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100 adorable middle names for your baby

Move over Rose!

Here are 99 additional middle names that are not only cute, but also perfectly suited to complement a child’s first name.

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What’s trending in the world of middle names?

Middle names provide parents with another baby name option. In many instances a middle name acts as a way to honour a family member and thus many middle names use traditional monikers such as Elizabeth, Mary, Louise, John and James.

However, a middle name also provides parents with the opportunity to have a little fun with their child’s name. Many parents will opt for a classic first name and then go with something a little out of the ordinary for their child’s middle name. But this is entirely up to you.

So what middle names do we love? And what are the middle name trends for the next generation? Here’s our ultimate guide to middle names:

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For the girls

Popular middle name choices

Let’s start with the names that have been around for generations and continue to be used. Why are they so popular? Because they offer an elegant connection between a first name and a surname. Here are the classic middle names that ooze with sophistication and style.

  • Rose
  • Lou
  • Jean
  • June
  • Lynn
  • Jane
  • Grace
  • Hope
  • Lee
  • Faith
  • Jade
  • Marie
  • Ann

The short ‘n sweet middle monikers

Middle names are often short and sweet because they complement the first name. Adding a one syllable name to a first name with two or three syllables provides a beautiful bounce to the surname. Here’s a few cute ones to consider:

  • Rae
  • Blu
  • Shae
  • Rue
  • Vi
  • Faye
  • Eve
  • Mae
  • Neve
  • Cleo
  • Jae
  • True
  • Joy

Gender-bending middle names

Another trend in middle name selection for girls is to go with a unisex name, one that may traditionally be reserved for males but can add a sense of ‘coolness’ when combined with an extra feminine first name. Try these ones on for size:

  • Jude
  • Ray
  • Bryn
  • Wyatt
  • Tyler
  • Cruz
  • Quinn
  • Chase
  • James
  • Leo
  • Blake

Nature-inspired middle names

Another trend in girls’ middle names is to look to the sky (and to the ground) for inspiration. Here are a few middle names inspired by the world around us that will brighten up your baby’s first name:

  • Winter
  • Dawn
  • Star
  • Sage
  • Wren
  • Moon
  • Skye
  • Pearl
  • Iris
  • Bee
  • Lake
  • Rain
  • Fern

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For the boys

Popular middle name selections

Like the girls, many male middle names honour a family member and tend to take on the traditional. Here are some of the classics:

  • James
  • Jack
  • Lee
  • Jay
  • Henry
  • Oliver
  • Matthew
  • Allan
  • William
  • Alexander

The short ‘n sweet middle monikers

Blend a solid first name and a strong surname with one of these catchy options:

  • Kai
  • Jai
  • Beck
  • Finn
  • Art
  • Mac
  • Ash
  • Cade
  • Rio
  • Ike
  • Cree
  • Ace
  • Jaz
  • Knox

Last names as middle names

Many parents are now looking for a name that bridges the generation gap, and opting for a surname or maiden name is a great way to do this, especially as a middle name. Here are a few of the many surnames that make excellent first name choices too:

  • Carter
  • Vaughn
  • West
  • Cash
  • King
  • Miller
  • Sawyer
  • Lewis
  • Cohen

Nature-inspired middle names

There’s something about a nature name that brings a whole new degree of awesomeness to a name. Many of these names make the hipster lists and while you might not be ready to use one for your child’s first name, they make great middle name choices too:

  • Fox
  • Reed
  • River
  • Night
  • Mars
  • Bear
  • Frost
  • Snow
  • Ocean
  • Rock
  • Hawk

Celebrity-inspired middle name choices

Of course, it’s not a baby name list without some input from celebrities. So here are a few that we wouldn’t mind stealing:

  • Cy
  • Flynn
  • Knute
  • Leon

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