The Hottest New Middles?

I grew up in the 60’s and my friends’ middle names did too: [name_f]Diane[/name_f], [name_u]Marie[/name_u], [name_u]Lynn[/name_u], [name_f]Ann[/name_f], [name_u]Jean[/name_u], [name_f]Jane[/name_f], [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f], [name_f]Karen[/name_f], [name_f]Kathleen[/name_f], [name_f]Ruth[/name_f], [name_f]Debra[/name_f], [name_u]Kelly[/name_u], [name_u]Louise[/name_u], etc.

These names are now seem by many as “filler” names. Of course they are only filler if your aunt isn’t named [name_u]Lynn[/name_u] or your Mom’s middle isn’t [name_u]Marie[/name_u].

The truth is though that certain names just do sound great as middles, particularly when using double middles or double-barreled or smoosh names. For when [name_f]Andromeda[/name_f] [name_f]Calpurnia[/name_f] [name_f]Galadriel[/name_f] might be too much. :slight_smile:

I wonder what middles seem especially luscious and useful today?

I like:

Faye
[name_u]Kaye[/name_u]
[name_f]Etoile[/name_f]
[name_f]Etude[/name_f]
[name_f]Nell[/name_f]
[name_f]Nan[/name_f]
[name_u]Anne[/name_u]
[name_f]Faith[/name_f]
[name_f]Plum[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f]
[name_f]Tess[/name_f]

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Rose is the main one in use right now, I think.

May/Mae, [name_f]Grace[/name_f], [name_u]June[/name_u], [name_f]Pearl[/name_f], [name_f]Belle[/name_f], [name_f]Maeve[/name_f], [name_u]Wren[/name_u], [name_u]Lark[/name_u], [name_f]Jane[/name_f], [name_u]James[/name_u] (for a girl too!) are others I see a lot of, either in real life or celebrity birth announcements or just general name chat.

Personally, I prefer shorter first names so to me the perfect middles are long, dramatic names that I might not dare use up front but which bring a nice balance to my favourite short firsts.

Names like…

Clementine
[name_f]Madelief[/name_f]
[name_u]Endellion[/name_u]
[name_f]Guinevere[/name_f]
[name_f]Capucine[/name_f]
[name_f]Tigerlily[/name_f]
[name_f]Marigold[/name_f]
[name_f]Wednesday[/name_f]
[name_f]Holiday[/name_f]
[name_f]Apolline[/name_f]
[name_f]Ferelith[/name_f]
[name_f]Antigone[/name_f]

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Eleanor, [name_f]Maeve[/name_f], [name_f]Faye[/name_f], [name_f]Juliet[/name_f], [name_f]Violet[/name_f], [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] and [name_f]Eliza[/name_f] strike me as fresh middles

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Yes! I like that trend too. Like [name_u]June[/name_u] [name_u]Endellion[/name_u], [name_f]Faye[/name_f] [name_f]Guinevere[/name_f], [name_u]Clare[/name_u] [name_f]Madelief[/name_f]. :slight_smile:

And the middles you listed are apt.

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I only see a small snapshot of all the babies born at the hospital I work at. The only names I’ve seen used, from your list, are [name_u]Anne[/name_u] and [name_f]Faith[/name_f].

Your first list of friends’ middles is still the majority for current babies! I think most people are still kinda using “filler” names that flow well, as a whole, or honor names :blush:

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Ah, then it’s time for a name revolution. Of course many people still paint every wall white so it may take awhile. :slight_smile:

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Middles I’ve seen a lot lately/rising
Mae
Alice
Blue
June
Jo
James (lots of girls, but still in frequent use for boys)
Moon (x3! On a boy and two girls)

I’ve been noticing word names majorly growing for boys and girls - I know babies with middle names Dream, Luck, Love, and Boss.
Not a new trend but a lot of maiden names as middles as well.

