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