As first names become more distinctive and more meaningful, middle names take on those qualities in spades. Anything goes when it comes to middle names now, and parents are looking far beyond the usual given names to find unusual choices.
Four prime sources for middle names: Diminutives such as Jack or Mimi that may honor a beloved friend or relative, nature or animal names, names of heroes of fact or fiction, and inspirational names.
To bring you some new ideas, we’ve mined those areas to come up with 100 fresh choices. Here they are: