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Dierks Bentley's Middle Name Debate

Dierks Bentley's Middle Name Debate
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Country signer Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy, welcomed son Knox Bentley in October.  Knox is the younger brother of Evalyn Day Bentley and Jordan Catherine Bentley

A naming icon himself, pegged as one of the inspirations for the Fastest Rising Baby Name of 2010, Bentley and wife Cassidy continued to be trendsetters, going with a trendy XO name that first made waves when Knox Jolie-Pitt was born in 2008, when the name was outside of the top 1000 names.  By 2012, in just four short years, the name Knox has risen to be 368th in popularity in the United States.

Bentley recently talked with PEOPLE about how he and wife Cassidy decided on Knox's name, and why they aren't done naming him yet, as little Knox Bentley still doesn't have a middle name!  Dierks tells PEOPLE, "My wife and I liked the name [Knox]. It’s simple — my name’s one syllable. It just popped up and we stuck with it,” Bentley explains. “We’re working on the middle name — still working on it. We turned the paperwork in as just Knox Bentley, but soon enough … “

While middle names aren't always important (see Baby Name Wizard Laura Wattenberg's experience with her own middle name here), they often feel vital when faced with the stress of naming a new baby.

Are you surprised that Dierks Bentley and his wife are content with taking their time to choose a middle name?  Have you ever had a middle name dilemma of your own?  Do you have any suggestions for middle names for baby Knox?



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November 13, 2013 4:29 PM
By Stephanie (not verified)

I like Knox as a name. Middle names aren't super important but they might be more important with less traditionally named babies. It gives those kids when they grow up more options, I think. Most names will sound good with such a short first name though- Knox Thomas or maybe Knox Robert comes to mind, a more traditional name in the middle (like their daughters).

November 14, 2013 9:56 PM
By máy tập cơ bụng (not verified)

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November 17, 2013 2:59 PM
By BL (not verified)

All these years after Knox Jolie-Pitt and I'm still not on board with that name. It does fit with dad's name but so not my style. I think they can skip the middle name.

November 19, 2013 4:21 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Knox has some special meaning in Tennessee, as evidenced by Knox County and Knoxville, named for General Henry Knox, the first United States Secretary of War.

For a middle name, I would choose a three syllable name from family history, from a hero, or... something like that.

November 26, 2013 10:20 PM
By vitana (not verified)

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November 26, 2013 10:22 PM
By nam lim xanh chua beng tai bien mach mau nao (not verified)

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