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250+ Trendy & Uncommonly Cool Middle Names For Boys

Updated on 26 May 2022 • 8 minute read

 

Overview

Searching for the perfect middle name for your new baby boy? We prepared this name list to help you out.

If you’re stumped over how you can choose, below we’ll share some tips to guide you in picking the right one.

It’s a tradition in many families to pick a middle name that honors a grandparent, although others simply use their mother’s maiden name.

Some even choose to name their babies to honor grandparents from each side of the family, so that kids have longer names because they have a first name and two middle names, one for each grandpa or grandma.

You can also opt to use the dad’s name and just add a suffix such as Roman numerals to differentiate. For example, Samuel’s sons can have a first or middle name of “Samuel” followed by a II, III, etc.

The following are some name inspirations you can choose from to pick the perfect name for your baby boy.

 

What Are The Hottest, Most Common, & Popular Middle Names?

Alexander

  • Meaning/Description: Defender of man

 

Andrew

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Strong and manly

 

Anthony

  • Origin: Roman and English
  • Meaning/Description: Highly praiseworthy

 

Charles

  • Meaning/Description: Free man

 

Daniel

  • Origin: Greek and Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: God is my judge

 

David

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: Beloved

 

Edward 

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Wealthy guardian

 

Ethan

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: Solid or firm

 

Henry

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning/Description: Home ruler

 

Jack

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: God is gracious

 

Jacob

  • Origin: Latin and Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Supplanter

 

James

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: Supplanter

 

John

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: God is gracious

 

Lee

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: A clearing in the woods or meadow

 

Paul

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning/Description: Small

 

Richard 

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Brave ruler

 

Theodore 

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Divine gift

 

Thomas 

  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Meaning/Description: Twin

 

William 

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning/Description: Determined protector

 

What Are Good & Contemporary Middle Names For A Boy?

Cash 

  • Origin: English and Latin
  • Meaning/Description: It originally means “hollow” but is now used synonymously with “money.”

 

Dax

  • Meaning/Description: Water or leader

 

Mason

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Artisan who works in stone

 

Nikhil

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning/Description: The entire world

 

Rhett

  • Origin: Dutch and English
  • Meaning/Description: Advice

 

Shay 

  • Meaning/Description: Admirable

 

Stark

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Firm and unyielding

 

Tai

  • Meaning/Description: Great or extreme

 

Inspirational Middle Names For Your Baby

You can choose angel baby names as an inspirational middle name for your baby boy or pick from the following:

 

Leonardo

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning/Description: Lion or brave

 

Rafael

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: God heals

 

Romeo

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning/Description: The name means “pilgrim to Rome,” but it’s best known for the titular character in the famous play “Romeo and Juliet.”

 

What Are Cool & Awesome Middle Names?

Asher

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: Happy and blessed

 

Beckett

  • Origin: English and Irish
  • Meaning/Description: Bee cottage

 

Bodhi

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning/Description: Awakened or knowing

 

Callum 

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning/Description: Dove

 

Cyrus

  • Origin: Persian and Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Far-sighted (as in someone who can see far)

 

Damon

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: To tame or subdue

 

Duke

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: A royal title

 

Link

  • Origin: German and Jewish
  • Meaning/Description: Left-handed person

 

Oliver

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning/Description: From the olive tree

 

Mars

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning/Description: The god of war

 

Poe

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Peacock

 

Twain

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning/Description: Divided into two

 

Wolf

  • Origin: German and English
  • Meaning/Description: Wolf

 

Xander

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning/Description: A protector of men

 

What Are Powerful & Badass Names For A Boy?

Aiden

  • Origin: Irish and Celtic
  • Meaning/Description: God of sun and fire

 

Amar

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning/Description: Immortal or forever

 

Apollo

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Protector or patron

 

Atlas

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: The strongest Greek titan who held the sky and the heavens on his shoulders

 

Bear

  • Origin: Old French and German
  • Meaning/Description: Strong and brave

 

Guenther

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning/Description: A good leader

 

Mason

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning/Description: Stone worker

 

Miles

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: A merciful soldier

 

Oak

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: From the oak trees

 

Taj 

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning/Description: Crown

 

Trace

  • Origin: Anglo-Saxon
  • Meaning/Description: Brave

 

Vidal

  • Meaning/Description: Life

 

Zeus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Greek god of the heavens

 

What Are Up & Coming, Edgy, & Unique Baby Boy Middle Names?

