100 Trendy Middle Name for Boys That Are Uniquely Him

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One of the first decisions you have to make as a parent is also one of the toughest: choosing a baby name. You want to find the perfect name, stay true to yourselves as parents, take family preferences into account and avoid baby-name regret, all without meeting the new baby and getting to know his personality first. It's a lot of up-front responsibility.

For middle names, though, the pressure just isn't there. No parent ever really complains that their baby's middle name is too popular. That gives you more leeway in the names you consider. You can look at the current trends for baby boy names and choose one without fear that your child is going to be one of dozens in his class with the same moniker. Or you could ignore them altogether, and go for a more out-there name — like the current crop of celebrity baby names. These middle names for boys are all currently on-trend. Use them as inspiration, and ensure that your son will have a strong middle to go with their first. (And if you're looking for middle names for girls or gender-neutral names, we have those, too.)

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Find an old-fashioned name
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If you don't want to use the baby's first name to honor a grandfather or great-grandfather, the middle name is a perfect spot. Bonus: Old-fashioned names is also one of the top baby boy name trends, and has been for a few years now. Need proof? Just look to Megan Markle and Prince Harry — Archie had a huge bump in popularity even before it was chosen as a royal baby name.

  • Ace
  • August
  • Calvin
  • Clyde
  • Gus
  • Hank
  • Hugh
  • Jude
  • Louis
  • Otis
  • Otto
  • Theo
  • Walter
Go cute.
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Some of those old-fashioned names, including Archie, are traditionally nicknames — and that's another huge baby-naming trend for boys. The more adorable, the better in fact. The baby-naming website Nameberry sees an increase in interest for these playful boy names.

  • Bear
  • Buddy
  • Lucky
  • Ozzy
  • Rocky
  • Sonny
  • Teddy
  • Ziggy
Or go with a last name.
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Using a traditional last name as a first or middle name is another naming trend — in the end, it's getting harder to tell the difference between the two. Using a family last name as your baby's middle name is another good way of honoring your family tree. Or, if you want to borrow from someone else's family, here's some last-name-as-middle-name inspiration:

  • Beckham
  • Cooper
  • Ellis
  • Emerson
  • Fletcher
  • Flynn
  • Harrison
  • Hendrix
  • Houston
  • Hudson
  • Lennon
  • Monroe
  • Nixon
  • Parker
  • Warren
  • Watson
  • Wison
Choose an up-and-coming name.
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You may be afraid to pick a trendy name as a first name, for fear that it'll become too popular, but a middle name gives you a chance to choose a name that's of-the-moment. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has identified names that are increasing in popularity, and there are some creative options on the list.

  • Ander
  • Aziel
  • Dior
  • Jakobe
  • Jaxtyn
  • Karsyn
  • Kenji
  • Kobe
  • Kylo
  • Ocean
  • Truett
  • Zyair

Plus, there's our all-time favorite up-and-coming name, Keanu, which jumped 120 places in rank this year.

Pick one of the most popular baby boy names.
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If you want to go with a good, established name, these boy names are currently the reigning champs, according to the SSA:

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Oliver
  4. Elijah
  5. William
  6. James
  7. Benjamin
  8. Lucas
  9. Henry
  10. Alexander
  11. Mason
  12. Michael
  13. Ethan
  14. Daniel
  15. Jacob
  16. Logan
  17. Jackson
  18. Levi
  19. Sebastian
  20. Mateo
  21. Jack
  22. Owen
  23. Theodore
  24. Aiden
  25. Samuel
  26. Joseph
  27. John
  28. David
  29. Wyatt
  30. Matthew
  31. Luke
  32. Asher
  33. Carter
  34. Julian
  35. Grayson
  36. Leo
  37. Jayden
  38. Gabriel
  39. Isaac
  40. Lincoln
  41. Anthony
  42. Hudson
  43. Dylan
  44. Ezra
  45. Thomas
  46. Charles
  47. Christopher
  48. Jaxon
  49. Maverick
  50. Josiah
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