Middle Names for Boys

Middle names for boys are traditionally family names -- father's or grandfather's first name as an honorific, mother's maiden name, or perhaps a hero's name. These choices are typically used as middle names for boys.
  • Grey

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    The girls have Violet and Scarlet and Ruby and Rose, but for the boys there's a much more limited palette of color names. Grey/Gray is one exception, which could make for a soft and evocative—if... Read More 

  • Henry

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    Henry, after hovering around the latter half of the Top 100 for 35 years, is now at its highest point since World War II. Its stylishness has increased substantially to the point where in upmarket... Read More 

  • Jack

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    Jack was, until 2011 when he was unseated by Oliver, for years the Number 1 name in England and hit Number 40 last year, having returned to the Top 100 in 1996. Jack is a durable, cheery everyman... Read More 

  • James

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    James is one of the classic Anglo-Saxon names, a stalwart through the ages that is more popular -- and yes, stylish -- than ever today. It recently came out Number 1 in a poll of America's... Read More 

  • John

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    John reigned as the most popular of all boys' Christian names for 400 years, from the time the first Crusaders carried it back to Britain until the 1950s, at which point American baby namers... Read More 

  • Joseph

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    Joseph is one of the most classic names in American nomenclature, popular with parents from many ethnic backgrounds and having dual-religious appeal. In the Old Testament, Joseph is the 12th and... Read More 

  • Justice

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    Justice, one of the rare virtue names for boys, entered the popularity ranks in 1992, and has remained on the list ever since. Parents' search for names implying virtue has led to a mini-revival... Read More 

  • Kai

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    Kai is a strong, evocative, exotic multi-cultural name -- meaning "sea" in Hawaiian, "forgiveness" in Japanese, "willow tree" in Navajo, and "food" in Maori-- that packs a lot of power in its... Read More 

  • Lawrence

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    Lawrence has survived from Roman times, when Laurentium was a city noted for its laurel trees (the laurel is a symbol of wisdom and achievement). It was in the Top 50 from the 1890s through the... Read More 

  • Lee

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    A name that has a bit of a shouldn't-I-be-a-middle-name sound, though still in use as a first for both genders. Read More 

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