Cool Middle Names

Hello, cool middle names, and bye-bye to the bland connectives of generations past, the ubiquitous Ann that almost sounded like and, because the middle name has now taken on a much more active part in the naming process. It's a place to honor the family, be creative or whimsical, use a name you're not quite brave enough to try as a first. Here, some cool middle names, most of them best for girls.
  • Lark

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Lark is getting some new and well-deserved attention as a post-Robin and Raven bird name. Although it was first recorded as a name in the 1830's, it has never appeared on the Social Security list.... Read More 

  • Lil

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    Spunky old vaudeville era nickname name suddenly sounds new again. Read More 

  • Liv

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    The fame of actress and Aerosmith daughter Liv Tyler helped to infuse life into this short but solid Scandinavian name that was chosen for her daughter by Julianne Moore. It was on the rise in... Read More 

  • Lux

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    This name of a character played by Kirsten Dunst in the movie Virgin Suicides, originally a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, is gaining attention, also thanks to the heroine Lux, Lady of... Read More 

  • Maeve

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    Maeve is a short and sweet legendary ancient Irish queen's name that is now finding well-deserved favor here -- and would make an excellent first or middle name choice, with more character and... Read More 

  • Maize

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Would be more appealing if so many similar names -- Maisie, Maeve, May -- weren't even better. And then there's the corn connection.Read More 

  • Mame

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    Has a dotty, antic feel via dotty, antic Auntie Mame. Read More 

  • March

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Along with August, March is one of the few month names available to boys; this brisk single-syllable name might be worth considering as either a first or middle option. As a surname, it brings... Read More 

  • Mauve

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    Mauve is an offbeat color name whose soft and sentimental Victorian spirit is conveyed by the name. One of the newer color names like Blue, Gray and Plum — that are increasingly being used... Read More 

  • Max

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Max was transformed from cigar-chomping grandpa to rosy-cheeked baby in the 1980s, along with card-playing partners Sam and Jake.

    Never quite as popular as it seemed, Max is now, at... Read More 

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