What are some names that you usually see….
yellowwattsParticipant1 month, 3 weeks ago
up front but would like to see used in the middle? Trying to expand my middle name lists.
embraParticipant1 month, 3 weeks ago
For first names, I favor classic but less-common names. This might not be an issue for you, but I think the middle is a great spot for names I love, but shy away from due to their high popularity. For me, Emily and Charlotte pop to mind for a girl and Noah and Liam for a boy.
ashthedreamerParticipant1 month, 3 weeks ago
I don’t know, haha–middle names are generally, for me, either second-rate favorites (like Aurora, Ophelia, Penelope, Lydia), or names that have tons of significance (Poppy, Eleanor, Giovanna, Aurora), so I really couldn’t say. There’s no one type of name I’d be like, “Ohh, I wish people would use that as a middle name more!” haha. It’s usually the other way around–”Oh, I wish people would use that name up front more!”
I do love seeing Noah as a MN for a boy, though, and I think the world could handle having many more ____ Noahs, rather than Noah _____s.
I can’t say Isabel(le), because while I LOVE seeing it, and I would love people using it as a middle rather than a first, it seems a crime to stuff it away like that. Olivia… I like seeing it as a middle, sometimes, but it always feels pretty drab as a middle to me. It has to be a very special combo for me to like Olivia in the middle (I can think of three where I really liked Olivia as the middle name: Zara Olivia, Emmeline Olivia, and Hazel Olivia). Sofia! Sofia, maybe? I feel like I’m so over it as a FN, but I do like it as a name, and it has significance to me. I’ve always liked Sofia as a middle (and I still love Annabel Sofia as a combo!). AND EMMA! Omgoodness, I just thought of this, but I LOVE Emma as a middle name. haha. I suppose it doesn’t work in your case, though, Kendra. I much prefer Madeleine as a mn to a fn, too.
For boys… I sort of like Jack as a middle, but I prefer it up front. I LOVE Henry as a middle. It’s not top ten or anything, but it is getting pretty popular, and I love seeing Henry in the MN spot. I don’t like the way Liam flows as a middle, really? I LOVE Joshua and Daniel in the mn spot, too. And Alexander?
lcd1912Participant1 month, 3 weeks ago
I would like to use Violet in the middle since I’m not sure I have the guts to go through with it as a fn.. I love it for many reasons but I also have a few issues with it. at least one of those concerns would be eliminated by using it in the middle. My only problem with it in the middle is I usually like to reserve the MN spot to honor a family member but that too has it’s problems.. I also couldn’t use Violet as a middle name with my favorite bc Maeve Violet runs together & doesn’t flow well in my opinion :/
It is definitely refreshing to see something unexpected in the MN spot, however, names like Marie & James are classic middle names because they really do go great with just about everything!
kimihaParticipant1 month, 2 weeks ago
hmm idk i think of the opposite. i think mae, rose, elizabeth, marie, grace are frequently used as middle names. so much so that they are boring but they would be interesting as first names. i like a middle name to honor a family member or have some kind of significant meaning.
yellowwattsParticipant1 month, 2 weeks ago
Some of mine (off the too of my head) would be….
TwoSapphiresParticipant1 month, 2 weeks ago
Kimiha, I totally agree. I really love Marie especially and would love to see that in the FN spot more often.
I’m not sure if you would consider these less used in the MN spot, but a few that come to mind for me (many of which you may recognize from my girl FN list ) are Josephine, Evangeline, Genevieve, Sarah, Lila, Cora, Elise, and Rebecca. For boys … hmmm, maybe Isaiah, Leo, Josiah, or Isaac.