Ander

  • Origin: Scandinavian and Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Lion man

 

Aziel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: God is my power

 

Bram

  • Origin: Hebrew, Scottish, Irish, and Gaelic
  • Meaning/Description: It means “father of a multitude” as a Hebrew name

 

Cale

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: Brave dog

 

Cruz

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning/Description: Cross

 

Dior

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning/Description: Golden

 

Ewan

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: From the yew tree

 

Jaxtyn

  • Origin: American 
  • Meaning/Description: From the town of Jack

 

Karsyn

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: Son of Carr

 

Kenji

  • Meaning/Description: Strong and vigorous

 

Knox

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: A round hill

 

Kobe

  • Origin: Swahili
  • Meaning/Description: Turtle

 

Kylo

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning/Description: Sky

 

Maverick

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning/Description: An independent-minded person who doesn’t give into conformity

 

Ramsay

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: The Island of Garlic

 

Rhys

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning/Description: Enthusiasm

 

Sebastian

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Venerable

 

Tariq

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning/Description: One who knocks at the door

 

Thatcher

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Roof maker

 

Truett

  • Origin: Old Norse and American
  • Meaning/Description: Warrior for Christ

 

Uri 

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: My light

 

Xavier

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning/Description: New house

 

Zane

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: God is gracious

 

Zeke

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: God will strengthen

 

Zyair

  • Meaning/Description: The river that swallows all rivers

 

Traditional, Honor, & Old Man Names For Your Adorable Little One

These baby boy names are old but gold:

 

August

  • Origin: Latin and Roman
  • Meaning/Description: To increase

 

Calvin

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning/Description: Little bald one

 

Clyde

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: The keeper of the keys

 

Gus

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning/Description: Majestic

 

Hank

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning/Description: Home ruler

 

Hugh

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning/Description: Heart, mind, and spirit

 

Louis

  • Origin: German and French
  • Meaning/Description: Famous warrior

 

Otis

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Wealth

 

Otto

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning/Description: Wealth

 

Theo

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Gift from God

 

Walter

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning/Description: Commander of the army

 

Family Names As Middle Names

  • Anderson
  • Ashton
  • Avery
  • Beckham
  • Cooper
  • Davis
  • Ellis
  • Emerson
  • Fletcher
  • Ford
  • Harper
  • Harrison
  • Harvey
  • Hendrix
  • Houston
  • Hudson
  • Huxley
  • Jarvis
  • Keegan
  • Lennon
  • Lennox
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Nixon
  • Parker
  • Percy
  • Riley
  • Sawyer
  • Sullivan
  • Warren
  • Watkins
  • Watson
  • Wilder
  • Wison

 

Meaningful Middle Names

Names That Mean “Peace” in Different Languages

  • Frede – German
  • Salām – Arabic
  • Shalom – Hebrew
  • Sìth – Scottish Gaelic
  • Pace – Italian name
  • Paix – French
  • Paz – Spanish

 

Middle Names Inspired by Nature

Aspen

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning/Description: Nature

 

Bay

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning/Description: Berry

 

Bondi

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning/Description: Beach-lover

 

Caden

  • Origin: Old English and Gaelic
  • Meaning/Description: Marsh

 

Canyon

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: A geographic feature

 

Cedar

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Tree

 

Denver

  • Origin: Old English and French
  • Meaning/Description: Belonging to a green valley

 

Eco

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning/Description: Of the environment

 

Everest

  • Origin: French and English
  • Meaning/Description: To have courage

 

Forest

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Woodsman

 

Hawk

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning/Description: Predatory bird 

 

Homer

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Pledge

 

Keanu

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning/Description: Cool breeze over the mountains

 

Leif

  • Origin: Scandinavian and Old Norse boy name
  • Meaning/Description: Beloved

 

North

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Cardinal direction

 

Ocean

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Large body of water

 

Quest

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: To explore

 

Reed

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Person with red hair

 

Rio

  • Origin: Portuguese and Spanish name
  • Meaning/Description: River

 

Sage

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Herb

 

Silas 

  • Origin: English and Latin
  • Meaning/Description: Wood forest

 

Sky

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: The air or heavens

 

Slate

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Gray-green rock

 

Sol

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning/Description: Sun

 

Sven

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning/Description: Young warrior

 

Van

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning/Description: Cloud

 

Wesley

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Western town

 

West

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Cardinal direction

 

Wolfe 

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning/Description: Variant of wolf

 

Wren

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: A small English bird

 

Middle Names From Around The World

Beautiful Hawaiian Names

  • Akela – Wisdom
  • Akua – Spirit
  • Hani – Happy
  • Inoki – Devoted
  • Ka – Ocean in Hawaiian
  • Kahawai – River
  • Kahu – Guardian
  • Kalama – The light
  • Kalani – From the heavens
  • Kale – Strong
  • Kamalei – Loved child
  • Kayne – Freedom
  • Keahi – Flame
  • Koa – Warrior
  • Mana – Power
  • Miki – Alert
  • Nalu – Wave
  • Noa – Free
  • Pule – Prayer
  • Ua – Rain

 

Celtic Names

Art

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning/Description: Noble one

 

Camden

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: Winding valley

 

Connor

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: Lover of hounds

 

Casey

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: Brave in battle

 

Cian

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: Ancient

 

Darragh

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: Oak

 

Dylan

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning/Description: Son of the sea

 

Finley

  • Origin: Scottish and Irish boy name
  • Meaning/Description: Fair-haired hero

 

Hamish

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: Supplanted

 

Liam

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: Resolute protection

 

Logan

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: Small hollow

 

Merlin

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning/Description: Sea fortress

 

Oisin

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: Little deer

 

Patrick

  • Origin: Latin and Irish
  • Meaning/Description: Nobleman

 

Sean

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: God is gracious

 

Celebrity, Film, & Cartoon Inspired Middle names

Anakin

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning/Description: Character in “Star Wars” with a name that means “warrior”

 

Bart

  • Origin: Hebrew 
  • Meaning/Description: Character in “The Simpson’s” whose name means “son of the earth”

 

Elvis

  • Origin: Scandinavian 
  • Meaning/Description: Namesake for “Elvis Presley,” whose name means “all-wise”

 

Flynn 

  • Origin: Irish 
  • Meaning/Description: The “prince charming” of Disney princess Rapunzel in the modernized version of the fairytale “Tangled.”

