Welcome and congratulations in choosing such an elegant name as Adeline for your daughter. Having made your decision, you may be faltering over that all-important middle name, or perhaps unconvinced that your child even needs one.
With so many things to think about both practically and emotionally, we’re not surprised to see you struggling with this common dilemma.
Because we love the intricate art of name-matching we’ve created a list of middle names from various sources and databases (and even chatted with lots of parents of Adelines) just to help you get started.
So relax and scroll through our list – perhaps you’ll find the elusive middle name you’ve been looking for.
Middle name ideas for Adeline
- Adeline Aila
- Adeline Alessia
- Adeline Alexia
- Adeline Alisson
- Adeline Amara
- Adeline Blaire
- Adeline Blake
- Adeline Blakely
- Adeline Bria
- Adeline Camryn
- Adeline Chloe
- Adeline Dahlia
- Adeline Demi
- Adeline Elise
- Adeline Ellianna
- Adeline Francesca
- Adeline Freya
- Adeline Giuliana
- Adeline Gloria
- Adeline Hattie
- Adeline Haven
- Adeline Irene
- Adeline Isabel
- Adeline Jaycee
- Adeline Jayda
- Adeline Kadence
- Adeline Kaisley
- Adeline Khaleesi
- Adeline Leia
- Adeline Leighton
- Adeline Macy
- Adeline Maddison
- Adeline Nellie
- Adeline Nicole
- Adeline Novalee
- Adeline Olive
- Adeline Ophelia
- Adeline Palmer
- Adeline Pearl
- Adeline Queen
- Adeline Quinn
- Adeline Raya
- Adeline Sasha
- Adeline Skyler
- Adeline Tiana
- Adeline Tori
- Adeline Ximena
- Adeline Zara
- Adeline Zoe
The two that stand out for us are Gloria (from Latin, meaning ‘glory’), and Dahlia (from Hebrew, meaning ‘flowering branch’), as both flow gently with the distinguished sounding Adeline.
But these are just our thoughts – now it’s your turn to unveil a name that looks and sounds right for you.
The benefits of a middle name
Despite there being no hard or fast rules for picking middle names (they’re not even legally required), more than 80% of today’s kids now have one.
Some of the benefits of having a middle name:
- A middle name distinguishes your child from other kids with the same name (especially in the classroom).
- If a child grows to dislike his or her first name, their middle name can become a ‘safety net’, or alternative preferred name.
- Provides an ideal compromise between parents who are still undecided on one particular name.
- What better way to say ‘I love you’ to a dear departed friend or relative than offering their name to your child, while at the same time safeguarding their memory within the family?
Honoring a family member or ancestor
Make your daughter’s middle name catchy or noteworthy by honoring a grandparent, great great aunt, or (and why not?) the founder of your family’s dynasty from times long past.
Checking your ancestry records could lead you to a long forgotten grandparent with a name that’s perfect for your daughter and whose memory you could revive in the blink of an eye. And though their name may have been common then, it may sound extremely trendy today.
On another note, we know someone who remembered that her dear departed aunty wore a pendant containing the quartz crystal citrine throughout her whole life. Both the stone and it’s name fascinated our friend so much that, unsurprisingly, her daughter’s middle name became Citrine.
Another middle name suggestion is the age-old practice of offering mom’s maiden name to your child, bringing both families closer together and further preserving the family tree.
If coming from a particular cultural environment, why not offer your child a middle name that acknowledges this, such as the name of the region or village where you were born? This could help her with a real insight into her cultural roots.
Potential for nicknames
Nicknames make people more personable, can act as a term of endearment or affection, and, most of all, kids love them.
Whether it’s because a nickname makes them feel special or just because they’re fun, nicknames are here to stay and are mostly created from middle names.
They usually originate among small groups of children, quickly becoming symbolic of how a child is viewed within that circle. Nicknames often nurture bonds of intimacy and trust among young friends, sometimes extending over the course of a lifetime.
Some middle names have endless creative nickname options. For instance, Edward is ripe for Ted, Teddy, Ned, or Eddie, while Madeline easily becomes Mads, Maddie, Lyn, or even Mad Dog! So don’t hesitate to offer your child a nickname-rich middle name.
The full-name deterrent!
A winning formula that often works while choosing a middle name is to call them out aloud to hear how they resonate with your child’s first and last names. While many parents write them down to see what they look like, it also helps to know what they’ll sound like when heard aloud.
Who can forget mom or dad hollering out our full name whenever we’d stepped over the line? For example: ‘CONOR MARLON DEXTER – STOP PAINTING THE CAT’, is a failsafe device that soon stops any rogue kid in their tracks. So a little practice while picking that middle name will make sure that it sounds good, especially when called out loudly across the park!
Meaning of the name Adeline
The Germanic meaning of Adeline is ‘noble’, while its Hebrew counterpart is ‘ornament’; while the qualities of a girl named Adeline are that she’s sensitive, curious, persuasive, and zany!
While the name is a diminutive of Madeline, its most popular nicknames are: Adele, Ada, Delia, Ada, and Lena.
Over the last 20 years, the name Adeline has enjoyed such a surge in popularity that it sits comfortably within the list of America’s top 50 girl’s names.
If not enchanted by any of the middle names on our list, don’t worry – at least it should spark your imagination into life to do some brainstorming of your own.
Have fun with your adventure!