If you picked a long first name for your baby or you have a long surname, a short middle name works best to break up the cadence. But if you want to look beyond the more traditional middle names like Ann, Lynn, Lee and James, you’ll find that there are plenty of more unique options. (And since middle names are rarely used, you can have a little more fun with them, too!)
Consider one of these sweet and short baby middle names before you commit to a longer one:
Ace has that rock star vibe thanks to KISS guitarist Ace Frehley—and a popular name now for several celebrity babies.
Bee could be considered short for the classic Beatrice—or a buzzworthy name in its own right.
Cam is short for Cameron or Camilla—and the perfect short middle if you want something that works for either sex.
Actor Dax Shepard (hubby of actress Kristen Bell) is the claim to fame for this baby name, which comes from a legendary spa in France. (Ooh la la!)
This classic Hebrew name means “ascended.”
The forest animal or the FBI agent who sought supernatural truths on The X-Files could be your baby name inspiration for this pick.
A short form of Augustus, which means magnificent, Gus has become a popular name in its own right lately.
This is usually considered a short form of Harold or Henry, and shares their meaning—ruler. For sci-fi fans, it’s also the name of the computer that goes a little mad in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A cooler and fresher nature-themed name, Ivy is an evergreen plant, so it’s often associated with eternity and fidelity.
Three letters can pack a lot of sentiment, as in this cheerful word name pick.
Thank Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington for putting this nickname for Christopher back on the radar.
This grand name means “lion,” and is considered a variation of Leonardo.
This could be considered an alternative spelling of the spring month—or a variation on the name Mary.
Without the H at the end, Noa is usually given to girls, and means “in motion.”
The stately and strong tree type makes for a stately and strong middle name.
Star Wars fans will recognize this as the first name of roguish pilot Dameron from the latest trilogy, while everyone else will remember master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe.
The Spanish word for river could be a stylish unisex middle name.
Looking for a nature name that isn’t too frilly or floral? Sky might just be what you’re seeking.
You can’t get much shorter than this middle name, a pared down version of Tyler. Baseball legend Ty Cobb was the most famous wearer.
Actress Uma Thurman is the claim to fame for this girls’ name, which means nation in Sanskrit.
Usually part of a Dutch surname (think Vincent Van Gogh), several actors have used Van as a cool first.
Short for names like Winifred and Winston, Win also has that wonderful, victorious word meaning.
A unisex option with a cool “X” initial, Xen is a variation on zen, and shares its meaning.
Yul means “beyond the horizon,” and is most famously linked with The King and I star Yul Brynner.
This stylish girls’ name means “life,” and it’s been a top 50 favorite for girls for the past decade.