As Shakespeare put it, “What’s in a name?”
Well according to Parenting.com, everything! It turns out your baby’s name can affect a lot more than the monogram on her diaper bag. A name is with a child for life, and it can influence the way others see her.
It’s no wonder that people spend a ton of time searching Google for the perfect first name. Well, the middle name deserves just as much attention!
That’s why I’ve been putting together my Middle Names series. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your daughter!
Now scroll down to see a list of the best middle names for a girl named Emma.
I’ve compiled these from baby name databases, parent discussion forums, and other sources then whittled them down to the ones I personally think sound the best.
Hope it helps!
The importance of picking a good middle name for your daughter
Okay, so you may not actually need a middle name, at least not legally, but it certainly helps in a lot of situations.
Especially when you want to deliver a warning to your child. Also, three-letter monograms just look better.
Seriously, though, that extra name between your first and last can have a lot of benefits.
Here are 3 big reasons you should think and research carefully about a good middle name that goes well with Emma.
A middle name lets you preserve even more family or other important names
It’s understandable. You’re close to Aunt Sue, but Grandma practically raised you.
You want to show your gratitude by naming your sweet baby girl after one of the women in your life that has meant so much to you, or you may want to honor a particular family member.
How do you choose just one person?! Well, with a middle name you don’t have to! A middle name gives you an opportunity to name your child after two of your favorite people.
All you need to do is to make sure that the names flow together nicely!
Their middle name can, and might, become their nickname
Kids don’t get to pick their own names. They get what they get, and they’re not supposed to throw a fit.
Well, sometimes kids might not always enjoy the first name that mom and dad picked out, but a middle name gives them a whole different option! Now they get to have a nickname!
Many people opt to go by their middle names full-time. It might be because they like this name better, or they just like the idea of having more say when it comes to what people will call them.
It could also be that your kid is in a class with someone who shares her name, so using her middle name reduces any confusion.
If this is the case, make sure she has a middle name that isn’t going to cause her any embarrassment. Choose wisely, my friend!
The full name power play
Nothing beats the classic full-name warning delivered by parents everywhere, for example, “Mary Elizabeth Parker, you put that frog down this instant!”
Every child knows that when mom plays the FULL NAME card, it means BIG trouble.
So, parents, test out all options for your child’s full name by practicing this warning. Your future self will thank you because the easier it rolls off of your tongue, the more effective it will be.
This is almost a good enough reason all by itself to give your child a strong middle name.
Middle name ideas for a girl named Emma
And now, the moment you all have been waiting for, the list!
Remember, these are some ideas to get your brain going. I hope it’s a helpful starting point, and I am sure you will find some great middle names to go with Emma!
If you’re still not totally sure what to call your baby girl, I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Baby Name Wizard.
It’s the most comprehensive baby name book out there, full of data-driven insights into name popularity, nicknames, similar names, and picking a great middle name.
Meaning of the name Emma
According to BabyCenter, Emma is an English name, derived from the Old German word for “universal,” or “whole.”
It has been popular since the 19th century. Some famous Emmas are actresses Emma Thompson, Emma Stone, and Emma Watson.
Some other interesting meanings of the name Emma are industrious and “healer-of-the-universe.”
The name Emma can actually also be considered a nickname for the name Amelia.
Those are just a few of my favorite names that go well with Emma, but by no means is it an exhaustive list.
Tell me in the comments which ones you like, or just your favorite middle names for girls in general.
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Good luck, parents!