Baby Names Meant for the Middle
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
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on October 12th, 2015 at 5:16 am
I’ve been trying to convince my husband that Wolf or Winter would make good middles for our future boy, but he insists that they’re not real names! 😀
on October 12th, 2015 at 8:21 am
Tesla will never be a car name to me, all inventor. I prefer to use honor names for the middle. So, my family tree is better inspiration.
on October 12th, 2015 at 9:04 am
Our two boys have the middle names Fox and River. We wanted something less traditional in the middle spot.
on October 12th, 2015 at 10:10 pm
Super cool names! This is a great post!
on October 13th, 2015 at 9:07 am
Very creative. Having been on nameberry a while, some of these are old news to me. 😀 I’ve seen quite a few posts with Plum and Winter in the middle name spot.
on October 28th, 2015 at 1:53 pm
Augusta and Story are some of my favorite names ever!
on November 11th, 2015 at 1:50 am
100% with chi1127. My toddler is a Tesla with it as her first name drawn from Nikola Tesla.
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