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  • Mac Names

    Names that start with Mac or Mc are Irish or Scottish patronymics designating "son of." Of course, many of the most popular Mac names today, such as Mackenzie and McKenna, are usually given to girls. But there are a raft of lesser-used Mac names that work well for boys and lead to the adorable short form Mac. Here, a range of Mac names -- but one from your own family will work too.

  • Mad Men Names

    The hep, TV show Mad Men, set in JFK-era New York, got all the period details right, including the names. Are parents ready to adopt the show's now-quaint monikers as baby names? Maybe not quite yet, but don't be surprised if you have grandchildren named Don and Betty.

  • Magical Christmas Baby Names

    Names for Christmas babies can be drawn from many sources, from names that mean Christmas to figures associated with the magical holiday to symbols of Christmas and winter. The Christmas names here represent many origins and styles and include Christmas names for girls and boys as well as gender-neutral names with Christmas meanings. Names that mean blessed or holy, star or light, joy or peace might be considered Christmas names. Nature names related to snow or the trees and flowers of Christmas qualify, along with the names of the Holy Family, the angels and the Wise Men. If you're expecting a baby born during the end-of-year holidays, or simply want a name that connotes the magical season, consider this collection of Christmas baby names.

  • March Baby Names

    Names for March babies might be inspired by the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, which suggests names with Irish origins or green hues. Names related to March’s birthstone, Aquamarine, work nicely as March baby names, as do names connected to March’s birth flower, the daffodil. As it is the third month of the year, names linked to the number three would be fitting for a March baby. March marks the beginning of Spring, which offers a myriad of name possibilities. And since March is known to come in like a lion, a leonine name could be perfect for your early March babe. Take a look at these names if you are expecting a baby in March.

  • May Baby Names

    Names for babies born in May might be related to the signs of the zodiac of the month, Taurus and Gemini. Names connected to May’s birthstone, emerald, also work, as do those related to the birth flowers, Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn. May baby names can also include occupational names, which are related to the Memorial Day holiday. Since April showers bring May flowers, any floral name is fitting for a May baby. Notable namesakes connected to May are also a possibility. You may want to add these names to your list if you are naming a baby in May.

  • Mermaid Baby Names

    Mermaid baby names of myth and popular culture are a lovely group and may prove inspiration for your little water baby. See our blog for more on mermaid baby names.

  • Mexican Baby Names

    Mexican baby names are typically Spanish names along with names from indigenous Mexican cultures and languages, such as Nahuati, known historically as Aztec or Mayan, and Zapotec. Spanish baby names popular in Mexico differ from those most popular in the US, Spain, or South American countries, so we focus on the top Spanish names in Mexico on this list. Also, some of the top Mexican names derive from other languages and cultures, such as the Greek Andrea and the Hebrew Daniel. Baby names popular in Mexico include the following.

  • Midcentury Baby Names

    Midcentury furniture may be in, but midcentury baby names, not so much. These are the names of the Baby Boomers, new or about-to-be grandmas and grandpas of today, and their names feel middle-aged to young parents. Wait a generation or two, and given the hundred year rule, you might look for these midcentury names to make a comeback as baby names in the 2040s and 2050s.

  • Middle Names

    Middle names have become standard for babies, with one middle name the convention in the US though two middle names are becoming more usual following the example of the British royals and upper class. You might look to your baby's middle name as the place to use a unique name that feels too adventurous for first place, or a name that carries personal or family meaning. Middle names can be a way to honor extra family members or heroes, and a middle name can also be an adjunct surname.

    Along with Elizabeth and Henry, middle names currently in the US Top 1000 for first names include Arden, Belle, Bowie, Claire, Jude, Nash, Orion, and River. Currently, popular middle names include Grace, James, Louise, and William.

    While we include shorter lists of unique middle names and one-syllable middle names and middle names with meaning, this is our master list of possible middle names for babies -- though in reality the list is limited only by your imagination.

  • 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.

  • 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 Heaven or Justice are also up-and-coming. Along with Heaven and Justice, other baby girl middle names common as first names in the US Top 1000 include Elizabeth, India, June, Kennedy, Mercy, Nova, Pearl, and Tess. Middle names for baby girls that are more unique include Avalon, Dot, Holiday, and Plum. 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. For even more choices, browse our master list of Middle Names.

  • 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.

  • Mineral & Metal Baby Boy Names

    Mineral and metal baby boy names are hard-edged choices that impart a new brand of masculinity.

  • Modern Hero Baby Names

    Modern hero baby names might be inspired by stars of screen or sports or literature or politics. Modern hero names might also honor heroes and heroines of the past who still inspire us today. Cool modern hero names are usually surnames used as firsts, but they can be first names too, especially if they're distinctive. Here are some of the top modern hero baby names.

  • Most Common Names for Boys

    Common names are not the same as popular names: Common names are those most often found among the total population or for a certain period of time, as opposed to those popular for babies born in any one year. These are the 100 most common names for males in the US in the past century, with James at the top of the list, followed by John, Robert, Michael, and William. Some popular names for boys today, such as #1 Liam, don't yet make it onto the list of the century's most common male names. Over time, older names such as Gary and Eugene will pass away, to be replaced by names such as Aiden and Jackson given to so many baby boys today.

