry, I don’t want to tell people on the internet.