20 Cool Baby Boy Middle Names

Kathleen Wong | Oct 26, 2018 Pregnancy
20 Cool Baby Boy Middle Names
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What's in a middle name? While we all know the importance of a first name (after all, these are what our kids will be called by all the time by everyone), sometimes it's choosing the perfect middle name that throws us out of whack. What's going to be the perfect middle name to complete the identity of our son? We don't want to just settle on a name simply because we spent all our energy on choosing the best first name, right? The middle name, although less public than the first, is going to be held dearly by our child and those who know him best. 

The middle name is a chance to be more daring with our kid's name, especially if we gave him a more traditional name like James. Maybe we want to go in the totally opposite direction of what their first name connotes, such as a traditional middle name for a modern first name, Parents suggests. 

Parents who can't decide on just one middle name can follow suit of the United Kingdom and pick two middle names. (We can't pick two first names but this might be an easy compromise.)

But most importantly, we have to be sure to pay attention to the flow of the entire name. Oh and to also check that the monogram is in the clear and doesn't spell out anything, well, unfortunate for our son. 

Once we have the above checked off, we can start picking out the best middle name for our newborn baby boy. Click ahead for 20 awesome boy middle names. 

  • GRANT

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    Deriving from the word "graund," which means "grand," Grant is a popular name that signifies one who is of big, grand achievements. Perfect to tuck into our little one's name, right?

  • ADDISON

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    Biblically, Addison means "son of Adam." It's an elegant-sounding name that'll dress up any boy's first name. 

  • AIDEN

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    Who didn't like Aiden from Sex and the City? With his big heart, he was true to the meaning of his name, which is "fiery." It's a wonderful complementary name to add to almost any other boy's name.

  • DAMON

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    This Greek name means "to be gentle," so it's a great choice for someone wanting to instill a calm demeanor into their son's name. 

  • NOEL

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    Noel is the kind of middle name that we expect to see from a blossoming musician, and we ain't mad about that. 

  • TRISTAN

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    A Celtic baby name, we all heard of the tale of Tristan and Isolde. For those who are fans of medieval times and romantic dramas, we highly recommend this name.

  • REILLY

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    For the baby boy who is going to have a playful and optimistic attitude, may we suggest the middle name Reilly? 

  • MILES

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    A variation of the Germanic name Milo, Miles is thought to mean "gracious," based off of the Slavic word "milu." It's a short but sweet middle name for an equally sweet baby boy.

  • CADE

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    For baby boys with a long first name, Cade is a great one-syllable middle name choice. 

  • WALDEN

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    Even non-fans of Henry David Thoreau's Walden, will appreciate Walden as a sophisticated middle name.

  • JACKSON

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    Jackson is a classically boyish name. It's ideal for anyone who wants to give their son's name an all-American country vibe. 

  • KINGSTON

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    Kingston is an English name that brings sophistication and class to any baby boy's name.

  • AVERY

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    This French name is a little more offbeat, and deserves to be given to a baby boy with curiosity.

  • EMERSON

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    Meaning "brave," Emerson is a strong and smart middle name. It connotes the gentle but intelligent spirit of Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet and essayist. 

  • JEREMY

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    Of Hebrew origin, Jeremy means "may Jehovah exalt." It's a popular first and middle name, going well with other names, too.

  • CAMERON

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    Cameron is the kind of name we would think to give to a little or future explorer. It pairs well with short and long first names. 

  • SULLIVAN

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    This English-originating name stands for "little dark eyes." We think it's a wonderful middle name choice for a baby boy with gorgeous dark eyes -- or light eyes, too!

  • OWEN

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    This Welsh name has been rising in popularity since the early aughts. Meaning "young warrior," we totally understand why. 

  • BLAKE

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    Short and bold, the name Blake refers to one who has dark hair or a dark complexion, but we think it suits any strong young man.

  • LAWRENCE

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    This Latin name will nicely complement a short first name, adding flair to the complete name.

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