As parents, we spend a huge chunk of time laboring over the perfect first name that will best represent our child for the rest of their life — no pressure. But the middle name, that's the fun part. You can choose any name you damn well please to tie the whole thing together, whether it's that kinda weird name you've always secretly loved or a sweet name with a special meaning.
Yes, the world is your baby-naming oyster, and we have just the list to prove it. We've gathered up our favorite old-fashioned, outdoorsy and virtue middle names so you can take your pick:
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
Flower names, such as Tulip or Daisy, also make great middle names. Rose is by far the top choice. Here are some examples:
Other traditional middle names to consider include:
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:
Other virtue names to consider that would make great middle names include:
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. That's what Zooey Deschanel did with Elsie Otter, for example.
What is your favorite middle name for girls?
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Originally published Jan. 2013. Updated Sept. 2016.
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