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200+ Good Baby Middle Names

Team Peanut4 months ago7 min read

Ah, the middle name – the most neglected and misunderstood of names. It may often only be used on airplane tickets and official documents, or when mama’s very angry indeed. But that said, good middle names do need a bit of thought.

Good Baby Middle Names

Here, we’ve got 200+ suggestions for cool middle names for girls and boys. Most importantly, though, we’ll help you decide on the best middle names for your little one. Because while we can give you ideas, ultimately the choice is yours!

In this article: 📝

  • The freedom of a good middle name
  • Choosing an awesome middle name
  • What are good middle names for a boy?
  • Good middle names for girls
  • Other cool middle names for girls
  • What is the best middle name?

The freedom of a good middle name

Once upon a time (in the West anyway), middle names weren’t so common. George Washington was just George Washington. Mary Wollstonecraft was just Mary Wollstonecraft. But then, sometime in the 19th century, everything changed, and you ended up with Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso (or Picasso, as he was better known).

Today, many cultures don’t have middle names at all. But plenty of other cultures use multiple middle names. You can follow whichever tradition you prefer. Simply, there’s no right way to choose a middle name. You’ve got total freedom.

Choosing an awesome middle name

Now over to you. On your hunt for the perfect middle name, you’ll need to answer some questions:

  • Do you want to honor someone? You can use a middle name to recognize a beloved relation, ancestor, or friend. A recent study found that most parents choose middle names as a commemoration. But it’s up to you.

  • Do you want to celebrate your heritage? A middle name can be a good way to acknowledge the place you or your family are from.

  • Want to try something different? If you’d like to try a name that’s a bit more unusual, but don’t want to use it every day, it can work well as a middle name.

  • Can’t agree? Arguing over different names? You wouldn’t be the first. Making use of middle names can help keep you and your partner both happy.

  • Is one enough? With middle names, the sky’s the limit. If you feel that two or three middle names flow better than one, go for it.

  • How do the names fit together? If you have a middle name in mind, play around with it before you commit. Write the full name down, repeat it out loud, and pay attention to the initials. This way you’ll notice anything awkward before it’s too late.

So, what are some cool middle names? With this question in mind, let’s take a look at some good middle names for boys and girls. While we’ve divided them up by gender, there’s no rule to say you have to stick to these conventions!

What are good middle names for a boy?

Popular middle names for boys

According to a recent UK survey, the most popular boy middle names are still the classics:

  1. James
  2. John
  3. William
  4. Thomas
  5. David
  6. Robert
  7. Edward
  8. Peter
  9. Lee
  10. Christopher
  11. Alexander
  12. Michael
  13. Daniel

In the US, the top 10 is pretty similar, with the addition of:

  1. Anthony
  2. Allen
  3. Joseph

First names to use as middle names for boys

But if a classic isn’t your style, a great place to look for middle name inspiration is a list of popular first names. Here are some to start with (and check out Peanut’s big list of boy names for more):

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Oliver
  4. Elijah
  5. Benjamin
  6. Lucas
  7. Henry
  8. Mason
  9. Ethan
  10. Jacob
  11. Logan
  12. Jackson
  13. Levi
  14. Sebastian
  15. Mateo
  16. Jack
  17. Owen
  18. Theodore
  19. Aiden
  20. Samuel
  21. Joseph
  22. Wyatt
  23. Matthew
  24. Luke
  25. Asher
  26. Carter
  27. Julian
  28. Grayson
  29. Leo
  30. Jayden
  31. Gabriel
  32. Isaac
  33. Lincoln

Last names as middle names

To mix it up a little, why not try a last name as a middle name? It’s common for families to give their child the mother’s maiden name as a middle name (if you’re not going double-barreled) – and this can be a great way to honor both of your families.

Here are some last names that make awesome, unique middle names for boys:

  1. Anderson
  2. Ashton
  3. Avery
  4. Beckett
  5. Bond
  6. Brook
  7. Cooper
  8. Davis
  9. Ford
  10. Harper
  11. Harvey
  12. Huxley
  13. Jarvis
  14. Keegan
  15. Lennox
  16. Morgan
  17. Percy
  18. Quinn
  19. Riley
  20. Sawyer
  21. Sullivan
  22. Watkins
  23. Wilder

Other awesome middle names for boys

  1. Charles
  2. Kai
  3. Dean
  4. Flynn
  5. Grey
  6. Reed
  7. Fred
  8. Chance
  9. Felix
  10. King
  11. Mark
  12. Rhys
  13. Shea
  14. Leonardo
  15. Lucas
  16. Casey
  17. Gilles
  18. Ryder
  19. Tristan
  20. Myles
  21. Jude
  22. Oscar
  23. Xavier
  24. Max
  25. Nico
  26. Lloyd
  27. Seth
  28. Claude
  29. George
  30. Ray
  31. Francis
  32. Lawrence

Good middle names for girls

With boys taken care of, let’s move on to some great girl middle names. Remember, though: whatever the gender, if the name feels right, it’s right.

Let’s start with the most common middle names for girls:

Popular girl middle names

In the UK, the top girl middle names are:

  1. Louise
  2. Rose
  3. Grace
  4. Jane
  5. Elizabeth
  6. Anne/Ann
  7. May/Mae
  8. Marie
  9. Mary
  10. Amy
  11. Catherine
  12. Kate
  13. Victoria

And in the US they’re pretty similar, but with three different names making a top 10 appearance:

  1. Faith
  2. Lynn
  3. Renee

First names that make awesome middle names for girls

Just as with boys, one of the best places to look for cool middle names for girls is among first names. Here are some of the most popular:

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Ava
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Charlotte
  7. Amelia
  8. Mia
  9. Harper
  10. Evelyn
  11. Abigail
  12. Emily
  13. Ella
  14. Elizabeth
  15. Camila
  16. Luna
  17. Sofia
  18. Avery
  19. Mila
  20. Aria

Girl middle names from around the world

For a more international-sounding name – perhaps one that pays homage to your roots or that simply sounds lovely – you could try:

  1. Anastasia
  2. Clothilde
  3. Martina
  4. Eva
  5. Sara
  6. Anja
  7. Fernanda
  8. Luda
  9. Akari
  10. Mette
  11. Terese
  12. Mariam
  13. Basma
  14. Asha

Of course, the world’s your oyster. You might find something you like in our lists of Persian girl names or Celtic baby girl names.

Other cool middle names for girls

And if you need extra ideas, here are 50+ more awesome middle names for girls.

  1. Abigail
  2. Addison
  3. Amber
  4. Amy
  5. Bea
  6. Belle
  7. Beth
  8. Blaire
  9. Blake
  10. Blythe
  11. Bree
  12. Britt
  13. Camille
  14. Cassandra
  15. Charlotte
  16. Christina
  17. Claire
  18. Clarissa
  19. Dawn
  20. Drew
  21. Elizabeth
  22. Elle
  23. Eve
  24. Faith
  25. Francesca
  26. Grace
  27. Harper
  28. Hope
  29. Imogen
  30. Ingrid
  31. Jane
  32. Jess
  33. Jill
  34. Jordana
  35. June
  36. Kate
  37. Laura
  38. Lillian
  39. Megan
  40. Meredith
  41. Michelle
  42. Nell
  43. Paige
  44. Paloma
  45. Pam
  46. Rae
  47. Rose
  48. Ruth
  49. Sabrina
  50. Susanna
  51. Tabitha
  52. Tatiana
  53. Ursula
  54. Willow

What is the best middle name?

Ultimately, the best middle name will be up to you. It’ll sound good, it could reflect your family, and it will just feel right. The perfect middle name’s out there, mama!