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Middle Names for Boys

Middle names for boys are traditionally family names – father's or grandfather's first name as an honorific, mother's maiden name, or perhaps a first name or surname from further back in the family tree, such as Charles or Lennox. But increasingly, parents are looking to their son's middle name as a way to honor a hero, symbolize a passion, or indulge a taste for a more unusual name they may not want to put in first place. Along with Charles and Lennox, other baby boy middle names common as first names in the US Top 1000 include Atlas, Cash, Fox, Henry, Maverick, Orion, River, and Sam. Middle names for baby boys that are more unique include Bravery, Drummer, Lior, and Yale. More people are giving their baby boys two middle names, too, so one can be a family name and the other something more personal or fanciful. The names here are typically used as middle names for boys. For even more names that work in the middle, browse our master list of Middle Names.

  • Abacus

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    A mathematical possibility, but the odds are against it.Read More 

  • Acre

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    Acre feels at home with other modern, fresh word names like Rumor, Snow and Ace. But with the feeling of wide open spaces and nature, Acre also offers a softer, earthier tone that will appeal to... Read More 

  • Adair

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    Adair has flair, the grace of a Fred Astaire. It's a Scottish surname which came from the first name Edgar.

    In recent years, it has also been used for girls.Read More 

  • Akira

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    Akira is a popular Japanese name for both sexes that's migrated to the West because of its appearance in manga and video games. Akiro is a related name popular for boys.Read More 

  • Alexander

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    Alexander has been in the Top 25 since 1991. The noble Alexander has led to the popularity of so many spinoffs, such as Alex, Zander, Xan and Zan -- not to mention all the female versions -- that... Read More 

  • Almond

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    Almond may seem like a hippy modern name, but its use for American boys goes right back to the mid-nineteenth century.Read More 

  • Alp

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    This name has two possible derivations - in Turkish it means hero, in English it is used as a reference to mountains. Either offer a soaring option for a little boy.Read More 

  • Amadeus

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's middle name could make an interesting pick for music-loving parents--if only in middle place. Amadeus is the title of a Peter Shaffer play which became an... Read More 

  • Amen

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    Brother for Heaven or Nevaeh.Read More 

  • Anchor

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    Plausible word name, denoting strength and stability. Read More 

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