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160+ Precious Middle Names for Boys

Middle names are special. Some carry the legacy of family members or friends, and others hold special meanings through their origins. Most often, middle names aren’t commonly shared with others until asked, therefore keeping them close to us while preserving their beauty and power. Use this list of middle names for boys to find the perfect name to fit your baby boy. The list includes names of all syllables (one-syllable, two-syllable, etc.) to accommodate names of all different cadences. Explore the meanings behind certain names below and decide which unique middle name sounds just right.

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Baby Name Advice

Have you been looking at hundreds of names and now are wondering how to decide? Don’t fret, because the most important aspect of naming your child is ensuring that the name feels special and true to you. However, if you’re looking for some advice, read over the tips below on how to decide on a name for your baby.

  • Full Name Focus: Before deciding on a name, write down various name options you like alone or together. Envisioning what your child’s full name will look and sound like is important because it should flow and be cohesive. Pair together an assortment of first name, middle name, and last name combinations to see which one you like best in the end.
  • Pay Attention to Initials: Think about what your child’s initials will be with their new name. Certainly, this doesn’t take priority as long as you think their full name serves them well. However, you also don’t want to give them initials that will scar their younger years.
  • Nickname Nominations: Are there any cute nicknames you want for your child? Think through what nicknames could stem from their first name, middle name, or initials.

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Unique Middle Names for Boys

Browse the list below to find a variety of fun middle names for baby boys. Choose a middle name that speaks to you and most of all, have fun! Boy names can be anything from classic to unique and lively so try not to think about it too much— just go with your gut. Your child is sure to love whichever name you choose so enjoy reading through this expansive list of boy middle names to find baby names that are right for you.

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‘A’ Names

Ace

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Excellence

Aiden

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Comforting

Atlas

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: To carry

Augustine

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: The great, venerable

Austin

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Great

‘B’ Names

Bay

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Red hair

Beck

  • Origin: Old Nordic
  • Meaning: Running stream

Bodhi

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Awakened

Bowie

  • Origin: Scottish-Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair-haired

Briar

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Shrub with thorns

Bryn

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Hill

‘C’ Names

Cairo

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Victorious

Cash

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wealthy

Charles

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Free man

Claude

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: stems from “claudicatio” meaning limping or stuttering

Cole

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Swarthy

Cruz

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Cross

‘D’ Names

Damon

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Gentle

Dana

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: “God is my judge”

Dash

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Charming

David

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Beloved

December

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: stems from “decem” meaning ten

Dex

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Right-handed

Drew

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Strong and manly

‘E’ Names

Easton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: derived from East + “tun” (enclosure)

Elijah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: “My God is Yahweh”

Emmett

  • Origin: Hebrew/English/German
  • Meaning: Universal

Emmanuel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: “God is with us”

Everest

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Dweller on River Eure

Ezekiel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God’s strength

‘F’ Names

Fiero

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Proud

Finn

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Fair

Finnegan

  • Origin: Irish/Gaelic
  • Meaning: Son of the fair-haired

Fletcher

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Arrow maker

Forest

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Woodsman, woods

Frost

  • Origin: Danish/Icelandic/Norwegian
  • Meaning: Someone with an unbending disposition

‘G’ Names

Garrett

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Spear, strength

Gavin

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Godsend, white hawk

Grant

  • Origin: English/Gaelic
  • Meaning: Tall, big

Grey

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: Grey-haired

Grove

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Topographic name for someone living near a grove or thicket

‘H’ Names

Haven

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Shelter

Hale

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Nook

Harper

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Harp player

Hayes

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Hedged area

Hendrix

  • Origin: Dutch/German
  • Meaning: Son of Hendrik

Heron

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Hero

Huck

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Bog

‘I’ Names

Indiana

  • Origin: American-English
  • Meaning: Land of the Indians

Indigo

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Indian dye

‘J’ Names

Jace

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Heal

Jaden

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has heard

Jax

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Short for Jackson

Jay

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Victory, triumph

Jet

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Mineral

John

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Yahweh has been gracious

Journey

  • Origin: American- English
  • Meaning: A trip or experience from one place to another

