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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  • Pax

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    Pax, one of the variations of names meaning peace that are newly popular in these less-than-peaceful times, got a lot of publicity when chosen by Brad & Angelina for their Vietnamese-born son.... Read More 

  • Peace

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    Peace may be an admirable sentiment to convey in a child's name, but the translated and thus more subtle versions, like Pax or Placido, work better. Read More 

  • Poet

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    A recently entered name on the roster, Poet was used for her daughter by Soleil Moon (Punky Brewster) Frye, who obviously appreciates the advantages of an unusual name. This is a possible middle... Read More 

  • Royal

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    Even less subtle than Duke or Earl, this name is leaping up the popularity charts, probably due in part to the hit Lorde song "Royals." It jumped from outside of the Top 1000 to Number 460 in just... Read More 

  • Serene

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  • Sincere

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    We are more than a bit surprised this name is as used as it is -- it reached Number 648 in the US rankings in 2016, falling only a few positions since the previous year. Read More 

  • Sky

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    Sky is an ambigender nature name that was first legitimized as the character of Sky Masterson in the 1950 musical Guys and Dolls, played in the film version by Marlon Brando. It's a name... Read More 

  • Sojourner

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    African-American and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth was born as Isabelle into slavery. She adopted her new name when she began traveling and preaching abolition in 1843. Sojourner is a... Read More 

  • Story

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    An imaginative choice with an uptempo Cory/Rory/Tori sound, perfect for the child of a writer — or anyone with a good story to tell. Story has been finding some appreciation among celebs... Read More 

  • Summer

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    The temperature is definitely rising for this popular seasonal name, which began being used in the seventies, and has been heard consistently ever since.

    Summers have popped up all... Read More 

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