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Unique Middle Names You Didn't Even Know Were Names

Unique Middle Names You Didn't Even Know Were Names

Unique middle names today can be anything you want them to be. The last couple of years have seen celebrities use middle names that we didn’t even know could be names, such as Easy, Antarctica, Wildflower, and Zeppelin.

But it’s not just celebs and influencers doing it. Parents everywhere, including many of our own lovely readers (Berries), are using the middle name spot as a safe space to let their imagination and creativity run wild.

Quirky words as middle names are fun, and can balance out a more mainstream first name — think of the difference between Emily Rose and Emily Nightingale, or Thomas James versus Thomas Blaze — but they can stay hidden if needed. As they’ve been little-used as names before, they tend to be gender neutral names.

Be inspired by some of the best bold middle names from celebrities and Nameberry readers. We’ve left out the better-known ones, classics like Rose and modern favorites like Gray. We’re talking here about word names with wow factor. And of course, any of them could also be a first name, if you dare!

Animal and Bird Middle Names

Nowadays, several once-wild animal names and bird baby names like Wolf, Fox, Bear, and Wren have become, if not exactly common, no longer eyebrow-raising. But beyond these, there's a whole animal kingdom of possibility, from the cuddly to the ferocious.

Wildlife middle names used by real parents include...

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Scottie Bee (Allison Kuch & Isaac Rochell)

Mirabella Bunny (born on Easter Friday; Bryan Adams & Alicia Grimaldi)

Paige Cricket (Amy Locane & Mark Bovenizer)

Daisy Dove (Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom)

Scout Falcon & Ryder Falcon (Rodney & Rose Atkins, née Falcon)

Colette Koala (Macklemore & Tricia Davis)

Wesley Koy (Colleen Ballinger & Erik Stocklin)

Osian Lark Elliot (Milla Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson)

Jack Lion (Amy Lee & Josh Hartzler)

Ripley Nightingale (Kiley Casciano & Matthew Davis)

Elsie Otter and Charlie Wolf (Zooey Deschanel & Jacob Pechenik)

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Birdie Bee

Nikolai William Excalibur Crow

Oliver Dove

Wilhelmina Fawn

Jago Gregory Finch

Bruno Hummingbird

Peter Nightingale

Juniper Owl Owendell

Lyra Rosemary Rabbit

Zinnia Rhiannon Rook

Susannah Sparrow

Plant-Based Middle Names

Beyond well-used Rose, parents are now turning to fresh botanical names like Sage and Briar as middles (as well as first names). But some Berry parents have gone one step further, and we've seen many gorgeous flower and tree middle names over the years, as well as fruit and spice names good enough to eat. We also love gender-crossing nature names that are more common on girls, used for boys.

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Oscar Holly (Robin Tunney & Nicky Marmet)

Dorothy Lavender (Kiley Casciano & Matthew Davis)

Ida Lupine (Jenny Slate & Ben Shattuck)

Edith Pepper (Abby Elliott & Billy Kennedy)

Raddix Chloe Wildflower (Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden)

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Emmet Amaranth

Coraline Amaryllis Saffron

Norah Bloom

Pomeline Bluebell

Levi Cedar & Brynn Aspen

Oliviana Clove

Verity Eilidh Clover

Frost Cameron Evergreen

James Heather

Victor Huckleberry

Beatrice Cecily Lilac

McKinley Mahogany Ivy

Maria Marigold

Sabina Mayflower

Louise Mimosa

Larissa Orchid Celeste

Theodora Plum

Beatrice Sophie Primrose

Lee Sorrel

Vincent Thyme

Frida Tulip

Sylvie Wildrose

Rupert Willow

Color Middle Names

Gray (or Grey) and Blue have established themselves as stylish, flowing middle names. But there are plenty of other color names available — in fact, we'd love to see more on this list!

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Max Red (Casey Wilson & David Caspe)

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Finnick Black

Layla Blue

Gus Gold

Alfred Harley Green

Thomas Indigo James

Mabel Emilia Lavender

Adelaide Plum

Terms of Endearment Middle Names

If cute is your style, what could be cuter than using an affectionate nickname as a middle name? Sometimes these are in-utero nicknames that stuck, or they could be fortunate family surnames. In any case, they instantly make any name significantly more adorable.

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Poppy Honey Rosie & Daisy Boo Pamela (Jamie & Jools Oliver)

Mia Love (Robin Thicke & April Love)

Ivy Love (Daisy Lowe & Jordan Saul)

Legendary Love (Bre Tiesi & Nick Cannon)

Ruby Sweetheart (Tobey Maguire & Jennifer Meyer)

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Roscoe Buddy Isaac

Antonia Darling (her parents love Peter Pan)

Wilhelmina Darling Rachel (a family middle name)

Isabelle Honey

Royal Middle Names

Names with royal meanings like King and Royalty have risen from obscurity to become a huge trend, and Reign in particular is now a well-used middle name. Lil’ Kim probably helped to accelerate things when she named her daughter Royal Reign in 2014. Below are a few more celebrity examples from recent years.

