Whenever moms are looking into naming a son or a daughter, whether they are expecting or if they are naming future children- there are so many factors to consider. If moms are concerned about using a name that is overly popular, then they would want to avoid using a name that is currently in the top 10 list.
On the flip side, if you don't want your child to have an overly unique or eccentric name but don't want to run the risk of having 10 other classmates with the same name- then you would probably go with a name that is in the top 100 or even in the top 1000.
However, those are not only the factors to look at when you are choosing a name. If you decide to pair the first name up with a middle name, as most couples do nowadays in most cultures, then you will need to determine what names sound good together. If you like two different names for a child of one sex or the other, you have to determine if both of those names can be used together. If they sound nice together, then by all means. However, if both names that you like sound awful together, you will have to broaden your choices. This way, you will be able to land on a name combination that you like, and that sounds good together.
If you are looking for some baby naming inspiration, here are 20 first and middle name combinations that sound lovely together.
20 Autumn Lily
Season names are most definitely in, and according to Nameberry, Autumn is a popular one and it is ranked at #75 in the popularity charts. In fact, the name entered the top 100 list over the last few years according to the same source. And many names go well with this name.
However, one name that really goes well with Autumn is Lily. Lily is a flower name and it may sound like an oxymoron to have a spring-related name, which is Lilly going with a name that means the fall. And, the oxymoron in this combination is what really makes it appealing.
19 Milo West
The name Milo for boys is increasing in popularity. According to Nameberry, Milo currently ranks at #224 for the most popular names that are used for boys. Milo is of German origin, and it means soldier. It also may mean merciful as there are Latin roots in the name. And Milo sounds great with a unique one-syllable name.
The name that goes very well with Milo is West. West is a gender-neutral name, and according to the same source, the popularity of West seems to be increasing for girls and decreasing for boys. But don't let that influence you if you want to use West as a middle name for your son if you plan to name him Milo.
18 Dahlia Joy
Flower names have been in for a long time, and Dahlia is no exception. Dahlia is of Scandinavian origin, and according to Nameberry, the name currently ranks at #393 for feminine popularity name charts. The name in itself is popular enough but you don't hear it overly often since it is not in the top 100.
And, if you do like Dahlia, then you may want to consider using a happy name like Joy to go with it. Dahlia Joy is a lovely combination that you can potentially use for a daughter. Or, if you know of someone who is expecting a girl and happens to be thinking about name possibilities to use- then you can always suggest Dahlia Joy.
17 Theodore Grey
The name Theodore is gaining momentum because according to Nameberry, the current ranking of Theodore in the list of popular names that are used for boys is at #62. Ted or Teddy are often nicknames for Theodore, and it is of Greek origin, which means gift of God. Theodore is a long name, so it would be best paired with a one-syllable middle name.
The name that sounds great with Theodore is Grey. So Grey is a color name and Theodore means gift of God. Even though both of these names have nothing in common, they do sound quite good together. This is an idea for those who are expecting a son and are looking for name-inspiration.
16 Madeline Harper
There is no question that Madeline is a highly popular name nowadays. The meaning of Madeline is the high tower or woman from Magdala, and is of French origin. According to Nameberry, Madeline currently sits at exactly #100 in the feminine name popularity charts.
If you like Madeline but you are unsure of what name goes well with it, then you may want to consider Harper. According to the same source, not only is Harper in the top 100 in the feminine popularity name charts, but it sits at #11. Madeline is rarer than Harper nowadays. And, if you prefer your child not to have a first name that potentially many other kids in her future classes may have- then it is a great idea to use Harper for a middle name if you choose to go with Madeline for the first.
15 Braden Daniel
Braden is a nice boy name and it originates from an Irish Gaelic word representing salmon. According to BabyCenter, Braden currently ranks at #684 for the popularity list of names that are used for boys. And, according to the same source, the popularity has increased 17 points just over the past year. That means it may end up in the top 100 before you know it. And, what goes well with Braden? Plenty of names do however, there is one name that sounds great with Braden.