Middles I like
(I already know what middle I would pick for a firstborn girl/boy based on family traditions but these are my fun/nature themed middles that I think add dimension)
Endellion
Marigold
Estelle
Solstice
Delphine
Fern
Sylvie
Maeve
Olive
Odette
Iris
Poppy
Hero
Soleil
Clover

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[name_f]Jade[/name_f], [name_u]Sage[/name_u], and [name_f]Grace[/name_f] all seem like names I’ve seen used A LOT in the middle spot the past several years, and [name_f]Rose[/name_f] has maintained as a very popular middle name choice.

I’ve also seen [name_u]Wren[/name_u], [name_u]Winter[/name_u], and [name_f]Florence[/name_f] get a lot of love in the middle spot more recently, along with combinations of some of the more dated middles ([name_f]Annemarie[/name_f], [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f], etc.)
[name_f]Jane[/name_f]/ [name_u]Jean[/name_u], [name_u]June[/name_u], [name_f]Belle[/name_f], [name_f]Claire[/name_f], [name_f]Pearl[/name_f], and [name_u]Kay[/name_u] I’ve been noticing a lot too.

In terms of short and sweet middles I quite like:
[name_f]Fern[/name_f]
[name_f]Opal[/name_f]
[name_f]Blythe[/name_f]
[name_f]Iris[/name_f]
[name_f]Odette[/name_f]
[name_f]Sylvie[/name_f]
[name_f]Sophie[/name_f]
[name_f]Juno[/name_f]
[name_f]Maeve[/name_f]
[name_f]Ruth[/name_f]
[name_f]Primrose[/name_f]
[name_f]Enid[/name_f]
[name_f]Lucille[/name_f]/ [name_f]Lucile[/name_f]/ [name_u]Lou[/name_u]
[name_f]Mercy[/name_f]
[name_u]Yarrow[/name_u]
[name_f]Frida[/name_f]
[name_f]Tamsin[/name_f]
[name_f]Gail[/name_f]/ [name_u]Gale[/name_u]/ [name_f]Gayle[/name_f]
[name_u]Ash[/name_u]
[name_f]Phoebe[/name_f]
[name_f]Thisbe[/name_f]
[name_f]Daphne[/name_f]
[name_f]Xanthe[/name_f]
[name_f]Deirdre[/name_f]/ [name_f]Deirdra[/name_f]
[name_f]Prudence[/name_f]
[name_f]Ingrid[/name_f]
[name_f]Kate[/name_f]/ [name_f]Cait[/name_f]
[name_f]Blanche[/name_f]
[name_f]Sinead[/name_f]
[name_f]Nadine[/name_f]
[name_f]Moira[/name_f]
[name_f]Cosette[/name_f]
[name_f]Gwen[/name_f]
[name_u]Laurel[/name_u]
[name_f]Paige[/name_f]
[name_u]Rue[/name_u]
[name_f]Esme[/name_f]
[name_f]Yvaine[/name_f]
[name_f]Martha[/name_f]
[name_u]Sloane[/name_u]
[name_u]Blair[/name_u]/ [name_u]Blaire[/name_u]
[name_u]Dell[/name_u]
[name_f]Fawn[/name_f]/ [name_f]Faun[/name_f]/ [name_f]Fauna[/name_f]
[name_f]Susette[/name_f]
[name_f]Cleo[/name_f]
[name_f]Isla[/name_f]
[name_u]Robin[/name_u]
[name_f]Agnes[/name_f]/ [name_f]Ines[/name_f]
[name_f]Greta[/name_f]
[name_f]Sybil[/name_f]
[name_f]Frances[/name_f]/ [name_f]Francine[/name_f]/ [name_u]Fran[/name_u]
[name_u]Yael[/name_u]
[name_u]Lark[/name_u]
[name_u]Dean[/name_u]
[name_u]Piper[/name_u]
[name_f]Willa[/name_f]
[name_f]Estelle[/name_f]
[name_f]Mab[/name_f]
[name_f]Tove[/name_f]
[name_f]Celine[/name_f]
[name_f]Zosia[/name_f]
[name_u]Beck[/name_u]
[name_f]Myrtle[/name_f]
[name_u]Simone[/name_u]
[name_f]Adele[/name_f]
[name_f]Roz[/name_f]
[name_f]Clover[/name_f]
[name_f]Gemma[/name_f]/ [name_f]Gem[/name_f]
[name_f]Edith[/name_f]
[name_u]Jules[/name_u]
[name_f]Maud[/name_f]/ [name_f]Maude[/name_f]
[name_f]Hilda[/name_f]/ [name_f]Hilde[/name_f]
[name_u]Hazel[/name_u]
[name_u]Clarke[/name_u], [name_u]Claude[/name_u], or [name_m]Clyde[/name_m]
[name_f]Feo[/name_f]/ [name_u]Fio[/name_u]
[name_f]Elise[/name_f]
[name_u]Joan[/name_u]
[name_u]Lux[/name_u]
[name_f]Wendy[/name_f]
[name_u]Raven[/name_u]
[name_f]Ethel[/name_f]
[name_u]Glenn[/name_u]
[name_f]Merry[/name_f]
[name_f]Lois[/name_f]
[name_u]Finley[/name_u]
[name_f]Neve[/name_f]
[name_f]Aster[/name_f]
[name_u]Rowan[/name_u]
[name_f]Mabel[/name_f]
[name_u]True[/name_u]/ [name_u]Truth[/name_u]
[name_u]Quinn[/name_u]
[name_f]Leta[/name_f]/ [name_f]Leda[/name_f]
[name_u]Shea[/name_u]
And I love [name_f]Faye[/name_f], [name_f]Nell[/name_f], [name_u]Anne[/name_u], [name_f]Plum[/name_f], [name_f]Bess[/name_f], and [name_f]Tess[/name_f].