Justice

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Fair-minded

‘K’ Names

Kade

  • Origin: American-English
  • Meaning: Stout, sturdy

Kai

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Sea

Kane

  • Origin: Irish/Gaelic
  • Meaning: Little battler

Kennedy

  • Origin: Irish/Gaelic
  • Meaning: Helmeted chief

Kent

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Edge

Knox

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Round hill

‘L’ Names

Lane

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Wool

Lawrence

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bright one, shining one

Legacy

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Inheritance

Leif

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Beloved

Leo

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Lion

Levi

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Pledged

Lior

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My light

Louis

  • Origin: German/French
  • Meaning: Renowned warrior

‘M’ Names

Maison

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: To make

Matthew

  • Origin: hebrew
  • Meaning: Gift of Yahweh

Matisse

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Gentle spirit

Maverick

  • Origin: American-English
  • Meaning: Independent man

Maxwell

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Spring or stream

McKinley

  • Origin: Scottish/Gaelic
  • Meaning: Son of the white warrior or learned ruler

Meridian

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Highest point

Montana

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Mountainous

‘N’ Names

Nash

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Ash tree

Nate

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has given

Nathaniel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has given

Neil

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: This word can mean cloud, passionate, or champion depending on its derivation

Niall

  • Origin: Irish/Gaelic
  • Meaning: Champion

Nicholas

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Victory of the people

Noah

  • Origin: Biblical/Hebrew
  • Meaning: Repose or rest

Nova

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: New

‘O’ Names

Ocean

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Body of water

Odysseus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Victim of enmity

Oliver

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Olive tree planter

Oren

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Pine tree

Orion

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Dawning

‘P’ Names

Pace

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Peace

Paul

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Small, humble

Paxton

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Peace town

Penn

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Enclosure, hill

Peyton

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Fighting man’s estate

Pike

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Hill

Prince

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Chief

Puck

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Mischievous

‘Q’ Names

Quest

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Voyage

Quincy

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Estate of the fifth son

Quintin

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: The fifth

‘R’ Names

Rain

  • Origin: American-English
  • Meaning: Abundant blessings from above

Ray

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Beam of light

Reed

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Red-haired

Reese

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Ardent, fiery

Rhett

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Fiery

Riley

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Rye

Rio

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: River

Ryder

  • Origin: American-English
  • Meaning: Knight

Rye

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Island meadow

‘S’ Names

Samuel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Name of God

Scott

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Wanderer

Scout

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: To listen

Shae

  • Origin: Irish/Gaelic
  • Meaning: Admirable

Shale

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Nickname for shambler

Shirley

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bright meadow

Slate

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning: Split, break

Steel

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Hard working

Steven

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Wreath, crown

Sutton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Southern settlement

‘T’ Names

Terry

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: Power of the tribe

Theo

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: Brave people

Thomas

  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Meaning: Twin

Tiago

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Supplanter

Tiller

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Occupational name meaning “to till”

Tobias

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is good

Topher

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Bearing Christ

Torrie

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bird

Trey

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning: Three

Tucker

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Occupational name for a fuller

‘U’ Names

Ulysses

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Wounded in the thigh

Uriah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my light

‘V’ Names

Valentino

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Strong

Valor

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Worthiness, bravery

Van

  • Origin: Dutch/Afrikaans
  • Meaning: Of, from

Vaughn

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Small

Vern

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: Alder grove

Verse

  • Origin: Old English/Old French
  • Meaning: A line in writing

Victor

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Conqueror

Vincenzo

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: To conquer or win

‘W’ Names

Wade

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Traveler by the ford

Walker

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Fuller of cloth

Waylon

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Land beside the road

West

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Western stream

Winston

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Joyful stone

Wilde

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Hunter

Worth

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Enclosure, homestead

Wyatt

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Derived from the Old English name “Wigheard” this name means “wig” (war) + “heard” (hardy, strong, brave)

Wynn

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Friend

‘X’ Names

Xavier

  • Origin: Arabic/Basque
  • Meaning: Bright, splendid, new house

Xion

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Remembrance or “I won’t forget you”

‘Y’ Names

Yale

  • Origin: Welsh/Old English
  • Meaning: Heights, upland

Yosef

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God shall add

‘Z’ Names

Zachariah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: “The Lord has remembered”

Zayn

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Beauty, grace

Zenith

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Top, peak

Zeppelin

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Airship, blimp

Zion

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Highest point

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