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.
  • Muse

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Remember, the Muse is passive: someone else's inspiration. Read More 

  • Neal

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Dated for boys, but strong and straightforward for girls.Read More 

  • Neve

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Introduced to the American public by actress Neve Campbell; it was her Dutch-born mother's maiden name. Neve is an interesting and fresh new possibility, one which Conan O'Brien chose for his... Read More 

  • Pax

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Pax, one of the variations of names meaning peace that are newly popular in these less-than-peaceful times, got a lot of publicity when chosen by Brad & Angelina for their Vietnamese-born son.... Read More 

  • Paz

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Paz, currently represented by actresses Paz Vega and Paz de la Huerts, would make a sparkling middle name choice. It originated as a title of the Virgin Mary -- Our Lady of Peace.

    Pazia... Read More 

  • Pearl

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Pearl, like Ruby, has begun to be polished up for a new generation of fashionable children after a century of jewellery box storage. The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl could also make a... Read More 

  • Pine

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Worthy sibling for Oak, Elm, Juniper, and Spruce.Read More 

  • Plum

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    British-born novelist Plum Sykes has taken this rich, fruity name out of the produce section and put it into the baby name basket. It's more appealing than Apple, more presentable than Peaches.... Read More 

  • Poe

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    An evocative unisex one-syllable name, Poe is most distinguished by its literary reference. Edgar Allan Poe was an influential American author and poet, credited with inventing the genres of... Read More 

  • Rain

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Among a small shower of rain-related names, this pure version can have a cool, refreshing image.

    Richard Pryor named his now-grown daughter Rain, and Rain is also one of the... Read More 

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