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.
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  • Karma

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    Some parents, including rapper Ludacris, are literally bestowing good karma on their children, but we think it should be saved for babies being raised in an ashram. Read More 

  • Kismet

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    The next Destiny? Kismet seems like it might be fated for increased use. Read More 

  • Legend

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    Legend joins cousins Story, Saga and Fable in the baby name pantheon of narrative words. Unlike Story and Fable, however, Legend comes with additional weight, being used for fame ("living... Read More 

  • Lyric

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    A musical name with Greek roots that is given to about one thousand babies a year, appealing to parents who like such other names as Harmony, Melody, and Cadence. Read More 

  • Mercy

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    The quality of mercy makes this lovely Puritan virtue name undervalued today. Although it was most popular in the late nineteenth century, Mercy is on its way to a comeback -- it rose 143 spots... Read More 

  • Noble

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    With parents beginning to show an interest in virtue names for boys, this Puritan favorite just might be revived, for what could be more admirable than nobility in terms of having strength of... Read More 

  • Ocean

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  • Patience

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    Patience is a passive virtue turned engaging name, fresher than Hope, Faith, or even Charity. Its resemblance to the trendy Payton may be one reason for its recent spike in popularity. ... Read More 

  • Pax

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    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 

  • Peace

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    Peace may be an admirable sentiment to convey in a child's name, but the translated and thus more subtle versions, like Pax or Placido, work better. Read More 

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