Middle Names For Girls (And How To Choose the Perfect One) - Real Mom Recs

Middle Names For Girls (And How To Choose the Perfect One)

Still scouring lists of middle names for girls trying to find the perfect one to round out your baby’s name? We might be able to help! Here are some guidelines for choosing a middle name as well as a list of great middle name choices.


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Balancing syllables

The perfect middle name for your baby girl should complement the first name melodically. One way to do this is to pair a 2 or 3 syllable name with a short and sweet one syllable middle name.

Examples of 2+ syllable first names paired with 1 syllable middle names:

  • Olivia Grace
  • Chloe Jane
  • Aria Lynn
  • Isla Mae
  • Gabriella Faith
  • Emily Rose

In contrast, if you are using a short first name, balance it with a longer middle name:

  • Sloan Alexandra
  • Joy Christine
  • Grace Victoria

Potential Problems

Consider each of the following to avoid a potential naming mismatch.

1. Meaning

When choosing a middle name, avoid creating a name that makes an actual phrase with meaning, such as Scarlett Rose or Summer Rain. While these names might be cute for a baby, keep in mind your daughter will grow up to be an adult. She may not find it as adorable when she matures.

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Sadly, this little cutie won’t stay little forever

2. Slurring/sliding sounds

Another middle name problem to watch out for is “sliding” sounds. Avoid having the last sound of the first name be repeated in the first sound of the middle name, which gives the effect of the two names sliding or slurring together. Examples of this would be Delores Sabine, Faith Thelma, or Joy Yasmine.

3. Rhyme/repeated sounds 

Names with the same sound in them don’t tend to flow well together. It would sound repetitive to pair Danielle with Gabrielle, for example, because they both end with “-elle”. Other examples would be:

  • Cambree Riley
  • Julianna Ariana
  • Aria Myra

It can be tempting to go with two ultra-feminine names that both end in “a”, but two “a” names rarely sound good together. Try going with an alternate version of the one of the names so they complement each other better:

  • Brianna Elle instead of Brianna Ella
  • Gia Camille instead of Gia Camilla

Multiple a-ending names together can sound sing-songy. Remember, you want the two names to complement, not match!

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4. Alliteration

Lastly, be careful with alliteration. You don’t need to always avoid it, but if you use it make sure it flows well and doesn’t sound like a Dr. Seuss reader.

Examples of alliteration done well:

  • Rebecca Renee (has enough other sounds to break up the Rs)
  • Emma Elizabeth (the repeated E sound is subtle, not in-your-face)

Examples of alliteration done badly:

  • Reese Rose (too repetitive/choppy)
  • Cora Catherine (two hard-c’s is harsh sounding)
  • Lillian Lee (too much of the same sound)


Most people opt for first names that are more fresh and unique, while sticking to classic and traditional for middle names. This works well because it avoids having a name combination that is too trendy or “out there”. Then again, if you choose a more simple old-fashioned name for the first name, feel free to get a little more creative with the middle.

  • Brinley Anne (trendy + classic)
  • Sara Everly (classic + trendy)
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She is perfect. Her name should be too!

The First Place to Start When Choosing a Middle Name

Before even browsing middle names, the first place to look is your family tree.

Middle names are a great way to honor family members without having to actually use the name on a daily basis. It’s also nice to have a story to give your daughter when she someday asks you how she got her name. “We named you after Great Aunt Sara, who loved gardening and always made the best pies for Thanksgiving” is a more meaningful than “we just liked it”.

Looking through the family tree is also a great way to find more timeless, classic names which make great middle names.

So sit down with your partner. Write down the first and middle name of your mother and grandmothers. Then list off all your aunts and great aunts. Go through all the female relatives you can think of. Even call older family members and have them name all the women in the previous generations that you may not know. Then browse both lists and look for anything you both like.

If those lists still don’t have any standouts for you, by all means check out this list!

Middle Names for Girls LIST

You will find mostly classic, timeless and traditional names on this list, since those tend to work well as middle names.

One Syllable Names

  • Jane
  • Elle
  • Rose
  • Pearl
  • Lane
  • Hope
  • Faith
  • Lou
  • Mae
  • Eve
  • Lynn
  • Faye
  • Rain
  • Grace
  • June
  • Dawn
  • Lee/Leigh
  • Joy
  • Jean
  • Rae
  • Belle
  • Jade
  • Paige
  • Ruth
  • Anne
  • Jo
  • Claire
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Does she look like Nora Louise? Or Ava Leigh?

2 or More Syllable Names

  • Catherine
  • Elizabeth
  • Eleanor
  • Margaret
  • Caroline
  • Evelyn
  • Josephine
  • Rebecca
  • Elise
  • Willa
  • Samantha
  • Charlotte
  • Marie
  • Louise
  • Elaine
  • Camille
  • Renee
  • Juliet
  • Abigail
  • Mary
  • Lucille
  • Victoria
  • Tabitha
  • Suzanne
  • Beatrice
  • Jillian
  • Ivette
  • Jacqueline
  • Audrey
  • Diane
  • Isabelle
  • Madeline
  • Alice
  • Lucy
  • Melina
  • Molly
  • Hannah
  • Helen
  • Lorraine
  • Alexandra

What is your favorite first+middle girls name combination?

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  1. I really like this article and my husband and I tried to follow the same idea when naming our girls. We have Penelope Ann, Anastasia Rose and Isabeau Grace. We also considered Evangeline Grace, Vivienne Leigh, Juliette Jayne and Rosalie Rae. All the middle names are based on names from our families. We picked first names then went through our families to find middle names that would flow with the first.

  2. My husband and I are having a hard time pairing something with Rosalie, I want Rosalie Frances (my husband’s name is Frank) but I’m scared that’s too long or too many syllables…What do y’all think?

    1. I think those two names pair beautifully together! As far as it being too long, I guess I would have to consider the last name. Rosalie Frances Banks doesn’t strike me as too long at all, but Rosalie Frances McGonagall is a tad cumbersome. Hope that helps!

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