A name stays with you for your whole life, unless you decide to go through the lengthy process of having it legally changed.
Your name tells people a lot about you, believe it or not, and others assume a lot about you based on your name. According to parenting.com, your baby’s name can affect how she views herself, as well as how others see her.
Your name carries a very large responsibility because it plays a big role in the image that you present to others.
People spend hours and hours poring over Google searches looking for the perfect name for their children. Sometimes, they spend so much time concentrating on the first name that the middle name can get lost in the mix.
That’s why I’ve been putting together my guide on how to pick a middle name that flows. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your daughter!
Without further ado, scroll down to see a list of the best middle names for a girl named Olivia.
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
Legally, you’re not required to have a middle name.
However, most people these days decide to give their children a middle name for a variety of reasons.
It’s become pretty commonplace for people to have a middle name, and those people without that extra initial in their monogram are definitely more the exception than the rule.
Besides just making a name sound good, 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 Olivia.
A middle name lets you preserve even more family or other important names
Many people like to name their children after someone who is dear to them.
It could be a family member, a close friend or even an iconic social or historical figure.
Often, there is a big decision that has to be made regarding who will win the honor of being your child’s namesake.
A middle name gives you an opportunity to honor multiple people with your child’s name so that you don’t have to be so limited with your choices.
Just make sure that all of the names flow together nicely!
Their middle name can, and might, become their nickname
Parents pick their children’s names.
That’s just how it goes, and sometimes kids don’t always like the final choice.
A middle name provides kids with a second option, and many kids opt to use their middle names full-time.
Sometimes it’s a simple matter of liking the middle name better than the first or just liking the fact that they have some choice in the matter.
If your child shares her name with one or more students in her class, a middle name makes it a lot easier for the teacher to distinguish between them.
Often, your child’s middle name will morph into her nickname.
So, make sure when you choose your child’s middle name that you steer clear of any potential embarrassing options.
If you have any doubts when you say your child’s name out loud, or other people give you an odd look, then you might want to think twice.
The full name power play
“OLIVIA MARIE WILLIAMS, DID YOU WRITE ON THE WALL WITH MOMMY’S LIPSTICK?!”
The classic full-name warning is used by parents everywhere, and it is recognized by kids everywhere.
Every child knows that when mom plays the FULL NAME card, it means BIG trouble.
When you put together your ideas for your daughter’s full name, make sure to practice this warning out loud with all of your options.
It’s a given that you will use it often, it’s just part of the parenting territory, so make sure that it sounds good and that it will be effective when you use it.
That’s a pretty solid reason all by itself to give your child a strong middle name!
Middle name ideas for a girl named Olivia
And now, the moment you all 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 Olivia!
My favorite middle names for Olivia would have to be Olivia June and Olivia Mackenzie. I especially like the way the syllables combine in Mackenzie to create a long and gorgeous full name; that one has to be my favorite!
If you’re still struggling 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 Olivia
According to BabyCenter, Olivia is a Greek name, meaning “olive tree,” and it was first used by William Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night.
It is the feminine form of the name, Oliver, and ranked as number one in popularity for 2019.
Some nicknames commonly given to girls named Olivia are Liv, Livvy, and Livie.
Some famous Olivias are Olivia Newton-John and the famous pig in the classic children’s series, Olivia.
Those are just a few of my favorite names that go well with Olivia, but by no means is it an exhaustive list.
Hopefully, you found a few you like as well. If not, you might like this cool resource from Mom Junction with more middle name ideas based on syllables, and more.
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!