Middle Names with Meaning

The meanings of middle names have become important to more and more parents. 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. Middle names with meaning that do much more than bridge the first name and the last include the choices here.

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  • Chance

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    Once a cavalier Mississippi gambler type name, Chance has entered the mainstream since being endorsed by such celebrity dads as Larry King and Paul Hogan. It had been in the Top 250 every year... Read More 

  • Dancer

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    A word name that's appealing when applied to a person boogying or doing ballet; a different story in the context of Santa's reindeer. Read More 

  • Dharma

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    In Buddhism, Dharma embodies the basic principles of cosmic existence--making it a fitting name for the hippyish character on the sitcom Dharma and Greg, whose middle name was Freedom. ... Read More 

  • Ever

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    Ever is a name we first heard via the now grown-up Ever Carradine, daughter of Robert. It's a truly unusual and simple name with an evocative meaning. Milla Jovovich and Paul Anderson chose it for... Read More 

  • Free

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    In the 1970s, actors Barbara Hershey and David Carradine gave this name to their son...who later changed it to Tom. Read More 

  • Grace

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    Grace returned to the Top 20 in 2015 after three years hovering just below. Who would have thought such a simple and pure virtue name as Grace, which originally referred to divine grace, could... Read More 

  • Haven

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    Haven is a recently invented safe-harbor name that appeals to an increasing number of parents who don't want to voyage quite as far as Heaven.

    Its choice by Jessica Alba for her second... Read More 

  • Holiday

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    Free and fun name if you don't want to be pinned down to Noelle, Pasqua, or Valentine. Read More 

  • Hope

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    Can a name as virtuous as Hope be cool and trendy? Strangely enough -- yes. But though this optimistic Puritan favorite is experiencing substantial popularity, Hope is too pure and elegant to be... Read More 

  • Jazz

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    Jazz as a full name is used slightly more often for boys than girls and has a distinctive, well, jazzy feel. Jazz is also occasionally used as a nickname for Jasper, much more often for Jasmine... Read More 

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