Middle Names with Meaning

More and more parents want to choose middle names with meaning. That may be the name of a beloved friend or family member, a surname rescued from your family tree, or -- in the case of the meaningful names here -- a choice with an inspirational feel.
  • Dancer

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    A word name that's appealing when applied to a person boogying or doing ballet; a different story in the context of Santa's reindeer. Read More 

  • Dharma

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    In Buddhism, Dharma embodies the basic principles of cosmic existence--making it a fitting name for the hippyish character on the sitcom Dharma and Greg, whose middle name was Freedom. ... Read More 

  • Ever

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Ever is a name we first heard via the now grown-up Ever Carradine, daughter of Robert. It's a truly unusual and simple name with an evocative meaning. Milla Jovovich and Paul Anderson chose it for... Read More 

  • Free

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    In the 1970s, actors Barbara Hershey and David Carradine gave this name to their son...who later changed it to Tom. Read More 

  • Grace

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Grace is now just outside the Top 20, but who would have thought such a simple and pure virtue name as Grace, which originally referred to divine grace, could ever become trendy? Because that's... Read More 

  • Haven

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Haven is a recently invented safe-harbor name that appeals to an increasing number of parents who don't want to voyage quite as far as Heaven.

    Its choice by Jessica Alba for her second... Read More 

  • Holiday

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Free and fun name if you don't want to be pinned down to Noelle, Pasqua, or Valentine. Read More 

  • Hope

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Can a name as virtuous as Hope be cool and trendy? Strangely enough -- yes. But though this optimistic Puritan favorite is experiencing substantial popularity, Hope is too pure and elegant to be... Read More 

  • Jazz

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Jazz as a full name is used slightly more often for boys than girls and has a distinctive, well, jazzy feel. Jazz is also occasionally used as a nickname for Jasper, much more often for Jasmine... Read More 

  • Journey

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    One of the new word names, appealing to parents attracted to the idea of a spiritual -- or even an actual -- voyage. In 2010, it jumped 75 places, then another 49 in 2011, and now resides at... Read More 

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