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Most popular middle names for girls

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Cattenberg Sun 11-Feb-18 12:28:21

I don't know if there are statistics on middle names in the UK and I was wondering what the most common ones were. What middle names do the children you know have?

I really like a one-syllable middle name that goes well with the chosen first name and our surname. But I suspect that every other girl might have it.

MikeUniformMike Sun 11-Feb-18 12:31:51

Rose, May/Mae and Grace seem to be popular.

kimlo Sun 11-Feb-18 12:32:32


Meemzinha Sun 11-Feb-18 12:33:39

Rae/Ray is quite popular too!

BrutusMcDogface Sun 11-Feb-18 12:35:05

Rose and May smile

Louise, Rae (hate this name, especially when it's hyphenated onto a first name), Grace

MikeUniformMike Sun 11-Feb-18 12:59:07

Eve is probably quite popular
Ann(e) and Jane used to be very popular in the mid 20th century
Claire seems a bit dated but is nice.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sun 11-Feb-18 13:02:44

Grace. Mai/Mae/May Kate Sophia.
Rose. Ellen.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sun 11-Feb-18 13:03:49

Evelyn. Olivia.

IVflytrap Sun 11-Feb-18 13:05:49

Grace or Rose. They're very pretty, but they do seem to be the "default" girls' middle name these days.

MancUnicorn Sun 11-Feb-18 13:07:52

Girls: Rose/May/Grace
Boys: Charlie/George

All born within the last 2 years

CuteOrangeElephant Sun 11-Feb-18 13:08:57

My DD has Joan as a middle name.

floriad Sun 11-Feb-18 13:22:41

Currently? Probably Mae / May, Katherine, Rose and Grace.

Alice, Louise, Charlotte and Elizabeth used to be really popular middle names...

Belindabauer Sun 11-Feb-18 14:52:52

Not sure now but a few years ago it was all grace, may, rose.

Cattenberg Sun 11-Feb-18 22:23:00

And the middle name I had in mind was the very first name mentioned ... Rose! I thought it might be popular.

My own middle name is Jane, so not very original either.

I quite like Joan, and think it might be ready to come round again.

Glumglowworm Sun 11-Feb-18 22:30:04

Definitely Rose or May/Mae/mai for this generation

My best friend and I have the same middle name along with most girls born in the 70s and 80s (Louise). Our mums have the same middle name too which was extremely popular in the 40s/50s (Ann/Anne)

If you love it then use it anyway. Rose is a gorgeous name which is exactly why it’s so popular. Having a middle name in common with several of her classmates is far less an issue than sharing a first name.

floriad Sun 11-Feb-18 22:38:51

the top 10 middle names in 2016 in the UK (according to this...):


RosieCotton Mon 12-Feb-18 01:13:42

All my friends have Louise or Marie as middle names. While I have Anne. But we are all heading into our 30s. Lately there's so many rose, grace, hope, may,

elderlee Mon 12-Feb-18 14:09:12

Common ones as far as I know are:
Rose (but I think it still is gorgeous! and classy)

SadieHufflepuff Mon 12-Feb-18 19:49:07

Grace, Jane, May, Mae, Mai, Louise, Lola, Lily, Rose

EllenJanethickerknickers Mon 12-Feb-18 19:53:30

My gorgeous niece is called Chloe Jean, after my mum. It has quite a retro feel, Norma Jean, Billie Jean etc. But just as a middle name, not hyphenated.

Cattenberg Mon 12-Feb-18 22:31:01

Some lovely names on this thread. I agree they're popular for a reason.

That's a great link, Floriad, thanks.

toffee1000 Mon 12-Feb-18 23:15:35

I think I saw some article somewhere (clearly a pisstake/exaggeration) that every woman in their early 20s has the middle name Louise. It was probably particularly popular in the late 80s/90s. I don’t think I actually know anyone with the middle name Louise (I may well do I just can’t think of it). Two of my friends have Isabel and Rebecca, another has Sarah. Mine is a family name (not very common at that) and I’ve never encountered anybody else with my middle name (Marjorie, after my great-grandmother).

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