What do you think of Braden Daniel for a boy-name combination? Daniel is a Biblical name, and it is of Hebrew origin meaning God is my Judge. And even though Braden and Daniel come from completely different origins, they do sound amazing together.
14 Sophia Maud
If you are not into heavily popular names, then you may not want to use Sophia considering that it currently ranks at #5 on the most popular feminine name list, according to Nameberry. However, don't discount Sophia yet as it is popular for a reason- it is beautiful. And, you can add an older, rarer, and one-syllable name to Sophia.
And, the name that sounds amazing with Sophia is Maud. Maud is a variation of Matilda, and it means battle mighty. Sophia is Greek for wisdom, and Maud is French for battle mighty. With these names combined, you are going to have a little girl that is resilient and wise beyond her years.
13 Maverick Ross
If you are expecting a boy somewhere between late January and mid-February, or if you know someone who is- then a perfect name for an Aquarius boy is Maverick. That is because Maverick means independence and a nonconformist. That is what Aquarius represents. According to Nameberry, Maverick is ranking at #85 for the popularity list of boy names. So, it's certainly gaining momentum.
And, a one-syllable name will pair up well with Maverick, like Ross. Ross is a nice name and common enough. So if you want to add a unique twist to Ross, then it is a great idea to use it for a middle name- and pair it up with a nonconforming name like Maverick!
12 Ophelia Jill
Shakespearean names are in, and one of those names happens to be Ophelia. Ophelia was a character in Hamlet who had an unfortunate ending- like how most Shakespearean characters do. And, Ophelia is a lovely name. It means help in Greek, and according to Nameberry, Ophelia falls at #416 for feminine name popularity charts.
Even though the popularity of the name is increasing, it is still rare. And when you add a common and one-syllable name like Jill with Ophelia, it becomes a lovely combination. Jill is English for child of God, and even though it is a nice name- Jill on its own is not overly exciting. However, if you combine it with Ophelia, you are adding spice to the name.
11 Shane Richard
Shane is a graceful name for a boy, and it is an Anglicized version of Sean. According to Nameberry, Shane ranks at #359 on the popularity list of masculine names. It is one of those names that are not overly popular but definitely not uncommon either. And what goes well with Shane? Of course, it would be Richard.
I have always liked the name Richard but it is considered to be old-fashioned, and the nickname for Richard isn't particularly complimentary. However, for a middle name, it works very well. Especially if you pair it up with Shane. Shane Richard makes a lovely combination for a little boy.
10 Camilla Sage
Camilla is a pretty name, and it is Latin for the young ceremonial attendant. According to Nameberry, Camilla currently ranks at #308 for feminine baby name popularity charts. The name is not in the top 100, but because it is within the top 1000 popular names, it is somewhat popular.
And, if you want to add spice to Camilla, then Sage is a great choice- so to speak. Sage is Latin for wise, and it is also a name of an herb. According to the same source, Sage also falls at #309 in the popular name charts. And, when you mix Camilla and Sage together, you have a beautiful combination.
9 Oliver Hudson
Oliver is currently in the top 10 for the list of the most popular names that are used for boys. In fact, according to Nameberry, Oliver is currently ranking at #9, and it is Latin for olive tree. That said, if you want to use a heavily popular name for a boy, then Oliver is definitely a great choice. And Oliver sounds pretty upscale if you pair it with Hudson.
Whenever I hear the name Hudson, I think of the Canadian Hudson Bay. And, according to the same source, Hudson ranks at #64 for the popularity list of names used for boys. That said, if you prefer to use two names that are common, then this is an idea for you if you are having a boy.
8 Fiona Quinn
An appealing name for girls is most definitely Fiona. Fiona is of Scottish origin and it means fair or white. According to Nameberry, the popularity of the name is not bad as it ranks at #181 in the feminine name popularity charts. And, you may wonder what middle name would go well with Fiona.
