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The Trouble with Two First Names

I want to give my son two first names, James Michael. Both names are significant because they are the names of my fiancé's and my older brothers that have both passed away. So we think it's sweet to name our son after our brothers. I was just wondering how two first names work. Do I need a middle name as well or can you drop a middle name all together?

–It Takes Two

The Name Lady sees a lot of confusion about Juniors, and that's with a fairly well established tradition to follow. When it comes to the double first name, the waters are even murkier, especially for boys. The good news is that almost anything goes. The bad news is that, well, almost anything goes, so how are you supposed to decide?

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Newlyweds Aaron Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood Double Up Their Names

Newlyweds Aaron Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood Double Up Their Names

Actor Aaron Johnson (best known for Kickass) and director fiancée Sam Taylor-Wood married last week, reports PEOPLE. The English couple has two young daughters together—the fantastically named Romy Hero  and Wylda Rae Johnson--and are taking the uncommon step of sharing a hyphenated surname which will be Taylor-Johnson.

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Are There Rules for Double-Barreled Names?

I'm seriously considering a double-barrel first name for a daughter. I have been poring over the internet for the best way to write it: hyphen, just a space, no space but two capital letters? I have read that French names use a hyphen, but Southern U.S. names do not. But I live in Pennsylvania! Is there a rule I can follow so I know I am doing it properly?
- Double-Barreled Mom

Dear Mom,

I'm happy to tell you that propriety isn’t an issue. When it comes to punctuating double-barrel names, the U.S. is an anything goes kind of place. Every approach to doubling is used and approved, so you can’t get it wrong. This is great news for creativity and flexibility, but bad news for decision making.  Never fear, though. With attention to the practical over the proper, you can work out some rough guidelines.

 First, let’s talk about why hyphens are so handy.

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Seth Green Shortens Up His Name

Seth Green Shortens Up His Name

Seth Green is officially a little shorter... in the name department.

The Robot Chicken mastermind, who has had acting roles in Austin Powers and TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was granted a name change on Thursday. Born Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green, he is dropping Gesshel so that his real name and stage name are one and the same.

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