100 Middle Names for Girls That Are Trendy and Timeless

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There is a lot of pressure involved in choosing the "right" first name for your baby. Do you go for something popular, or unique? When it comes to baby names, are you more of a traditional Royal Family, or more of a boundary-pushing Kardashian family? Would you be delighted, or devastated, if you name you picked ended up on the list of most popular baby names?

Then when it comes to a middle name, all bets are off. Since your child will, in the future, have the choice to use a middle name or not, you have room to go a little more "out there" than you would with a first name. Then again, middle names are often a place where families are honored, either through using an initial, using a last name as a middle name or choosing a middle name from a family member.

If you're looking for inspiration for middle names for girls, it also helps to know what names are becoming hotter. The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a list of the most popular baby names for girls, so you can see which trends are on the rise. Whichever name you pick, it'll suit her perfectly. (And if you're looking for middle names for boys or gender-neutral names, we have those, too.)

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Find a baby name that's up-and-coming.
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In addition to keeping track of the most-often-used baby names, the SSA keeps track of names that have taken big leaps in popularity. That's where you find interesting names that aren't unheard of, but won't be overdone in a couple of years. Some climbers include:

  • Avayah (up 1,547 places in the popular name ranking from 2019)
  • Denisse and Denise (up 942 places and 522 places, respectively)
  • Jianna (up 824 places)
  • Capri (up 608 places)
  • Rosalia (up 542 places)
  • Zhuri (up 398 places)
  • Haisley (up 382 places)
  • Novah (up 347 places)
  • Murphy (up 327 places)
  • Jaylin (up 326 places)

Judging from this list, we seem to be headed from names that end in an "a" (Emma, Ava, Sophia, Mia) to names that end in an "ah" (Avayah, Novah). Names that an "e" sound (Capria, Zhuri, Haisley) also seem to be up-and-coming, if you want to be ahead of that trend.

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Go for a trendy middle name.
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The baby-naming sites like Nameberry, BabyCenter and The Bump keep track of its users' choices and interest in names. These lists give you a more up-to-the-minute snapshot of names that parents are currently interested in (as opposed to the SSA, which compiles what babies were actually named in a given year, and releases its list the next spring). Some current faves of these users that have not yet made the SSA top 100 for girls include:

  • Amara
  • Arabella
  • Aurelia
  • Eloise
  • Hayden
  • Imogen
  • Kai
  • Lyla
  • Maeve
  • Malia
  • Millie
  • Noelle
  • Ophelia
  • Parker
  • Remi
  • Reese
  • River
  • Rose
  • Rowan
  • Rylee
Find a name that honors your heritage.
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If you're reluctant to have a "junior," or have your baby share its first name with a relative, you can use a middle name as a way of honoring your family. Doing so might also land you an au courant name, since vintage names like Beatrice, Josephine, Margot, Edith, Rose, Willa are all increasing in popularity. Or, you can slot in an old family last name (after all, last-names-as-first-names is a trend, as names like Ainsley, Eden, Ellis, Sloane, Kennedy, and Piper can attest). And if that doesn't work, you can try using a name that celebrates your family's heritage, like these climbing names below, are also hot:

  • Alessia
  • Alma
  • Astrid
  • Dulce
  • Estella
  • Freya
  • Giovanna
  • Khalani
  • Saoirse
  • Yara
Choose one of the current most popular baby names for girls.
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According to the SSA, these are the reigning champs for girls:

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Ava
  4. Charlotte
  5. Sophia
  6. Amelia
  7. Isabella
  8. Mia
  9. Evelyn
  10. Harper
  11. Camila
  12. Gianna
  13. Abigail
  14. Luna
  15. Ella
  16. Elizabeth
  17. Sofia
  18. Emily
  19. Avery
  20. Mila
  21. Scarlett
  22. Eleanor
  23. Madison
  24. Layla
  25. Penelope
  26. Aria
  27. Chloe
  28. Grace
  29. Ellie
  30. Nora
  31. Hazel
  32. Zoey
  33. Riley
  34. Victoria
  35. Lily
  36. Aurora
  37. Violet
  38. Nova
  39. Hannah
  40. Emilia
  41. Zoe
  42. Stella
  43. Everly
  44. Isla
  45. Leah
  46. Lillian
  47. Addison
  48. Willow
  49. Lucy
  50. Paisley
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