Middle Names with Meaning

The meanings of names in middle place have become important to more and more parents, as middle names are seen less as connective tissue and more as a way to invest extra meaning in your child's name. A middle name with strong personal meaning may be the name of a beloved friend or family member, a surname rescued from your family tree, or—in the case of the meaningful names here—a choice with an inspirational feel. Meaningful middle names for babies that do much more than bridge the first name and the last include our lists of middle names for girls and middle names for boys as well as our master list of more than 900 middle names of every type.

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  • Anchor

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    Plausible word name, denoting strength and stability. Read More 

  • Angel

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Angel is a perennial Hispanic boys’ name, but it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer that brought it into the Anglo-male camp, where it's now heard... Read More 

  • Answer

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    An implied spiritual meaning makes this a plausible new name. Read More 

  • Arcadia

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    Arcadia, a name for an unspoiled paradise, makes an attractive secular alternative to Nevaeh or Eden. For parents who want an unusual name with a friendlier nickname, Arcadia has the advantage of... Read More 

  • Aria

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    The light and airy Aria is an operatic choice moving quickly up the charts and also a current favorite on Nameberry. Aria entered the list in 2000 and has risen since then to the Top 25. Aria's... Read More 

  • Arrow

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    Words are not always easy to translate into baby names, but the implications of being straight and swift lend this one great potential as a name. It also has... Read More 

  • Atlantis

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    Mythical wonderland makes strong, evocative first name. Read More 

  • Ballad

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    Ballad could be the masculine answer to Aria. An obvious and cute nickname is Lad or Laddie.Read More 

  • Banjo

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    When actress Rachel Griffiths chose this highly unusual name for her son, many assumed it was a bizarre invention. But a noted Australian poet (Griffiths is an Aussie) is known by this name. Read More 

  • Bay

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    One of the most usable of the pleasant, newly adopted nature/water names (like Lake and Ocean), especially in middle position.

    There was a character named Bay Kennish on the show... Read More 

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