Middle Names: 100 fresh choices

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:

Nickname Names

Annie

Art

Billy

Bobby

Buddy

Buster

Coco

Davey

Dot

Duke

Hal

Hank

Jack

Joe

Johnny

Kate

Lil

Liz

Lou

Minnie

Ned

Ray

Rosie

Tom

Vic

Animal and Nature Names

Bay

Bear

Bird

Cloud

Fleur

Fox

Frost

Hawk

Lake

Lark

Lynx

Maple

North

Oak

Ocean

Pike

Pine

Puma

Rain

River

Salmon

Sky

Snow

Willow

Wolf

Wren

Hero names

Austen

Baldwin

Beckham

Booker

Bronte

Chanel

Darcy

Edison

Ellington

Eyre

Hawthorne

Holliday

Homer

Keats

Kennedy

King

Mailer

Monroe

Nouvel

Picasso

Poe

Presley

Stowe

Tennyson

Thelonious

Twain

Ulysses

Yeats

Inspirational Names

Answer

Arcadia

Cruz

Dream

Ever

Faith

Hope

Infinity

Justice

Karma

Kismet

Love

New

Noble

Pax

Peace

Promise

True

Trust

Truth

Zen

Which group or individual name would you be most likely to use?

Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

comments

11 Responses to “Middle Names: 100 fresh choices”

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Maerad Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 7:58 am

I’m afraid none of my middle name choices are that different, although they do have meaning.

I might contemplate giving a little girl the mn Idgie (Ih-djee) because it’s the nickname of my closest friend, but there are so many other ways of honouring her I’m not sure if her nickname in the middle name slot is quite enough!

Love a lot of the animal names though, and the hero ones.

dresdendoll Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 10:06 am

I would use family names in the MN spot, and I also like geography names.

maggiemary Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 11:09 am

I think I’d most likely use hero type names. I know of a couple who have given their baby boy (born last week) the middle name Shakespeare (first name NOT William). It really works.

jroflo Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 11:31 am

Of these categories, hero names for sure. I want my kids to have meaningful first and middle names, so family names, names of heroes, etc. all work there. The middle spot is particularly great for unusual hero names, family names, etc. that we want to use but couldn’t imagine saying every day.

GrecianErn Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I’m a firm believer in having an uncommon first name… but it has to be a name. That being said, I really like having family names for middle names – a not-so-subtle way to honor someone without having it be obvious to anyone outside of your circle. If I had to choose from this list, it would be heroes or nature.

Though I love the name Gage for a middle… and the only thing it reminds my family of is the movie “Pet Symetary.” so, yeah… I don’t know.

Aurra Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I don’t like one many one syllable names for the MN slot, because it has a tendency to feel filler-y. But, many of my MN choices are literary. For example, I love Max for a girl (but hate Maxine and Maxima), partly due to my fondness of the Maximum Ride book series. Rue would also make a great MN choice, but probably wouldn’t bode so well as a first name.

I also use family names in the MN slot. I have Alanna Kelly and Joshua Mitchell on my list- their MNs are my mom and brother’s first names. My first name is my grandmother’s maiden name, and my middle is my aunt’s first name, so it is a tradition to use family names.

mayday_fridaybabe Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I like the inspirational ones the most. I would definitely use Faith, hope, kismet, zen and ever. Maybe even Love.

strawberrytree Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

The only category I would consider would be hero names. Personally, I prefer to use family names in the middle name spot. No, they are sometimes not the most appealing choices, but I would rather my child have a family name than something that just sounded nice.

littlebrownpony Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

We used family names in the middle spot and I love the names we chose, but there are other middles I’ll never get to use that I love, too. Marlo, June or Rue for girls (all also family names, actually.) I also loved Abigail or Amelia for middles. Stephen would have been the middle if we’d had a second boy; other options would be Henry and Joseph (all family names.) And I love August for a middle for either a boy or a girl.

eslarsen Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

My in-laws used the hero names. My husband’s middle name is Tennyson, and his sisters’ middle names are Brooke (her full name is Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch) and Flannery.

We’ve personally used family names in the middle spot. The ones we’ve used so far are William and Irene, but other ones we’ve considered for future kids are James or Stuart for boys and Maye, Alice, or Susannah for girls.

Clpms0616 Says:

November 24th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I think the best nickname for the name (Sebastian) is “Cbass” It can be spelled many ways that’s just how it sounds it could be sebas 2!

leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.