A great idea for a middle name would be Quinn. According to the same source, Quinn currently ranks at #76 in the popular name charts for girls. Therefore, it is most definitely a popular name. And, it absolutely sounds amazing with Fiona. If you are having a girl and you are thinking about name ideas- then you'll want to mark this combination down as a possibility!
7 Dustin Blake
If you like Old Norse names that are about strength, then Dustin is an option for you if you are having a boy- or if you know someone who is and is looking for baby name suggestions. Dustin is derived from the Norse God Thor as Thor is the god of thunder, storms, and protection. According to BabyCenter, Dustin currently ranks at #667 for the popularity list of names used for boys.
A great choice to go with Dustin would be a one-syllable name to be used for a middle name. The choice would be Blake. Blake is Old English for black, and the combination of Dustin and Blake sound like a strong combination for a boy.
6 Desiree Tate
If you want to make sure your daughter knows that she has always been the one you have wanted, then Desiree is a great name because it is French for the desired one. The name at one time was considered to be a name that would not be appropriate to be used for a child.
However, over the years, it has been tamed. And, it is not as popular as it once was. According to Nameberry, Desiree currently ranks at #964 for the feminine popularity name list. And, a one-syllable middle name sounds great with Desiree.
Why not consider Tate as a middle name if you choose to go with this one? Tate is of Norse origin which means cheerful. That is one lovely and positive name combination.
5 Oscar James
Another masculine name that is increasing in popularity is Oscar. According to Nameberry, Oscar currently ranks at #192 in the list of the most popular names that are used for boys. Oscar is of either English or Irish origin and it God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior, according to the same source.
What goes well with Oscar? A one-syllable name would most definitely sound great, but not just any simple name. James goes very well with Oscar. James is also quite common. Therefore, if you want to name your son a name combination that is trendy and sound great together- then Oscar James is an idea.
4 Juniper Mae
Tree names are most definitely in and are being used a lot more often. That means the name Juniper is appealing to so many parents. According to Nameberry, Juniper currently ranks at #314 in the feminine name popularity list. Therefore, it is not in the top 100 but it is within the top 1000 which means it is most definitely gaining momentum.
If you like Juniper for a girl, then you may want to consider a one-syllable simple name to use for a middle name- which would be Mae. Mae is a variation of Mary, but a lot less common. Therefore, Juniper Mae sounds absolutely lovely and the combination has a unique ring to it.
3 Sebastian Jake
Sebastian is a very common name because according to Nameberry, the current ranking of the name is at #22 for the list of the most popular names that are used for boys. Sebastian is of Latin and Greek origin, and it means a person that is from the ancient city of Sebasta. Because Sebastian is a long name, it is best to be paired up with a one-syllable name.
A great name to go with Sebastian is Jake, and Jake is an independent variation of Jacob which is a Biblical name and is Hebrew for supplanter. This pair sounds lovely together, and it's a great combination name for a boy.
2 Arcadia Belle
If you think of the name Arcadia, you probably think of a lovely name that is not used often enough. According to BabyCenter, Arcadia currently ranks at #4,747 in the feminine name popularity list. However, don't let that fool you because, over the past year, the name has gone up 2,643 points! Arcadia is Greek for a region offering peace and contentment. In other words, it means happiness. Why not add a dash of beauty to happiness?
That is why the name Belle goes well with Arcadia. Longer syllable first names tend to sound better with one syllable middle names. Therefore, Belle which means beautiful works wonders with Arcadia. This is a beautiful combination that is well worth considering for a little girl.
1 Xavier Ferdinand
If you want to look into a unique sounding combination of names that are used for boys, then here is a great combination that is unique but at the same time not unheard of. The name Xavier in itself is common enough because according to Nameberry, it currently ranks at #89 for the list of the most popular names that are used for boys. Xavier is Basque or Arabic for a bright new house.
You may wonder what goes well with Xavier, and the name Ferdinand does. Many Americans have been turned off by the name Ferdinand because it reminds them of a bull. However it is a bold name, as it literally means bold voyager, and it sounds great when it is paired with Xavier.
Resources: BabyCenter.com, Namberry.com