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Popular middle names for boys are trending toward traditional names, often paired with a unique name. Many parents may be passing on a family name in the form of a middle name for their baby boy as well.

Popular middle names for baby boys

These days, the use of “junior” also seems to be trending down, with more parents opting to include the father’s name as a middle name instead of a first name.

Traditional middle names for boys are popular among today's parents. Here are the top middle names for boys and celebrity baby name examples. As you can see, many pair a unique or trendy name with a classic middle name.


James ranks #18 as a first name on the Social Security Administration's list of top baby names. However, it is also a popular middle name.

Here are some celebrity baby name examples for boys:

  • Abel James: Son of actress Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
  • Augustin James: Model Linda Evangelista
  • Dezi James:  Actress Jaime Pressly and Eric Calvo
  • Jackson James: Talk show host Carson Daly
  • Jayden James: Singer Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
  • Kelley James: Actress Holly Marie Combs
  • Kingston James: Singers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale


The name Joseph ranks #16 as a first name on the Social Security Administration's list, but also makes a great middle name. Note how many decide on a first name also starting with the letter "J."

  • Brendan Joseph: Actor Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham
  • Jagger Joseph Blue: Actress Soleil Moon Frye
  • James Joseph: Actor Tom Cavanagh
  • Jax Joseph: Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon
  • Michael Joseph: Talk show host Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos


Edward does not make the top 100 list for first names for boys, but it is a strong, classic name that, thanks to Twilight, may be moving up the charts.

  • Beckett Edward: Actress Nicole Sullivan and Jason Packham
  • Lydon Edward: Singer and talk show host Mark McGrath and Carin
  • Huckleberry Edward: Edward Michael Grylls and Shara
  • John Edward Thomas: Actress Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady
  • Maxwell Edward: Cycling superstar Lance Armstrong


The name Thomas ranks #57 as a first name and is a strong middle name as well. Here are some examples:

  • Griffin Thomas: New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre
  • Jaid Thomas: Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon
  • John Edward Thomas: Actress Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady
  • Nathan Thomas: The Daily Show's Jon Stewart


The name Lee doesn't rank in the top 100 list for baby boy names, but it is a popular middle name, especially paired with a first name starting with the letter "B."

  • Bandit Lee: Gerard Way and Lyn-Z
  • Beau Lee: Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton "Baby Spice" and Jade Jones
  • Beckett Robert Lee: Designer Stella McCartney and Alasdhair

Traditional middle names for boys

A middle name is a great way to pass on a family name to your child. Need more ideas? Use the following names for inspiration:

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Comments on "Middle name trends for boys"

meredith February 24, 2014 | 12:50 PM

we are thinking about going with the name DAVIE for our son but are stumped on the middle name what would go with that?

Jessica November 05, 2013 | 1:36 PM

My husband and I are expecting and having us a baby boy.I really want a Nigel so that will be his first name but we're finding difficulty with his middle name. Keep in mind were a biracial couple so we want a name that is fitting. The names above are good but I don't feel they go well with Nigel. Please help.

Felicia June 29, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Soo having troubles with a middle name for my lil boy on the way... His name is going to be Jovani last name is Longmore. ugh this is stressful didn't have this much trouble with my daughter

Cathi February 16, 2013 | 6:06 PM

My husband and I are expecting and are struggling with boy names. Thanks for throwing out some good ideas.

Shannon February 15, 2013 | 4:16 PM

I like Lee - it's classic. For my son I'm going to give him my dad's middle name - Robert.

Denise December 23, 2012 | 1:40 PM

Me and my partner have chose tiger as a first name for our son as my partner is a golf fanatic and loves tiger woods our last name is Davies so will be tiger Davies we would like help finding a middle name to go with this. Any suggestions?

Christina December 10, 2012 | 9:02 AM

Hi I have picked a name for my boy to be but I'm having trouble finding a middle name for him his first name is gage and last name is Daniel

Neethu January 01, 2011 | 1:33 AM

It is really nice to have traditional middle names for boys. Including father’s name as the middle name is a better concept.

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haji December 28, 2010 | 1:47 AM

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nafiya December 27, 2010 | 7:03 PM

very good ideas for parents.

sathish December 24, 2010 | 2:11 AM

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