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Bold Middle Names

June 3, 2013 Pamela Redmond
bold middle names

Bold middle names or meek middle names? When you ask the question that way, the answer seems obvious!

With middle names, one way — the more popular way — to go is to choose slim, sleek, minimal middle names.  Meaningful or simply connective, these one-syllable middle names provide a short euphonic bridge between the more important first and last names.

But middle names can go another way, toward big, important, bold middle names.

We’re talking multisyllabic, exotic, literary, artistic, mind-blowing, message-carrying middle names.

Names you love, but don’t want to stick your child with in first place.  Names that are too daring, too difficult, too attention-grabbing to foist upon someone you love.

And yet names that give weight and distinction to a simpler, more familiar first name, like Anna or James.  And who knows: If Anna or James grows up to want a bigger kind of name, they can elect to be called by their flashier middle names.  And meanwhile, they can hide those names if they want to.

Big middle names are usually ones that are chosen for very individual reasons: They may be family names or the names of mythical heroes or maybe much-loved choices your spouse has nixed.

But here are some ideas for big bold middle names you may want to consider:

Middle Names for Girls

Bold middle names for girls might come from mythology, great literature, or nature.

Circe

Fairuza

Guinevere

Hyacinth

Isolde

November

Olympia

Persephone

Portia

Sheherazade

Tempest

Theodosia

 

Middle Names for Boys

Bold boy names are often found In myth and legend, in the names of great heroes of the stage and literature. Word names or animal names can also make big brave middle names.

Aloysius

Gulliver

Hercules

Huckleberry

Iago

Kerouac

Napoleon

Socrates

Thelonius

Tiger

Ulysses

Is there a big middle name that you did or would 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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