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You’ve got the first name down. Now you need to decide whether to use a middle name at all. While middle names are not obligatory, they are becoming increasingly popular and, depending on the culture, most people have at least one middle name.  

Middle names are used much less than first names, allowing parents to be more creative and choose a truly distinctive and individual name. When considering middle names, it is best to pick a name that has meaning to you, or one that you simply love.

Popular middle names are often Biblical in origin. Boys’ names such as Andrew, Daniel, Jacob, Joshua, Michael, and Noah are one of the most enduring choices of expecting parents all over the world. Popular Biblical girl’s names include: Maria, Abigail, Elizabeth, Hannah, Rebecca, and Sarah. Biblical names are not only a timeless choice, but also add meaning to your child’s name as well as spiritual depth.

Choosing a name that honors a person that had an impact on your life is also a popular choice for a baby’s middle name. Parents might want to use a maiden name, the name of a family member, a friend, or even a celebrity as their child’s middle name, and in doing so show their gratitude and respect to that person. 

In other situations, parents give their babies middle names after locations, or even countries. Popular choices include naming a baby after the location where he or she was conceived or the place where the parents spent their honeymoon in. This explains why so many children today are called Paris, London, Chelsea, China or France

In many cases, parents also opt for unusual baby middle names. Uncommon baby boy names like Cailen, Daylen, and Tao or baby girl names like Cranberry, Evi, Izis, Nevaeh (Heaven backwards), and Wednesday have seen a rise in popularity among expecting parents.   

With middle names becoming ever more popular, it is no surprise that so many parents are looking for a unique and pretty name to give their babies. While choosing a baby’s first name can often be stressful, choosing a middle name tends to be more enjoyable, because they lend themselves well to a vast variety of choices. As long as you make sure that the middle name sounds nice with the first and last name, you cannot go wrong with choosing one or even more middle names for your child.

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Denae
written by Laura Weiner, December 11, 2008
i know it isn't a middle name, but i think Sarah Claire is pretty. i think Claire is a better middle name, and you could always just always call her Claire, also not everyone has a middle name, so that's also something to think about.
Pregnant with my first
written by kelly, January 14, 2009
We are naming our daughter Claire as well. The only middle name that I think sounds good with it is Elizabeth. Any other suggestions??
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written by Cassie Colegrove, February 07, 2009
What about Claire Annabelle, Claire Isabel, Claire Joanna, Claire Eliza, or Claire Bronwyn?
TO MEGHAN
written by Ashley, March 04, 2009
I WAS JUS LIKE U WHEN I HAD MY SON, I WANTED SOMETHIN DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE.. SINCE MY SON'S FATHER NAMED STARTED WITH A Z I ALSO WANTED HIS TO START WITH A Z OR START WITH SOMETHIN THAT SOUNDED LIKE A Z.. SO I GOT ON BABY NAMES.COM AND SEEN DA NAME XYLON AND THATS WHAT I NAMED HIM.. IT WAS SPELLED XYLON BUT I USED AN A INSTEAD OF AN O.. SO HIS NAME IS SPELLED LIKED "XYLAN".. IT SOUNDS LIKE IT START WITH A Z BUT REALLY AN X.. I LOVED IT AND THOUGHT IT WAS UNIQUE. IF U CANT PRONOUNCE IT JUS THINK OF IT AS ZY-LON. OR ZY-LAN. I HOPE THIS COULD HELP
looking for a middle name to go with Claire
written by leon, April 15, 2009
Chrystal, Channel, Theeaire, or Water.
Looking for a middle name?
written by Carla, April 21, 2009
I've decided to name my daughter Felicity, but can't fnd any middle names I like. Any Suggestions?
Middle name for ABOVE comment
written by colleen faith, April 28, 2009
I was thinking about the name Felicity Dana,
Felicity Saige
Felicity Brielle
Felicity Mabel
Felicity Deirdre
Felicity Alma
Felicity Beth
Hope you like 1!
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written by Tiffany, August 17, 2009
Im preggo with my first, a baby girl and im due in oct and im still trying to find that perfect name. i was thinking of sariah ( sa-ri-ah ) but i have no clue on a middle name. Help!!
FIRST CHILD
written by kamishalla, December 22, 2009
i need help with a baby girls name any suggestions??
Middle names for Claire
written by maggie browne, December 26, 2009
My sister in law is also thinking of Claire for her baby, so I have given the middle name some thought: Marie, Maureen, Patrice, Terese, Ann, Rebecca, Michelle, Amelia.
For Claire
written by kyle dion, January 07, 2010
Hmm. I was thinking of a good strong middle name, to be unique of coarse but also to flow well. Heres what I came up with. Claire Lynn, Claire Annette (sounds like the instrument, kind of a stretch) Autumn Eve, Claire Viktoria, Claire Luria, Claire Natalia, Claire Isolde, claire eleanor. I like that last one the most. Hope it helps
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written by Kirsten , February 09, 2010
Baby girl names?? I like Addison, Leah, Quinn, Olivia, Taylor, Charlotte, and Mia.
need a little input
written by amanda wittig, August 19, 2010
So at first we were hoping for a boy and we got stuck on the name Devin or Devan Then found out we are having a girl and I am really liking the name better for my baby girl and wondering if I could spell it Devanne and it would still sound the same. Now I am also in search for a middle name. I had Brelynn, however my step daughters middle name is Rae Lynn and my husband says it's to much alike. Any ideas?
middle names for Devanne
written by Izzy Veracal, August 21, 2010
first off, i want to say i just love the name. it is so pretty. here are my ideas:
Devanne Grace
Devanne Leigh
Devanne Mae
Devanne Rose
Devanne Marie
Devanne Charlotte
Devanne Eloise
Devanne Briar
Devanne Willow

hope i helped!
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written by Isabel, August 25, 2010
Nicole is a very common middle name. I'm not too keen on it as a middle name though. It's a bit unimaginative. Try something more unusual for a middle name, like Willow. Anyway, I hoped that helped.

-Izzy
middle name help
written by amber aden, October 10, 2010
I am planning on naming my first baby Mackenzie if it is a girl and the last name Aden but I have no clue on a middle name. any ideas?
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written by Isabel, December 18, 2010
Well I wrote the comment about the mn Nicole and I didn't mean to say that it was unimaginative!! I just meant to say that I'd heard it a lot on girls!! I'm sorry if I offended anyone with that mn b/c it flows well with a lot of names!!

-izY
middle name help
written by donna harkins, January 14, 2011
love the name Chanel but cant seem to find a middle name that flows with the last name Jordon.Also liked the name Sydney but fell into the same problem, any suggestions?
Camara
written by brookelyn, January 31, 2011
so i dont know if i am having a boy or girl but i already know what the girl name is gonna be. Camara, but i cant seem to find a middle name that flows well between Camara and McMillin. so please give me some advice?

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