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These Middle Names for Girls Work Well With a Ton of First Names

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How to choose the best middle name for your kid

Picking a first name for your baby is stressful. You want it to be unique (but not too unique), and yet at the same time, you want something kind of classic that will stand the test of time. No pressure, right? At least middle names exist too; that's where we get to have a little fun.

Whether you stay traditional or go for quirky with your little girl's middle name, it's all about creating the perfect flow between first name and last. We've gathered up some of our favorite middle names to get you started.

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How to choose the best middle name for your kid
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Old-fashioned middle names

Certain traditional middle names never go out of style. Some parents choose these based on a family name that was passed down from generation to generation; others decide to pair a unique first name with a more traditional middle name. Many celebrities have gone this route — after all, the most popular middle names for girls are Grace, Rose and Louise. Pretty classic.

Here are some traditional middle names, plus first name options to consider.

Rose:

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

  • Myla Rose: daughter of tennis champ Roger Federer
  • Seraphina Rose: daughter or Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
  • Alabama Gypsy Rose: daughter of Drea de Matteo and Shooter Jennings
  • Dolly Rebecca-Rose:  daughter of actress Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell
  • River Rose: daughter of Kelly Clarkson
  • Briar Rose: daughter of Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen
  • Winnie Rose: daughter of Jimmy Fallon

Louise:

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

Grace:

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

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Other traditional middle names to consider include:

Attribute middle names

Another popular middle name trend is using a baby name that describes a characteristic you hope your child will embody. These names were (unsurprisingly) common in the Puritan era, and we've recently seen a spike in their popularity.

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

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

Other qualities that would make great middle names include:

Nature-inspired middle names

Names inspired by the seasons and the natural world are also a big trend — as are, apparently, first names that start with the letter H.

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

Pro tip: If you choose a longer first name, consider a short middle to help keep things balanced. Also, picking a more unique middle name is a great way to get creative without sticking your child with an out-there first name they have to use on the daily. That's what Zooey Deschanel did with Elsie Otter, and we think Elsie is happy about it.

Originally published January 2013. Updated October 2017.

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