Middle Names for Girls

Middle names for girls run the gamut from the traditional connecting names such as Rose and Lee to family surnames to new names carrying deep meaning. Many parents these days look to the middle as a place to put family names that might be too old-fashioned or unusual to use in first place. Middle names for girls that are surnames, boy names, or word names expressing some desirable quality such as True or Justice are also up-and-coming. Some parents turn to middle names as a way to honor heroines they want their daughters to emulate. Another trend is to use two or more middle names instead of just one. These middle names for girls typify a range of categories and styles.

  • Jane

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    No, we don't consider Jane too plain. In fact, for a venerable and short one-syllable name, we think it packs a surprising amount of punch, as compared to the related Jean and Joan.

    A... Read More 

  • Jean

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    Originally a feminine of John, Jean was popular in Scotland long before it found favor elsewhere, and had its most shining moment here in the era of Jean Harlow (born Harlean), ultimate symbol of... Read More 

  • Jo

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    Still evokes the spunky image of the character in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Read More 

  • Joan

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    Joan was the perfect name choice for one of the leading characters on Mad Men, being a quintessential girls' name of the period. A Top 10 name in the 30s, a Top 50 name from the 40s... Read More 

  • Joy

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    Joy is from an older generation of word names, which also included Merry, Bliss, and Glory -- all of which exert a certain amount of personality pressure on a child. One interesting name that... Read More 

  • June

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    June, a sweetly old-fashioned month name that was long locked in a time capsule with June Allyson (born Ella) and June Cleaver, may not be exactly busting out all over, but is definitely showing... Read More 

  • Justice

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    Justice is a fashionable word name, used for both girls and boys. Justice has the distinction of being a virtue name without the religious implications of Faith or Grace. It still feels more male... Read More 

  • Kate

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    Kate, in the headlines via Catherine Middleton, has been as pervasive as Kathy was in the 1950s and 1960s, both as a nickname for Katherine and Kaitlyn and as a strong, classic stand-alone name. ... Read More 

  • Kay

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    Kay, a cigarette-smoking, nightclubbing name of the 1930's, could be ready for a comeback along with cousins May/Mae and Ray/Rae.

    Kay has been out of sight since the mid-eighties, but... Read More 

  • Kennedy

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    This attractive surname name still projects that Kennedy family charisma. While it didn't come into widespread use until long after the deaths of martyred heroes President John F. or Senator... Read More 

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