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Wow! Makes me want to have 50 kids with only these middles! Great list.

I especially like as middles your choices of [name_f]Blythe[/name_f], [name_f]Fern[/name_f], [name_f]Opal[/name_f], [name_f]Iris[/name_f], [name_f]Enid[/name_f], [name_f]Mercy[/name_f], [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f], [name_f]Mab[/name_f], and [name_f]Mabel[/name_f].

Pleasant names all, and what’s a middle for if not to be pleasant. Except maybe [name_f]Enid[/name_f], that’s more a tough love name that I do indeed love.

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I know a little [name_f]Enid[/name_f]! [name_f]Sister[/name_f] to Alist@ir :heart_eyes:

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I come across [name_u]Marie[/name_u] more than anything.

Others:
[name_f]Grace[/name_f]
[name_f]Rose[/name_f]
[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f]

Others that fit but aren’t popular:
[name_f]Lena[/name_f]
[name_f]Maeve[/name_f]
[name_f]Bloom[/name_f]
[name_f]Margot[/name_f]
[name_f]Lila[/name_f]
[name_u]Snow[/name_u]
[name_u]Winter[/name_u]

(I would be sooo happy if someone picked any of these as a middle name.)

Eve and [name_f]Hope[/name_f] come to mind!

In the UK, I’d say some of the most popular are:
[name_f]Rose[/name_f]
[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f]
[name_f]Jane[/name_f]
[name_f]Grace[/name_f]
[name_f]Alice[/name_f]
[name_f]Mary[/name_f]
[name_f]Catherine[/name_f]/Katherine

I really like [name_f]Colette[/name_f], [name_f]Corinne[/name_f], [name_f]Delphine[/name_f], [name_f]Mireille[/name_f], [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f], [name_u]Carmel[/name_u], [name_f]Opal[/name_f], [name_f]Mercy[/name_f]…

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Wow wow wow Alist@ir and 3nid is such a gorgeous sibling pair!!! :cupid:

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I find [name_u]Kai[/name_u] a great modern middle, for any gender. I find it transforms “clunky” names too e.g. [name_f]Thelma[/name_f] [name_u]Kai[/name_u].
[name_u]Rosen[/name_u] as an update on [name_f]Rose[/name_f]
[name_u]Evan[/name_u]
[name_f]Gem[/name_f]
[name_u]Jet[/name_u]
[name_u]Karel[/name_u]
[name_u]Arlo[/name_u]
[name_f]Blythe[/name_f]