Viral TikTok Nails The Art Of Southern Baby Names In The Best Way

The baby name rabbit hole goes a little deeper, all right. While the notion of giving a baby two first names (or with their first and middle names) isn’t new, there’s something fascinating about the art of “Southern double names for girls.” And we have this viral TikTok to thank for it.

Who doesn’t love unique baby names, amiright? Well, what could be more unusual than two first names? Or, better yet, two first names and two shortened nicknames too? If I lost you, I apologize. I’ll let Kendall here explain it to you.

He begins the video by assuring us that the “double name” art of the South is very real (as our Southern readers can no doubt confirm). On this TikTok, many of the names are shortened to become cuter double names—like “Elodie Jolene” becomes “Ellie Jo” and “Eleanora Elizabeth” can be shortened to “Nora Beth,” and so on.

But don’t worry, if the task of coming up with a double name that’s also shortened to a cute double-name nickname is too daunting, Kendall has a follow-up TikTok with double names that are perfect for more -daily use.

“Elementary teachers would kill me for this,” he joked in the first video. (As someone whose first name still has nine letters, I say…oh well! Sorry teachers!)

What are some double name that you have encountered? The editorial team here at Motherly compiled the following: Laura Beth, Mary Catherine, Ginna Claire, Laura Chase, Hannah Margaret, Anna Beth, Ava Mae, Avery Jane, Anna Claire, Laura Leigh, Lily Rose, Abby Jane , Emmy Lou, Katie Jean, and the list goes on.

Whether it’s your style or not, there’s just something about Southern baby names (double and singular) that roll off the tongue as sweet as honey.

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