  • Most Common Names for Girls

    Common names are different from popular names as they denote names found most widely amongst the entire population, not just used for babies in a single year. Names most common for females in the US over the past century are listed here, with Mary claiming the top spot, followed by Patricia, Jennifer, Linda, and Elizabeth. Some of the top names for baby girls today, such Sophia and Isabella, don't quite make it onto the Most Common Names list yet, but as older names such as Doris and Joyce fade away, they'll be replaced by newer popular names such as Ava and Charlotte. These are the 100 most common girl names of the past century.

  • Most Popular Names for Dogs

    The top dog names today are also baby names. While there is no authoritative list by country of popular names for dogs, different organizations such as the American Kennel Club and locales like New York City keep their own lists of popular dogs names. While the dog names here appear in different order on different lists, here is our compilation of the 20 most popular names for dogs today.

  • Movie Character Names

    Movie character names may be the only names cooler than the names of the stars that play them. In fact, with the exception of Jack, which has long seemed to be the name of the male character in every other movie and TV adventure show, characters' names veer from the unusual to the outlandish. A few, such as Trinity from The Matrix, jumped right onto the popularity charts. These notable names from movies are perfect for the film buffs among us. If you’re a fan of all things cinematic, one of these names inspired by movies could be just right for your baby.

    For more ideas, check out our lists of TV Character Names and Celebrity-Inspired Baby Names.

  • Musical Baby Names

    Musical baby names can be soothing, lyrical, rhythmic, rousing, and melodious. There are musical names to suit everyone’s taste and genre preference, from classical music and opera to blues and rock-and-roll. Musical names are a branch of creative baby names that include musical terms such as Lyric and Tempo, as well as musical occupational names like Harper and Strummer.

    Along with Harper and Lyric, other musical baby names in the US Top 1000 include Aria, Cadence, Celeste, Harmony, Piper, and Reed. Musical instruments, though less popular as names than musical terms, make lovely middle names, including Banjo, Cello, Marimba, and Piano.

    Here, some musical names you might want to consider.

  • Musician Baby Names

    Since musicians invented the concept of cool, where better to look for baby name inspiration than to their own names? Musician baby names are a subset of celebrity-inspired baby names—the baby names here are drawn from both the first names and last names of well-known rockstars, crooners, and pop queens. For names inspired by the music itself, take a look at our list of musical baby names, and be sure to check out Fameberry for more celebrity baby names.

  • Mystical Names

    Mystical names summon figures of mythology and legend, of magic and mystery. The mystical names here hail from a range of different cultures and stories. Click on individual names for more information on what makes them mystical!

  • Mystical Names

    Mystical names summon figures of mythology and legend, of magic and mystery. The mystical names here hail from a range of different cultures and stories. Some names, such as Lilith and Phoenix, remain strongly tied to their myth of origin. Others, like Jason and Maya, are so far removed that many may be unaware they are mythological names.

    Along with Jason and Maya, other mystical names in the US Top 1000 include Bodhi, Cassandra, Cohen, Daphne, Finn, Gabriel, Thalia, and Veda. Baby names with general ties to mysticism and mythology include Hero, Rune, Saga, and Serendipity.

    For even more mystic baby names, check out our lists of Mythology Girl Names and Mythology Boy Names.

  • Mythology Boy Names

    Baby names inspired by myth and legend are on the rise, inspired by the use of mythological names for boys in the Hunger Games series. The pantheon of Greek and Roman deities, such as Orion and Apollo, and other figures from Irish, Norse, African, Hindu, and other myths and legends can provide an abundant source of audacious baby names, all combining deep history with not-heard-in-a-long-time freshness.

    Along with Orion and Apollo, other mythological boy names in the US Top 1000 include Arthur, Damon, Dylan, Finn, Jason, Jasper, Oscar, and Tristan. American parents most likely to choose names from European myths, but Asian and African countries have many gods with intriguing names, such as Kirin, and Shango, and Vishnu.

    Mythology names that might sound right for modern baby boys include the following. You might also want to consult our specialized lists of Roman God Names or Mythology Names for Girls.

  • Mythology Girl Names

    Mythology baby names for girls can impart both tradition and strength to a child. The pantheon of Greek and Roman deities, such as Athena and Luna, along with figures from Celtic, Irish, Norse, Hindu and other classic myths and legends can provide an abundant source of audacious options, all combining deep history with not-heard-in-a-long-time freshness.

    Along with Athena and Luna, other mythological girl names in the US Top 1000 include Aurora, Daphne, Iris, Lilith, Maeve, Maia, Penelope, and Phoebe. Norse and Hindu mythology names are less common among American parents, but offer such beautiful choices as Indira, Priya, and Signy.

    If you'd like to browse even more mythology names for girls, have a look at our lists of Roman Goddess Names and Greek Goddess Names.