200+ Unique and Meaningful Middle Names for Girls

Updated on January 14, 2019

History of the Middle Name

The Western history of giving middle names dates back to Roman times. The more names you had, the more respected you were considered to be in society. Your first name (praenomen) would be a personal name you were called by, your last name (nomen) would be your family name, and your cognomen typically indicated what branch of the family you belonged to (e.g. Nero Caesar Augustus). Upper-class men all had three or more names, but women only had two. Slaves had only one name.

In the post-Roman Western world, middle names were often saint names, given to both girls and boys at Baptism. In the United States, children typically take their mother's maiden name or the naturally get a third name because they are given a two-word name, such as Mary Anne or Betsy Lou. In recent decades, with famous celebrities going by their middle names, it has become a trend for parents to choose something pretty and meaningful for their daughters that typically compliments the first name.

Tip: Be a bit daring when it comes to choosing a middle name since your daughter won't be called this name out loud. You should choose something really striking and unique, like the name of a planet, an exotic goddess, or a natural element. My favorites are Star, Lake, and Honey.

Cute Middle Names for Girls

  1. Adele: French for tender and kind
  2. Alice: Noble and truthful
  3. Belle: French for beautiful
  4. Blair: One who dwells in the plains
  5. Bree: Strong and full of virtue
  6. Brooke: A gentle stream
  7. Caprice: French for "whimsical"
  8. Cerise: French for "cherry"
  9. Dawn: As bright as the morning rays
  10. Fawn: Sweet and innocent
  11. Fern: Fresh like the fern plant
  12. Leigh: English for delicate or meadow
  13. Lynn: A pool beneath a waterfall
  14. Mae: A discerning person
  15. Love: A unique name for a girl full of affection
  16. Olive: Like an olive tree
  17. Pearl: Precious gem
  18. Rylie: Someone strong

One-Syllable Middle Names

  1. Blue: A beautiful color that evokes a sense of clarity and serenity
  2. Dawn: The beginning of a new day
  3. Faith: Trusting in all things
  4. Fay/Faye: Old French for "fairy"
  5. Grace: Meaning "God's favor" or love towards mankind
  6. Hope: Someone with positive expectation or the virtue of hope
  7. Jade: A precious green stone
  8. Jo: A traditional country or Southern name
  9. Lane: An Old English name for someone who lived in a lane (down a narrow street between fences)
  10. May or Mae: A pet name for Mary or Margaret
  11. Paige: Meaning "young helper or child"
  12. Rain: Nurturing and refreshing
  13. Ray/Rae/Raye: Bright like the sun's rays
  14. Reeve: A steward or bailiff
  15. Rose: Delicate and beautiful like the flower
  16. Skye/Sky: An ever-growing popular name

Unique and Girly Middle Names

Abigail
Alisha
Amber
Amora
Anika
Aphrodite
Avery
Blake
Brielle
Celine
Coral
Dakota
Della
Devine
Eden
Emma
Farrah
Fayre
France
Genisis
Georgia
Iowa
Isa
Josie
Journey
Juniper
Keva
Layla
Lexi
Luna
Lux
Lyric
Maisie
Meadow
Monroe
Nalia
Paige
Penelope
River
Saturn
Tenley
Trinity

Exotic and Feminine Names

  1. Zaylee: Of Australian origin. It means flower.
  2. Anais: Persian goddess of healing and fertility
  3. Thea: Greek goddess of light
  4. Demi: Abbreviation of Demetria, the Goddess of corn and harvest
  5. Arya: Indian word for "goddess"
  6. Cia: Greek for "of the moon"
  7. Vera: Latin for "truth"
  8. Isla: It means "island" in Scottish
  9. Ireland: Her friends will be green with envy
  10. Imani: African for "faith"
  11. Raven: For fans of Edgar Allen Poe or the bird itself
  12. Reese: Welsh name meaning "enthusiasm"
  13. Anise: A spice and also means "pure soul"
  14. Elein: Native American for "as bright as a torch"
  15. Regan: Irish for "a little ruler"
  16. Eyre: Like our story heroine, Jane Eyre

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Traditional Middle Names

  1. Anne or Ann: A name of Jewish origin that means "gracious"
  2. Marie: Lady of the sea or lady of sorrow
  3. Claire: Bright and clear
  4. Jane: God is gracious
  5. Sue: Associated with the Lily flower because lilies grew in the Biblical city of Susa in Persia.
  6. Zoe: It means "life" in Greek
  7. Lee: Chinese for plum
  8. Kate: Pure or clear
  9. Louise: German name for "famous warrior"
  10. Scarlett: Bright red
  11. Clementine: mild and gentle; associated with the cute citrus fruit
  12. Violet: A fragrant purple flower
  13. Elizabeth: God is satisfaction
  14. Lou: A derivative of Louis, a traditional French name used by many French Kings over the centuries
  15. Jean: French version of the name "John," which means "the Lord is gracious"
  16. Sophia: Wisdom or skill

Beautiful, Feminine Middle Names

Amelia
Angelou
Annabel
Aster
Bailee
Bay
Beth
Blanche
Caleen
Candice
Carelyn
Caylen
Claudia
Coraline
Dahlia
Denise
Ebony
Eden
Ellen
Elodie
Eloise
Erin
Francis
Gwen
Harper
Hazel
Holly
Irene
Iris
Ivy
Jolie
Joy
Jules
Julien
Juliet
Kylie
Lark
Maddie
Matilda
Maybel
Mercy
Mirabel
Naomi
Nova
Pax
Ruth
Sofia
Suzanne
True
Willow
Winter

Strong Middle Names for Girls

  1. Zion: heaven on earth
  2. Diana: divine
  3. Michelle: Like God
  4. Valerie: brave or valiant
  5. Serena: a champion
  6. Audrey: noble strength
  7. Phoenix: a strong mythical bird
  8. Brienne: strength
  9. Billie: resolute protector
  10. Leona: means lion

Unisex Middle Names

Alex
Ashton
Blaise
Blake
Blue
Denver
Devon
Dylan
Harley
Jazz
Jess
Jordan
Justice
Kennedy
Lake
London
Morgan
Parker
Quinn
Riley
Robin
Rory
Royal
Sage
Sam
Scout
Sydney
Skylar
Storm
Taylen
Taylor
Teagan
Winter

Virtuous Names

It's becoming a trend to use virtues as names.

  • Honor
  • Courage
  • Justice
  • Mercy
  • Hope
  • Love
  • Grace
  • Brave

Names Inspired by the Natural World

Nature names are great too. Get creative and do something unique!

  • Abalone
  • Aspen
  • Autumn
  • Blossom
  • Cascade
  • Fleur
  • Misty
  • Peach
  • Soleil
  • Terra
  • Wolfe

Common Examples You Can Use

  • Anne Marie
  • Charlotte Rose
  • Kate Louise
  • Fanny Mae
  • Wilma Lou
  • Anna Belle
  • Mary Jo

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