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Ezekiel Czar (Tisha Campbell & Duane Martin)

Zillion Heir (Abby De La Rosa & Nick Cannon)

Jason King (Jena Frumes & Jason Derulo)

Amora Princess (Ciara & Russell Wilson)

Sienna Princess (Ciara Princess Harris & Russell Wilson)

Powerful Queen (Brittany Bell & Nick Cannon)

Outdoorsy Middle Names

Woodsy names that celebrate the great outdoors, like Wilder and Forrest, are a big trend right now. Beyond plant and tree names, these also include names inspired by weather and the sky, geographic features, and all things exploration and adventure. Here are some that work beautifully both with traditional and unusual first names.

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Levi Blaze (Sean Paul & Jodi “Jinx” Stewart Henriques)

Onyx Ice (LaNisha Cole & Nick Cannon)

Ode Mountain (Jena Malone & Ethan De Lorenzo)

Cypress Night (Jack Huston & Shannan Click)

Petal Blossom Rainbow (Jamie Oliver & Jools Oliver)

Zuma Nesta Rock (Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale)

Tupelo Storm (Riley Keough & Ben Smith-Peterson)

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Caspian Sage Adventure

Lorian Cloud

Rune Vala Evenstar

Rowan Frost

Tane Harbor

Emrys Ocean

Niko Flint & Devlin Quill

Sonata Lune & Mirella Soleil

Elowen Snow

Leo Stone

Leo Sylvanus

Venus Marigold Moon

Derek Night

Viggo Madsen North

Cora Sunshine

Aurora Tempest

Eero James Twilight

Dramatic, Creative Middle Names

If you're looking for a middle name that packs a punch, the combinations below prove that the only limit is your imagination. You could a word that's musical or mythical, a number or a vehicle, or something even more edgy.

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Exa Dark Sideræl (Grimes & Elon Musk)

Slim Easy (Nara Pellman & Lucky Blue Smith)

Slash Electric Alexander (Amber Rose & Alexander Edwards)

Beatrice Danger (Jess Weixler & Hamish Brocklebank)

Olympia Lightning (Kasi Bennett & Usain Bolt)

Rise Messiah (Brittany Bell & Nick Cannon)

Callum Michael Rebel (Jenna Dewan & Steve Kazee)

River Rocket Blue Dallas (Jamie & Jools Oliver)

Cashmere Saint (Cam Newton & Kia Proctor)

Harper Seven (Victoria & David Beckham)

Dakota Song (Brenda Song & Macaulay Culkin)

Lovely Symphani (Diamond & Chris Brown)

Rocky Thirteen (Kourtney Kardashian & Travis Barker)

Sunny Bebop (Michael “Flea” Balzary & Frankie Rayder)

Beautiful Zeppelin (Abby De La Rosa & Nick Cannon)

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Emerson Banjo

Eliza Hero

Felix Alistair Knight

Osiris Mercury James

Rosalind October

Noble Matthew Pendragon

Otis Spike Alan

Molly Maeve Tuesday

Irie Wednesday

Positive Middle Names

We love these unexpected pops of positivity in the middle name position, whether they're cozy and gentle, virtuous, or powerfully optimistic.

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Buddy Dessert (Brie Bella & Bryan Danielson)

Winter Mercy (Alanis Morissette & Mario "Souleye" Treadway)

Eureka Muse (Amanda Knox & Christopher Robinson)

Brooklyn Praise (Kendra & Joseph Duggar)

Lula Rosylea (Bryan Adams & Alicia Grimaldi)

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Morag Blessing

Lenora Bliss

Mai Ingrid Fable

Clementine Happy

Clementine Clara Honesty

Rosalee Honor

Zara Liberty

Light Alifair Loveday

Harriet Marvel

Josephine Myrtle Peace

Hugo Prosperity

Corinna Beatrice Truth

Violet Whimsy

Place Name Middle Names

Some place names for babies, like Brooklyn and Camden, are common enough not to raise any eyebrows. But if you're considering a place name that's rarer and more extravagant, whether it's a meaningful location or you just like the sound, the middle spot could be the perfect place for it.

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Lyra Antarctica (Cherry Seaborn & Ed Sheeran)

Champie Arizona (Ty Haney & Mark Wystrach)

Lillie Carolina (Lauren Akins & Thomas Rhett)

Grace Ethiopia (Maya Haile & Marcus Samuelsson)

Navy Rome (Jason Aldean & Brittany Kerr)

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Jasper Anduin

Mya Arizona

Beatrix Astoria

Eden Europa

Lucinda Galilee

Molly Louisiana

Bernadette Rome

Bluma Sicily

These unique middle names may seem eccentric now, but who knows, one of them could be the next Maverick and appear on a name rankings list – or playground – near you.

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About the Author

Clare Green

Clare Green

Clare Green has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, covering everything from names peaking right now to feminist baby names, and keeping up-to-date with international baby name rankings. Her work has featured in publications such as The Independent and HuffPost. Clare has a background in linguistics and librarianship, and recently completed an MA dissertation researching names in multilingual families. She lives in England with her husband and son. You can reach her at clare@nameberry.com