100 Best Middle Names for Girls 2020 — Top Girls’ Middle Names

100 Best Middle Names for Girls 2020 — Top Girls’ Middle Names

It takes a lot of pressure to choose the “right” baby name. Do you choose something common or unique? Trendy or classic? When it comes to baby names, are you more of a royal family or a Kardashian family? Would you be delighted or devastated if the name you chose was on the list of the most popular baby names?

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Although the name you choose is secure at the end, there is much less pressure when it comes to a middle name. There, all bets are turned off, and you have more flexibility to go wild with your choices knowing that you won’t have to shout that name 1000 times a day when trying to make your sweet baby become a destroyer – toddler to listen to you.

You can use this place to honor a parent, pass on your maiden name if you changed your last name, or find something a little more “there” than you would like for a first name. These female names are all in fashion – they’re part of the Social Security Administration (SSA) ‘s 50 most popular names, or they’re growing in popularity – and they’re as creative as they are beautiful like your little one.

Find a promising baby name.

In addition to keeping track of the most commonly used baby names, the SSA keeps track of names that have made big leaps in popularity. This year, the best names are understandable – like Meghan, after Meghan Markle – but things get really interesting if you go further down the list. This is where you find interesting names which are not unknown, but which will not be exaggerated in a few years. Some climbers include:

  • Kamilah (up to 261 places in the popular names ranking, with Camila also climbing)
  • Anais (up to 241 places)
  • Berkley (up to 226 places)
  • Zora (up to 212 places)
  • Kehlani and Melani (both up to 177 places)
  • Antonella (up to 161 places)
  • To promise (up to 159 places)
  • Xiomara (up to 130 places)
  • Saoirse (up to 128 places)
  • Sunny (up to 114 places)

Judging by this list, we seem to be heading from names that end with an “a” sound (Emma, Ava, Sophia, Mia) to names that end with an “e” sound (Berkley, Kehlani, Sunny), if you want to be ahead of this trend.

Opt for a trendy middle name.

Baby naming site Nameberry can track user interest in names, as can BabyCenter. These lists give you a more up-to-date overview of the names that parents are currently interested in (as opposed to the SSA, which compiles which babies were actually named in a given year and publishes its list the following spring). Some of the current favors from those users who have not yet made the SSA top 50 include:

  • Maeve
  • Isla
  • Ophelia
  • Eloise
  • Cora
  • Geneviève
  • Aurelia
  • Maya
  • Ivy
  • Alice
  • Iris
  • Amaliya
  • Nova
  • Everly
  • Gianna
  • Eliana
  • Paisley
  • Elena
  • willow

Find a name that honors your heritage.

If you are hesitant to have a “junior” or if your baby shares his first name with a parent, you can use a middle name to honor your family. It could also give you a familiar name, because vintage names like Beatrice, Josephine, Margot, Ruby, Pink, Willa are all gaining popularity. Or, you can insert an old last name (after all, last names as first names are a trend, like names like Ainsley, Eden, Ellis, Hayden, Kennedy, and Piper can attest). And if that doesn’t work, you can try using a name that celebrates your family’s legacy – international names, like these climbing names below, are also hot:

  • Alessia
  • Alma
  • Freya
  • Gem
  • Louise
  • Luciana
  • Malia
  • Mariam
  • Valentina

Choose one of the most popular baby names for girls.

According to the SSA, these are the reigning champions of the girls:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabelle
  5. Sophia
  6. Charlotte
  7. Mia
  8. Amelia
  9. Harper
  10. Evelyn
  11. Abigail
  12. Emilie
  13. Elizabeth
  14. Mila
  15. Ella
  16. Avery
  17. Sofia
  18. Camila
  19. Aria
  20. Scarlett
  21. Victoria
  22. Madison
  23. Luna
  24. Grace
  25. Chloe
  26. Penelope
  27. Layla
  28. Riley
  29. Zoey
  30. Nora
  31. Lily
  32. Eleanor
  33. Hannah
  34. Lillian
  35. Addison
  36. Aubrey
  37. Ellie
  38. Stella
  39. Natalie
  40. Zoe
  41. Horrible
  42. Hazelnut
  43. Purple
  44. Dawn
  45. Savannah
  46. Audrey
  47. Brooklyn
  48. Bella
  49. Claire
  50. Skylar
Marisa LaScala
Parenting & Relationships Editor