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45 Middle Name Ideas Based on Baby Name Trends
It’s my belief that your baby’s middle name is almost as important as their first, if not equally important and special. When it came to naming my own children, I wanted middle names that held special meaning. For my oldest daughter, I wanted her middle name to be the same as my mother’s. Why? Because her nana was my rock and did everything she could during what had the potential to be a more challenging time in my life. When it came to my youngest, my husband and I decided that if it were a girl he would pick the first name and I would pick the middle name. My oldest daughter and I loved the name Grace. I always had. She specifically loved Gracie but together we decided to pick Grace. Despite being a popular choice we knew it was the perfect name for our little blessing.
In a way, I think middle names are often our second chance at naming our baby. Some parents pick a name that is more unique than the first; others pick a family name or another name that holds special meaning. Others pick a name simpler than the first, just in case their child decides to go by that name instead. For example, in the early years of grade school, I went by my middle name. Easy to spell and I liked it better. To this day, some of my family members still refer to me by it.
There are countless reasons why we pick the middle names that we do. For some of us, our reasons will make great stories one day as we tell our little ones how their names came to be. Recently, I stumbled upon an article that highlighted some of the baby middle name trends for girls. I decided to share the trends as well some of the names, add some of my own, and include boy names as well. I’d love for you to share your little one’s middle name in the comments section for those who are looking for some inspiration!
45 Middle Name Ideas for Baby
In 2013 virtue names, color names, flower names and old fashion names were popular middle name choices for baby. Take a look at 45 middle baby name ideas inspired by these four trends!
Virtue names are inspiring names that embody special characteristics.
Faith is the term used to describe an “enduring belief.”
Grace is used to describe virtues which include being “lovely or graceful.”
Hope means “the feeling that a desire will be fulfilled.”
Imani means faith or “God is with us.”
The name Jolie means cheerful.
Juste means lawful and fair.
Lucky is a word that describes being fortunate.
Mercy means merciful and compassionate.
Prudence comes from the Latin word prudens, which means good judgment.
Traugott is Greek for reaper.
In the dictionary true means “in accordance with fact or reality.”
Valor means brave or bold.
Color names are a fun option when it comes to picking a middle name.
Sometimes spelled in alternative ways Blue is a popular color name.
Gray is another option for a color name.
Hazel is a light/yellowish brown color. It is English for “the hazel tree.”
A dark blue violet color.
Jade is a green gemstone.
Mauve is a pale purple color.
Olive is a shade of green.
Scarlett is a deep red color.
Violet is a purple blue color. In Hindi it means “happy girl.”
Flower names are popular (and pretty!) first and middle names.
Aster is a type of flowering plant.
Azalea is a flowering shrub.
A type of flower.
A clover is a type of wildflower. They are often associated with good luck.
Dahlia is a flower name that means “from the valley.”
Florian means flowering or blooming.
Iris is a type of flower.
Magnolia is a flower said to have a sweet aroma.
Rose is a popular floral name and is often used for a girl’s middle name.
A Willow is a tree. It is German for peaceful.
Zinnia is a type of flower. It also means worth in Hebrew.
Old Fashion Baby Names
These are classic names that often pay homage to history. Sometimes they are family names and/or were popular name choices long ago.
Albert is German for Noble.
Beatrice is Latin for “Bringer of joy.”
Cordelia is Latin for warm-hearted.
Dorothy is Greek for a vision and “gift of God.”
The name Edith means prosperity.
Elizabeth is Hebrew for God is my oath.
Florence means flourishing.
The name Helen means light.
Henry is German for “Ruler of the household.”
James is Hebrew for supplanter.
Louise means renowned warrior. It is the feminine version of Louis.
Mabel means loveable.
Mildred means gentle counselor.