Congratulations! You’ve decided on a gorgeous name for your daughter and are now on the lookout for an exclusive middle name that matches perfectly with the name Caroline.
Deciding on a middle name isn’t always simple, especially if you’ve been totally preoccupied with buying baby wipes, diapers, contemplating car seats, strollers and buggies, etc. What to speak of redesigning and painting the nursery!
For that reason we’ve created an exciting list of names to help spark your imagination. We’ve carefully sifted through numerous discussion forums and chatted with quite a few parents with girls named Caroline to help with your search.
So without further ado – let’s look through the list.
Middle name ideas for Caroline
- Caroline Aaliyah
- Caroline Adele
- Caroline Aileen
- Caroline Alianna
- Caroline Andi
- Caroline Belle
- Caroline Bexley
- Caroline Blaire
- Caroline Cassandra
- Caroline Cassidy
- Caroline Collins
- Caroline Corinne
- Caroline Dahlia
- Caroline Dakota
- Caroline Denise
- Caroline Eliana
- Caroline Elliott
- Caroline Ellison
- Caroline Emersyn
- Caroline Ezra
- Caroline Felicity
- Caroline Freya
- Caroline Giselle
- Caroline Grace
- Caroline Gwen
- Caroline Hadlee
- Caroline Hailey
- Caroline Hope
- Caroline Iris
- Caroline Itzel
- Caroline Jada
- Caroline Kali
- Caroline Karina
- Caroline Kassidy
- Caroline Kate
- Caroline Kelsey
- Caroline Lacey
- Caroline Leanna
- Caroline Macy
- Caroline Maia
- Caroline Noemi
- Caroline Nyla
- Caroline Olivia
- Caroline Paige
- Caroline Zainab
- Caroline Zendaya
- Caroline Zuri
Our favorites would have to be Grace (from Latin, meaning ‘goodness’, ‘generosity’, and ‘charm’), and Adele (from German, meaning ‘noble’, and ‘kind’). We love their elegance and that both names are brief and simple to say.
But go ahead and pick the one (or two!) that sounds just right for you!
The significance of middle names
While not legally necessary, the vast majority of kids these days have one or two middle names. We’ve discovered that 80% of today’s children are given a middle name in comparison with the 30% of 100 years ago.
Although not for everyone, a middle name plays a big part in creating your child’s sense of identity.
Historically the point of a middle name is to honor a relative, godparent, friend or even inspirational leader who may have played a significant role in the family’s life. It can also be a tremendous way for your child to feel connected to her family tree.
When parents reach that harrowing impasse over how to name their child – what better way to break the stalemate than deciding on a middle name – a perfect solution in the quest for family diplomacy, and a ‘win win’ outcome for both parties!
Honoring family members and ancestors
Have you considered showing one of your parents how much they mean to you by offering their first name as your child’s middle name? This is a timeless and foolproof way of saying ‘I love you’. Or perhaps you’d like to honor a favorite aunt or late grandfather?
Often, middle names are used to honor a departed family member or friend, which will enable your child to stay linked up to their family heritage.
Checking out your ancestry records is another great way of rediscovering long forgotten great grandmothers or aunts, one of whom could well possess a classic sounding name which, although sounding quite common at the time, could possibly sound surprisingly cool and trendy today!
Not only would you be connecting with the past through a long lost ancestor, but also finding a unique and fashionable middle name for Caroline.
What’s more fun than a nickname?
Almost all human beings without fail respond to kindness, just like a much loved family pet. That’s why we bond naturally by creating ‘pet’, or nicknames. Children make up nicknames for each other from a very early age, and this defines not only how they’re viewed by others within the ‘clique’, but can also become the foundation of lasting friendships.
Children love playing around with their middle names, so why not offer yours a nickname-rich one that they can create their own moniker from? For instance, Penelope would soon morph into Penny, Pippa, Nellie, or Poppy, while Patrick would become Paddy, Rick, or Packy.
Part of the attraction of middle names is found in the ways you can shorten them into nicknames.
The full name attention grabber
Remember the old ‘full name powerplay’ trick that stopped us all in our tracks as soon as we got into big trouble? Nothing grabs the attention of a tearaway child better than the ominous sound of mom or dad calling them by their first, second, and last name. For example, “CHRISTOPHER HARLEY WALTERS – STOP PAINTING YOUR BABY BROTHER’S FACE!”
While sounding out various names we suggest you write them down and call them out loudly, one by one, in the style of the above ‘full name powerplay’. This could help you find one that resonates best in finding a middle name that rolls off your tongue naturally.
About the name Caroline
Of French origin, the name Caroline means ‘strong’, and is also the feminine form of Charles. Its Germanic meanings are ‘free woman’ and ‘song of happiness’.
Caroline is a sophisticated name with an intriguing history, having been the name of queens, princesses and first ladies, yet still sits well with curious young girls eager to discover more about the world around them.
The name Caroline has remained consistently within the top 100 most popular girls names in the United States since the year 2000, and its most popular nicknames are Carol, Carla, Carrie, and Lina.
So there you have it, folks. Though our list is far from exhaustive, chances are that you’ll have found the middle name you’ve been looking for. Otherwise, don’t worry, especially if it inspires you to brainstorm up a potential name of your own that harmonises perfectly with the elegant sounding Caroline.
Enjoy the thrill of the chase!