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.
To bring you some new ideas, we’ve mined those areas to come up with 100 fresh choices. Here they are:
Animal and Nature Names
Which group or individual name would you be most likely to use?
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on 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.
on November 20th, 2012 at 10:06 am
I would use family names in the MN spot, and I also like geography names.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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!
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