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Middle Names for Girls That Are the Perfect Complement to Her First

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

These middle names for baby girl will sure make for a great monogram

When you're faced with the task of coming up with a name for your new addition, things can get stressful — but when it's time to get down to business and choose the middle name, well, that's when you can have a little fun.

Whether you stay traditional or go for the quirky with your little girl's middle name, it's all about creating the perfect flow between her first name and her last. This is where your creativity really shines!

We've gathered up some of our favorite middle names to get you started.

These middle names for baby girl will sure make for a great monogram
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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.

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


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
  • Seraphina Rose: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
  • Alabama Gypsy Rose: Drea de Matteo & Shooter Jennings
  • Dolly Rebecca Rose:  Actress Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O'Connell
  • River Rose: Kelly Clarkson
  • Briar Rose: Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen
  • Winnie Rose: Jimmy Fallon


  • Paloma Louise: Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz
  • Anja Louise: Alessandra Ambrosio
  • Olivia Lou: Comedienne and actress Wanda Sykes
  • Poppy Louise: Jenna Bush Hager


  • Charlotte Grace: Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Blakesley GraceThe Bachelorette's Trista Sutter
  • Avery Grace: Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn
  • Billie Grace: John and Nichole McGinley

More: Exotic Girl Names That Are Just Quirky Enough

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've 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: 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 middle 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:

  • Joscelyn Skye: AJ Langer
  • Heaven Rain: Brooke Burke
  • Harper Willow: Dave Grohl
  • Harlow Winter: Nicole Richie and Joel Madden
  • Harper Moon: Eddie Vedder
  • Violet Moon: Sarah Shahi and Steve Howey
  • Jagger Snow: Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross

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. That's what Zooey Deschanel did with Elsie Otter, for example.

Originally published January 2013. Updated June 2017.

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