Unlike a first name, a middle name can be pretty much whatever you want it to be. Because for most little girls, they’re not going to be called by their middle name, parents can feel free to go a little wild with it. If you have an old family name you’d like to find a place for, that middle spot might just be the perfect fit for it. Don’t worry if you don’t have an antique name to dust off, because we’ve found some very exciting middle name options for parents who want something with tons of character.
While there might be a certain amount of pressure to find the perfect first name, that pressure is mostly off when it comes to the middle. So feel free to experiment with good middle names that express ideas or excite the imagination. You can choose a name inspired by nature to impart a respect for the natural world. Or you can go ahead and compromise with that weird first name your partner didn’t feel was appropriate and use it as a middle (that way when your daughter gets older she can decide if she’d prefer to go by the more unique name instead). We’ve searched the baby name database and taken a look at what celebrities are doing to bring you the 130 best middle names for girls.
Anais is a French and Catalan form of the name Anna which has Hebrew origins and means “grace.” Anais is a popular first name right now finally making its way onto the baby name popularity charts in the US over the last couple of years. Anais is beautiful, yet agreeable and will fit well with most other names.
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Busy Philipps has a daughter named Birdie which we love, but we prefer the simplicity and ease of Bird for a middle name. The name bird, of course, means… a bird. However, the word used as a name has Swedish origins. If you’re an animal lover looking for a cute, nature name, Bird soars above the rest.
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Charity is a classic English virtue name that doesn’t get as much play as its contemporaries, Hope and Faith. We love the name Charity it fits well with first names that are one-syllable or not overly complex. Charity has enjoyed popularity in the US in waves that come and go about every fifty years. The tides still out on this one and we think it’s time for a comeback.
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Dulce is an extremely popular Spanish or Portuguese name with Latin origins that means “sweet.” In 2018, the name finally hit the top 1000 in the US. Dulce fits well with most other names and it’s trending now, so get ahead with this gorgeous name. Of all the cute girl names, this is one of the very sweetest.
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Echo has a nice ring to it! Echo is a Greek name with roots in mythology that refers to a nymph whose unrequited love for Narcissus caused her to fade away until all that was left was the sound of her voice. While you might be drawn to Echo it still hasn’t crossed the threshold into wide favorability as a first name, making it perfect as a fresh-sounding middle.
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Thanks to names like Mabel, the word Fable has made the leap to given name territory. Fable refers to stories that contain a moral AKA allegory. Fable is a handsome name that might not seem appropriate up at the front, but sandwiched in the middle, it’s perfect.
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Hear us out! Name that have been traditionally been given to baby boys oftentimes make interesting middle names that give an edge. The traditional name Georgie is one such name that works well. The English name means “farmer.” In the Nancy Drew series, Nancy’s best friend is Georgia “George” Fayne. We’ve been a fan ever since.
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The English name Holiday means “born on a holy day” and has often been used as a surname. Holiday makes for a cheerful middle name as long your daughter’s first name isn’t very busy. Baby girl middle names can often seem like an afterthought. With Holiday, it sounds like a grand occasion.
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Again, like Holiday, Indigo is a three-syllable name that works best with a shorter first name. This glamorous color name has Greek origins and refers to the “purple dye.” While Indigo might seem too over-the-top for some parents as a first name, we can all agree it works well in the middle.
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Go ahead and give your daughter a touch of Little Women magic with the middle name Jo. Jo is the crisp French form of the names Joanna or Josephina. The name means “Jehova increases.”
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Kit is a gender-neutral name that we absolutely love as a middle name for all. Kit is short and sweet and goes with everything making it one of our favorite girl middle names. The name has Latin and Greek origins and is a diminutive of Christopher. It means “bearer of Christ.”
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If you somehow managed to choose a first name for your daughter that wasn’t Olive or Olivia, pat yourself on the back for not falling in line with the majority of parents right now. While we absolutely love the names Olivia and Olive they’re getting a little overdone. We love the shortened form, Livie as a middle name. It too means “olive tree.”
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It’s totally fine to go full-on hippie nature name when you’re looking at middle names. The moon is so romantic and the inspiration for many beautiful poems and artworks. Moon makes for a very agreeable name. Its inoffensive sound fits well with most names.
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Nomi is a gorgeous name for girls that can be found Hebrew as a form of Naomi and also in Japanese as a popular name. The name can mean “beautiful” or “pleasant” or “delightful.” Like Moon, Nomi doesn’t contain any hard consonants so it fits beautifully with most first and last names.
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Odele is an English name with Greek origins that means “song.” Aw. This vintage-kissed name has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence thanks to the similar, Adele. However, it still remains a fairly obscure name. If you love classic English names, this would be a lyrical choice.
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Simple, yet very playful, Pia is a Latin name that means “from Mount Olympus.” You’ll also find Pia in the Hindu tradition as a name with many meanings like “beloved” or “lover.” If you’ve chosen a first name that doesn’t end in an “A” consider Pia as a middle.
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For a name that exudes curiosity and purpose, consider the Latin name Quest which means “seek” or “mission.” For an adventurous outlook, you couldn’t find a more a fitting name.
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Rhea has achieved popularity in the US as a first name in recent years. The name has Greek origins and is storied in mythology. The name means “flowing stream” and refers to Rhea, the earth mother of all the gods.
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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban chose the name Sunday for their newborn daughter. Thanks to that celebrity love, Sunday has started to trend. Of all the days, Sunday is one of the most suitable for a name.
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Teal has a lot going for it as it’s both a color name and a bird name. This name is one of the most versatile and goes with just about any first and last name. However, the hard “T” is not going to sound best with other T-names like Tonia, Tara, or Tessa.
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If you’re after a name with some romantic flare, consider the Spanish name Vina. The name means “vineyard.” While most parents are choosing place names like Vienna or Venice, Vina has a bit more mystery to it and it’s a no-fuss name.
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Nicole Richie and Joel Madden used Winter for daughter Harlow’s middle name. It’s an exceptional choice for a baby born in the colder months. Winter has been on and off the popularity charts in the US since the late 1970s and we think it’s just perfect as a middle name.
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Xeni is a girl’s name is of Guatemalan origin meaning “protector of plants or flowers.” The name is pronounced SHEH-nee and has a fantastic vibe and meaning behind it.
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In Arabic, the name Yara means “small butterfly.” In Brazilian mythology, the name Yara is associated with a goddess. Much more interesting than Sara or Mara, Yara has such a calming and casual sound to it that will fit with most other names.
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Different origins are given for this name. Some sources attribute Zola as coming from Latin, meaning “earth” or “ball of earth.” Others site it as a Zulu name, meaning “quiet” or “tranquil.” It’s stunning and works just as well as a first name as it does as a middle.
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There you have it. 130 unique middle names for girls that are some of the best of the best. Don’t sweat a middle name. Pick something that sounds great to you with the first and last. Make sure you love just as much!