Coolest Middle Names For Boys

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    • Amelie
      • Origin:

        French variation of Amelia
      • Meaning:

        "work"
      • Description:

        Emily gets a Bohemian spin and a French accent when it becomes Amelie. This favorite among French girl names has been gaining notice here thanks to the charming 2001 French film Amelie; it entered the American popularity list in 2002 and is now solidly established in the Top 1000.
    • Anders
      • Origin:

        Scandinavian variation of Andrew
      • Meaning:

        "strong and manly"
      • Description:

        Friendly, unusual, but a decidedly Old Country version of Andrew and one of the classic Scandinavian names. It made a brief appearance in the US Top 1000 in 2006 and then reentered in 2010. Its rising popularity could be attributed to the interest in Anderson, which has been gaining steadily over the last fifteen years.

        Trivia tidbits: The patronymic Andersson is the second most popular surname in Sweden, and in Denmark, Donald Duck is called Anders.

    • Anderson
      • Origin:

        English from Scandinavian
      • Meaning:

        "son of Anders"
      • Description:

        Anderson shot up quite a bit on the popular names list in the 2000's, no doubt in large part due to the prominence of white-haired cable newsman Anderson Cooper. Perhaps surprisingly though, Anderson was even higher on the list in 1880. Actress Edie Falco named her son Anderson in 2005. Though there haven't been many first-named Anderson namesakes, there have been countless notables bearing the surname, including Hans Christian, Marian, Maxwell, Sherwood, Gillian, Laurie, and Pamela.
    • Bronson
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "son of brown-haired one"
      • Description:

        This surname has a modern yet old New England feel, perhaps because of the association with the transcendental teacher and reformer Bronson (born Amos Bronson) Alcott, father of Louisa May. (One-time sitcom star Bronson Pinchot's full name is Bronson Alcott Pinchot.) A more muscular image comes via tough guy Charles Bronson.
    • Colt
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Meaning:

        "young horse"
      • Description:

        Colt is the kind of unconventionally macho name that is so trendy right now, because of or in spite of its association with horses and guns.
    • Colton
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "from the coal or dark town"
      • Description:

        Colton is a trendy two-syllable choice, with the popular 'on/en' ending.
    • Cross
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "cross"
      • Description:

        Evocative word name that's refreshingly straightforward. Overtones of Christianity and penalty. More subtle option: Cruz.
    • Dawson
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "son of David"
      • Description:

        Dawson was scarcely heard as a first name before the debut of Dawson's Creek in 1998, at which point it leaped up more than 550 places in one year. The character Dawson Leery, played by James Van Der Beek, was a teen favorite until the show's demise in 2003.
    • Easton
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "east-facing place"
      • Description:

        Easton is a stylish Ivy League-ish place and surname name, more modern than Weston, on its way up for both sexes as part of the new direction baby names are taking, as in North and West. Easton was used for her son by Jenna Elfman--and by Elizabeth Rohm for her daughter.
    • Gabriel
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "God is my strength"
      • Description:

        Gabriel has become a biblical favorite, an angelic choice that's lighter and less patriarchal than some of his Old Testament brethren. Derived from the Hebrew name Gavri’el, Gabriel is taken from the elements gever, meaning "strong," and ’el, in reference to God.
    • Garrison
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "son of Garret"
      • Description:

        As Harrison is to Harry, Garrison is to Gary: both of the longer versions sound more modern and appealing. NPR's Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor was born Gary.
    • Gideon
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "hewer; or, having a stump for a hand"
      • Description:

        Gideon is a no-longer neglected Old Testament name, but still makes an excellent choice for parents looking to move beyond such overused biblicals as Benjamin and Jacob. In the Old Testament, Gideon was a judge called on by God to rescue the Jews from the Midianites, and the name was popular among the Puritans.
    • Grey
      • Origin:

        Color name
      • Description:

        The girls have Violet and Scarlet and Ruby and Rose, but for the boys there's a much more limited palette of color names. Grey/Gray is one exception, which could make for a soft and evocative—if slightly somber—choice, especially in the middle. Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney named their son Leo Grey.
    • Greyson
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "son of the steward"
      • Description:

        Greyson and Grayson, nephews of Jason, are both on the fast track. Both variations have made their way all the way up to the Top 100 since 2016. Gray/Grey makes a nice nickname. The name of the child in The Nanny Diaries is Grayer, and actor Tyler Christopher opted for the unusual spelling of Greysun for his son. Some parents are considering Grayson -- or Gracen or Gracyn -- for girls as an androgynous spin on Grace.
    • Jagger
      • Origin:

        English occupational name
      • Meaning:

        "carter"
      • Description:

        Jagger is a swaggering Rolling Stone of a name that's been picked up by a number of fellow celebs, including Lindsay Davenport and Brett Scallions--while Soleil Moon Frye pulled a gender switch when she bestowed it on her daughter. It's edgy with a touch of danger.
    • Jet
      • Origin:

        Mineral and word name
      • Description:

        This super-charged variation of Jett is on the rise -- along with the unlikely newcomer Jetson.
    • Jude
      • Origin:

        Latin diminutive of Judah
      • Meaning:

        "praised"
      • Description:

        Jude is a modern star, maintaining a steady level of popularity -- but not TOO much popularity -- for more than a decade now. Thank Jude Law and the great Lennon-McCartney song "Hey Jude", double-handedly responsible for propelling Jude up the charts.
    • Kingsley
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "king's meadow"
      • Description:

        Kingsley is a sophisticated Harry Potter name that entered the US Top 1000 in 2013.
    • Kingston
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "king's town"
      • Description:

        Chosen for their first son by musical couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, this Jamaican place and elegant British surname also boasts the more regal yet user-friendly short form, King.