By Sophie Kihm
We each have our own approach when it comes to middle naming. Whether it’s honor-names-only, quirky guilty pleasures, or next in line on your favorites list, most parents are subscribed to a particular attitude. But no matter what your style is when it comes to middle names, we could all use some inspiration every now and then. I’ve compiled a list of lists–all past posts from my blog that feature names that I think are especially suited for the middle spot.
Nature names are widely appealing, and they make up some of the most popular middle names. These lists offer many more options beyond Rose, and they might even take you in an unexpected direction (fruit and veggie names, anyone?)
Fruit and Vegetable Names:
Herbs and Spice Names
Squash and Pumpkin Names
My favorite middles: Cocozelle, Kuri, and Valenciano
Unexpected Flower Names
If you’re a fairly cautious namer, there’s no better place for an out-of-the-box name than the middle. Out-of-the-Box Names are free-spirited and whimsical, and–in my opinion–make the cutest middle names.
My favorite middles: Kodak, Leica, and Olympus
Car Inspired Names
Fashion Trends as Names
My favorite middles: Chevron, Dot, and Peplum
My favorite middles: Gingham, Grain, and Tartan
Royalty Inspired Names
Perhaps the most enduring middle name trend is virtue names. Nowadays we see plenty of girls with Grace in the middle, though in the past picks like Joy, Faith, and Hope were also popular. These lists offer some more modern choices.
Modern Virtue Names for Girls
Modern Virtue Names for Boys
My favorite middles: Candor, Reason, and Zeal
Like out-of-the-box names, word names can be very playful when used in the middle. They range from conservative to offbeat, but I think all of them are delightful.
State Capital Names