Growing up, it seemed like middle names were chosen out of practicality. Whether it was religion, family tradition or the agreement to let each parent choose one name, classmates with middle names outnumbered those without, but there were always a few. Maybe some kids were too embarrassed to share their middle name and opted to go the “I don’t have one” route. For all of the middle-named Maurices, Mildreds and Eugenes, it seems the days of fretting about eccentric middle names are over.
It might seem detrimental for a couple of years, but having a middle name of “Barnaby” is now just as acceptable as “Drew.” Whether you’re trying to decide between an interesting or classic name, new parents can’t go wrong with either choice.
Here are some middle names no one should be embarrassed about!
Tobias (Hebrew): The lord is good
Vance (English): From the marshland
Braxton (English): From Brock’s town
Julius (Greek): The child of Jove; one who is youthful
Macy (French): One who wields a weapon
Harper (English): One who plays or makes harps
Lucia (Polish): Lady of the light
Zoe (Greek): A life-giving woman; Alive
Choosing the perfect baby name can be the toughest decision to make for soon-to-be parents. Having to choose a middle name further complicates the situation. Here are a few things to consider when selecting the perfect middle name for your child.
Be Wild: Have a name in mind that wouldn’t work as a first? Use it as a second! Choosing a baby name should be fun. Now is your time to express your inner funk.
Family First: Do you feel obligated to name your child after a passed family member? If so, maybe using this as a middle name would be the best fit for your child.
One and done? Try not to choose every baby name you ever wanted but didn’t have enough kids to use in this spot. Choose one name, perhaps two if you have a family tradition but do not go over board. Filling out official paper work will prove to be a pain otherwise.
Don’t Skip It: You might feel as though the first name that you chose was perfect but when your child grows up, they might hate it. Don’ be upset, they can always use their middle name as a replacement and you get to choose both!
Naming a baby can be stressful for parents who barely have time for themselves. Thankfully there are books and online databases to help with the process of choosing a name. Although suggestions might be helpful, finding the one name that your child will keep forever is a decision made solely by you and your partner. To make the process even more hectic, you have to remember that you will be choosing two names, a first and middle. Here is a list of popular middle names for boys and girls that will make for a great compliment. See for yourself! Try them out with any first name.
Cole (English): Having dark features; having coal-black hair
Ian (Gaelic): Form of John, meaning “God is gracious”
John (Hebrew): God is gracious; in the Bible, one of the Apostles
Patrick (Latin): A nobleman; patrician
Elizabeth (Hebrew): My God is bountiful
Lynn (English): Woman of the lake; form of Linda, meaning “one who is soft and beautiful”
May (Latin): Born during the month of May; form of Mary, meaning “star of the sea/from the sea of bitterness”
Marie (French): Form of Mary, meaning “star of the sea/from the sea of bitterness”