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As a parent of five children, I know how hard it is to find suitable first names, let alone middle names too. There are many different factors to consider and trying to keep family happy while still ensuring that it is your choice and a name that you love.
I understand the feeling of pressure that if you get this one thing wrong, your child’s life is doomed.
On the one hand, you want your child to have a name that is fun and upbeat but still will be suitable for when they break into the professional world of work and adulthood.
There are many middle names that are suitable for use with the first name of Blake. They range from traditional, classic names, to ones with a modern twist, to the downright unusual and unique.
Let’s take a look at the history of the name Blake, tips for finding the best middle names, and how to avoid any unfortunate nicknames or initial combinations.
Table of Contents
- 1 The Meaning Behind Blake
- 2 Finding The Right Middle Name
- 3 Where To Look For Inspiration
- 4 What To Be Careful Of When Choosing A Middle Name
- 5 Classic Middle Names For Blake
- 6 Modern Middle Names For Blake
- 7 Unique Middle Names For Blake
- 8 Final Word
The Meaning Behind Blake
The name Blake has its origins in two separate Old English words. One is the word ‘blaec’ which means dark, black complexion and from the word ‘blac’ meaning bright, shining, pale wan.
Blake is another of the names that were originally a surname before being used as a first name. The use if Blake as a first name comes from its old use as a nickname for someone with either a very dark or a very light skin tone.
Blake is also considered to have its origins in the Old Norse. Iit first appeared in Yorkshire, England possibly as derivative of the village and former municipality of Akershus, Blaker.
Blake was also one of the 14 tribes of Galway in Ireland. These Blakes were descendants of Richard Caddell, who was involved in the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169. Blake became known as ‘de Blaca’ in Irish.
In this century, it is a name that parents who are considering a unisex or gender-neutral name tend to use. Blake is currently number 90 on the Baby Names popularity charts but currently is number 158 in US births.
Finding The Right Middle Name
After spending weeks or even months deciding on a first name, the middle name may be less important to you and you may feel that you can allow yourself a little more fun with.
If it does feel like a task you really don’t care about, try to have some fun with it. Don’t let the wrong middle name take away all your hard work of finding the perfect first name!
If you’re really up to the challenge, you could go for two middle names. Although in the US, you are only legally required to have a first name and a surname on the birth certificate. Anything after that is your personal choice.
Where To Look For Inspiration
Most people do not use their middle names on a daily basis so you can decide to use some more weird and wacky choices, without any real fear of being mocked for your choice!
Here are a few ideas of where to start your search for a middle name if you are finding it a bit too much.
Many parents decide on a middle name to honor a relative. This could be a grandparent, uncle, or maiden name.
If you dig around long enough, you will find plenty of traditional options that will really connect your child with their past even before they are old enough to understand that connection.
Two Is Better Than One
Maybe you or your partner had a first name choice that didn’t quite make the cut for various reasons. The middle name may be a way for you both to feel like you had a hand in the naming process.
There may have been another first name choice that was just pipped at the post. This could be a perfect middle name and as most first names also make great middle names there is no worry.
Memories Or Place Names
It is not only the rich and famous that can use place names for their children. In fact, they are very trendy at the moment. So if you and your partner have a favorite destination or somewhere that holds fond memories for you both, go for it.
What To Be Careful Of When Choosing A Middle Name
Middle names can be super fun and many parents feel that they are not governed by the same constraints as with choosing a first name.
This is why you will find many children with weird and wonderful middle names. But there are a few points that you need to consider when choosing that middle name:
Potential For An Unfortunate Nickname
This is where you have to put yourself into the mind of a child and think as they do. If you can come up with some names to make fun of your child’s name then that means a child in the playground can too.
Your child’s initials will often be written down on display so you need to be careful that they don’t spell out anything unfortunate. With Blake as a first name, there is the chance that their initials will spell out some less than desirable things such as B.A.E.
Flow Of the Entire Name
Once you have decided on the complete name, first name, middle name(s) and you already know the surname you need to check that they all flow nicely together.
The best way to check this is to say it out loud, talk to family, and say the name in the conversation. If you are tripping over the name then it doesn’t quite flow correctly and this will make it sound clumsy.
Classic Middle Names For Blake
Most traditional names have their history in biblical stories or have some sort of historical reference.
These kinds of names are strong, classic names that have stood the test of time. These are the names your parents and grandparents will more than likely appreciate and support.
- Blake Alexander
- Blake Alistair
- Blake Anderson
- Blake Anthony
- Blake Christopher
- Blake David
- Blake Edward
- Blake Elijah
- Blake Elliot
- Blake Eugene
- Blake Harold
- Blake Harrison
- Blake Jackson
- Blake Lincoln
- Blake Maxwell
- Blake Nathaniel
- Blake Oliver
- Blake Peter
- Blake Theodore
- Blake William
Modern Middle Names For Blake
If you wanted to be a bit more on-trend and modern then here are a few names that may hit the spot!
- Blake Asher
- Blake Cameron
- Blake Carter
- Blake Colby
- Blake Ethan
- Blake Everett
- Blake Finn
- Blake Gareth
- Blake Hawthorne
- Blake Hugo
- Blake Keegan
- Blake Lachlan
- Blake Milo
- Blake Nolan
- Blake Oscar
- Blake Owen
- Blake Reuban
- Blake Spencer
- Blake Whittaker
- Blake Winston
- Blake Wyatt
Unique Middle Names For Blake
If you want to embrace the middle name and go for something that is fun, unique, and possibly a little weird, you may just want to add a bit of personality to a traditional first name.
Here are a few for you to browse over and see if anything takes your fancy. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination!
- Blake Ambrose
- Blake Aslan
- Blake Balthazar
- Blake Cedar
- Blake Cosmo
- Blake Duggar
- Blake Enzo
- Blake Fox
- Blake Gatlan
- Blake Hendrix
- Blake Jace
- Blake Kingston
- Blake Lenny
- Blake Magnus
- Blake Maverick
- Blake Otis
- Blake River
- Blake Romeo
- Blake Wilder
- Blake Xander
Don’t worry if you have come to the end of this post and you still have no clue what middle name to choose.
This post is more about giving you some ideas that you may not have thought about before rather than you making a hard and fast decision.
Try not to get overwhelmed by the decision of a middle name. Just choose a few that you like and let them mull around, try saying the full name out loud, and see how it feels.
Just a word of advice before you make a final decision: make sure that you check that your baby’s initials do not spell out anything strange as children can be very cruel!