If you’re expecting, then you’ve probably already spent a lot of time trying to decide on the perfect name for your baby. It’s understandable!
Your baby’s name plays an important part in determining how others see her.
People spend hours and hours searching Google for the perfect name; making sure that they get it just right! If this is you, it’s essential to spend some of that time on the middle name, too!
That’s why I’ve been putting together my How To Pick A Middle Name series. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your daughter!
Scroll down to see my list of the best middle names for a girl named Harper.
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
There’s no law that says you have to give your child a middle name. It’s purely a matter of personal preference.
Of course, most people today bestow a middle name on their child, so it would be considered unusual to not have one. So, you probably have decided to include a middle name in your child’s moniker.
That’s a good choice because 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 Harper:
A middle name lets you preserve even more family or other important names
Let’s say you have a close friend that means the world to you, and you think you can show her just how much you appreciate her by naming your daughter after her.
The only thing is, your sister means a lot to you, too. How are you going to decide?
Well, with a middle name, you can honor both!
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 love nicknames. It’s almost like a rite of passage.
If a kid has a nickname, she feels super important. Many times, the nickname that your child ends up with will stem from her middle name.
Many people even choose to go by their middle names all of the time; perhaps they feel they have more control over their lives by controlling what people call them.
A middle name also comes in handy if your child shares her first name with someone else that she spends a lot of time with because now there’s an easy way to distinguish between the two name sharers.
Since your child might end up opting to use her middle name full-time, or because her middle name might morph into her nickname, stay away from names that could be embarrassing!
The full name power play
You’ve probably been on the receiving end of the full-name warning a few times in your lifetime, you know the one, “HARPER BREE WILLIAMS, GET OFF OF THE CAR ROOF!!”
Every child knows that when mom plays the FULL NAME card, it means BIG trouble.
This is because, when done well, the full name warning is very effective. It just needs to be delivered smoothly, so try out your middle name options using the full name warning before making any final decision.
Middle name ideas for a girl named Harper
And now, the moment you have been waiting for, the list!
Remember, these are some ideas to get your brain going. It’s a great starting point, and I am sure you will find some great middle names to go with Harper!
My favorite middle names for Harper have to be Harper Elise and Harper Bree. I like the way these choices flow with Harper, but you should go with whatever sounds best to you!
If you’re still not sure what to name 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 Harper
According to BabyCenter, Harper is an English name and was originally used as a last name.
It means, “someone who plays the harp.”
It ranked as 9th in the popularity list for girls’ names in 2019.
Some famous Harpers are the author of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee and the country singer Harper Grace.
Those are just a few of my favorite names that go well with Harper, but by no means is it an exhaustive list.
Hopefully, you found a few you love, or at least some that inspired you as a jumping off point. 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!