Middle name trends for girls

Kim Grundy

By Kim Grundy

Parenting | Mar 22, 2013 1:00 PM

Baby girl

Popular girl's middle names

Today's parents are putting more thought into their girl’s middle name choice. Popular trends include old-fashioned or traditional middle names, such as Grace, Louise or Katherine. Flower names, such as Rose or Daisy, have started gaining popularity, as have virtue middle names, such as Hope, Joy and Faith.

Old-fashioned middle names

Traditional or old-fashioned middle baby names are a huge trend. Some parents choose these baby girl names because it is a family name that is passed down, while other parents decide to pair a unique first name with a more traditional middle name. As you can see, many celebrities have given their babies traditional baby names, with the most popular middles names being Grace, Rose and Louise.

Here are some traditional middle name options and first name options to consider

Grace:

  • Charlotte Grace: Daughter of actress Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Helena Grace: Gossip Girl's Kelly Rutherford
  • Blakesley Grace: The Bachelorette's Trista Sutter
  • Avery Grace:  Actress Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn
  • Billie Grace:  Daughter of John and Nichole McGinley

Rose:

Flower names, such as Tulip or Daisy, also make great middle names. Rose is by far the top choice. Here are some examples:

  • Myla Rose: Tennis champ Roger Federer
  • Lucia Rose: Survivor's Rob and Amber Mariano
  • Lyla Rose: Singer Lisa Loeb
  • Seraphina Rose: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
  • Adelaide Rose: Actress Rachel Griffiths
  • Alabama Gypsy Rose: Drea de Matteo & Shooter Jennings
  • Dolly Rebecca Rose:  Actress Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O'Connell
  • Charlotte Rose: Dylan McDermott and Shiva Rose
  • Emerson Rose: Teri Hatcher
  • Harper Rosie: Martie and Gareth Maguire

Louise:

  • Paloma Louise: Ugly Betty's Ana Oritiz
  • Katie Louise: Actor Jim Gaffigan
  • Anja Louise: Alessandra Ambrosio
  • Olivia Lou: Comedienne and actress Wanda Sykes

Other traditional middle names to consider include:

Virtue middle names

Another popular girl's middle name trend is using a virtue baby name, which is a word that describes a characteristic that you wish your child to attain. These virtue names were well-known in the Puritan era, and we have recently seen a spike in popularity.

Here are some celebrity examples of popular virtue middle names for girls:

  • Heavenly Joy: Producer Rodney Darkchild Jerkins
  • Megan Hope: Days of Our Lives actress Alison Sweeney
  • Daisy True: Daughter of Meg Ryan
  • Emery Hope: Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn
  • Finley Faith: Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn

Other virtue names to consider that would make great middle names include:

Nature-inspired baby names

Whether it is a return to nature or the emerging hippy/boho trend, nature-inspired names are also a big trend — as are baby names that start with the letter H! Here are some fun examples:

If you choose a longer first name, perhaps you should consider a short middle name to help balance the name. Picking a more unique middle name is a great way to get creative without sticking your child with an unusual name that he or she may or may not like.

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