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Middle Names: 100 fresh choices

November 20, 2012 Pamela Redmond

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?

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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