 

Olaf

  • Origin: Norse
  • Meaning/Description: The adorable snowman in “Frozen” whose name means “ancestral heritage”

 

First Names To Use As Middle Names For Boys

One-Syllable Boy Middle Names

Ace 

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Unity

 

Beau

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning/Description: Handsome

 

Beck 

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: One who lives beside a small stream

 

Blake 

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning/Description: Pale or blonde

 

Brooks 

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: A small stream

 

Clark 

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: A secretary or scholar

 

Cole

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Black

 

Finn 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: White-haired

 

Fox 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: A fox, a cunning and intelligent animal

 

Grant

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: Large

 

Huck 

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning/Description: Mischief

 

Jax

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: God is gracious

 

Jayce

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Healer

 

Jude

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: The praised one

 

Kai

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning/Description: From the sea

 

Krish 

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning/Description: The name means “hero” but is also associated with the Hindu god Krishna. 

 

Max

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning/Description: The greatest

 

Nash 

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning/Description: From the ash tree

 

Pike 

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Spear

 

Quinn

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Latin
  • Meaning/Description: “To give counsel” (Irish or Gaelic) or “fifth” (Latin)

 

Reeve 

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Bailiff

 

Ren 

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning/Description: A water lily or lotus

 

Rhodes 

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Where roses grow

 

Ross 

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: A place in Northern Scotland

 

Smith

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning/Description: Someone who works with metal

 

Tad 

  • Origin: Greek and Aramaic 
  • Meaning/Description: Heart

 

Tag 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: Handsome

 

Tripp

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning/Description: Stepping lightly

 

Vin 

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning/Description: Conquering

 

Wes 

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning/Description: Someone from the western meadow

 

Two-Syllable Boy Middle Names

Cillian

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning/Description: Little church

 

Dougal

  • Origin: Gaelic 
  • Meaning/Description: Dark stranger

 

Easton 

  • Origin: Old English 
  • Meaning/Description: From the east

 

Levi

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: Joined in harmony

 

Joseph

  • Origin: Latin and Greek
  • Meaning/Description: He will add

 

Maddox

  • Origin: Welsh 
  • Meaning/Description: Son of Madoc

 

Matthew 

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Gift of God

 

Maxwell

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning/Description: Great stream

 

Michael 

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: He who is like God

 

Noah 

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: Rest

 

Three-Syllable Middle Names For Boys

Some cool three-syllable names for your baby:

 

Atticus

  • Origin: Roman
  • Meaning/Description: Roman nickname that means “a man from Attica”

 

Benjamin 

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: Son of the south

 

Christopher 

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning/Description: Bearer of Christ

 

Elijah 

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: God is my Yahweh

 

Zebedee

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning/Description: Gift of God

 

Unisex & Gender-Neutral Middle Names

These unique middle names can also make great baby girl names or another choice for your little boy:

 

Aren

  • Origin: Armenian
  • Meaning/Description: Mountain of strength

 

Emery 

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning/Description: Brave and powerful

 

Imani 

  • Origin: Swahili
  • Meaning/Description: Faith

 

Jeong 

  • Meaning/Description: Quiet or still

 

Moss

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Descendant of Moses or a soft green plant growing around the base of trees

 

Noel

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning/Description: Christmas

 

Rain

  • Origin: English and American
  • Meaning/Description: Abundant blessings from above

 

Reese

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: Enthusiasm

 

Saint 

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning/Description: A holy person

 

Scout 

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning/Description: To listen

 

Yuki 

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning/Description: Excellence or superiority

 

FAQs

Do I Have Freedom To Pick A Good Middle Name?

Of course. In the US and most places, parents have the freedom to choose any name they want for their baby in the spelling or variation they wish to use.

 

What’s The Best Middle Name?

There isn’t one particular name that’s the best for everyone, especially because each name has a different meaning. 

 

How Can I Choose An Awesome Middle Name?

Here are some tips to help you out:

  • Make a list of the ones that you think would best suit your baby.
  • Remember that there’s no right or wrong name, so you can also pick your baby’s middle name from popular first names.
  • Check if the name is gender-neutral or best used for baby girls only.
  • Try to say the name out loud: on its own and with your baby’s other names (first name and family name). If it sounds weird, it might be best to drop it and find another middle name.
  • Once you pick the names, it’s also good to check for your baby’s initials. Try to avoid having initials that could sound offensive.

 

 

 

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