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50 Best Middle Names for James

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Looking for the best middle names for James? We have a list of the 50 best ideas that will help you choose your baby’s perfect name!

Naming your baby can be a difficult task. If you are sharing the task with your partner, it can take a while to find a name that you both agree on.

But even after you decide on your baby’s first name, you still have to find the perfect middle name!

You want to make sure you choose a middle name that sounds good with the first name (especially if you’re the type of parent who will say their whole name when they are in trouble!).

It’s also important to choose a name pair that doesn’t create an embarrassing set of initials!

As someone with the initials of A, S, and S – trust me on this. I just avoid monograms now.

After getting ideas from real parents in moms groups, asking friends, and getting current suggestions from online parenting communities, I’ve compiled this list of great middle names that go with James for your baby.

The name combinations are sorted by first listing my top picks, followed by other good middle name options for James, and are in alphabetical order.

I hope you choose the perfect name for your new little boy! Here are the best middle names for James.

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Top 10 Middle Names for James

James is a classic name, and has been very popular as a first name as well as a middle name (and of course, even as a last name). While it’s typically thought of as a boy’s name, it has also been used as a girl’s name – making it more of a unisex name in recent years.

Still, as it is more popularly seen as a name for boys, our list will lean toward more traditional and masculine name pairs. If you’re naming a girl though, you may want to consider some of our more unisex/gender neutral name ideas for her – or pair James with a super feminine middle name for a unique twist!

Here are my favorite middle names for James:

  1. James Alexander
  2. James Ari (Ari means “lion” in Hebrew)
  3. James Elliott
  4. James Everett
  5. James Harrison
  6. James Jasper (I love the alliteration with these two – and a nickname can be JJ!)
  7. James Oliver
  8. James Ransom (meaning “warrior’s shield” or “son of the shield”)
  9. James Riley (two gender neutral names)
  10. James Wilder

I like the idea of pairing a strong, unique, or meaningful middle name with a traditional name like James. With James being just one syllable, I think longer middle names that are two, three, or even four syllables long sound good. This could depend on your last name though, so test a few out and see how they sound.

While this could make things more difficult when it comes to making a final decision on your baby’s name, I think that James as a first name really opens up so many possibilities for combinations. You could go with a biblical name like James Abraham, a traditional name like James Patrick, or give him two cool middle names like James Evan Fox.

Don’t be afraid to take this list of names and think outside of the box! Just remember, your baby has to have this name for the rest of their lives too, so keep that in mind.

Other middle names for James

  1. James Asher (Asher means “happy and blessed”)
  2. James Beckett
  3. James Cannon
  4. James Carter
  5. James Casper
  6. James David
  7. James Dominic
  8. James Duncan
  9. James Evan
  10. James Ezra
  11. James Flynn
  12. James Garrett
  13. James Henry
  14. James Isaiah
  15. James Jackson
  16. James Kerrigan
  17. James Leo
  18. James Logan
  19. James Lucas
  20. James Mitchell
  21. James Monroe
  22. James Nolan
  23. James Orion
  24. James Owen
  25. James Parker
  26. James Patrick
  27. James Quinton
  28. James River
  29. James Roman
  30. James Ryan (although this reminds me of Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles)
  31. James Sebastian
  32. James Thatcher
  33. James Theodore (Theodore means “gift from God”)
  34. James Thomas
  35. James Urie
  36. James Valiant
  37. James West
  38. James Wyatt
  39. James Xavier
  40. James Zachary

How to Choose the Perfect Middle Name

  • Check for weird or offensive initials and monograms
  • Say and write the full name (first, middle, and last) repeatedly to see how it flows. Repetitive sounds can be good, or they can become a tongue twister!
  • Avoid names that have beginning/ending sounds that get lost, such as with Scott Thomas or Amber Rae
  • Balance the weight – if you decide on a very long first name or have a long last name, you may want a short middle name. Short first names often go well with longer middle names.
  • Mix it up – traditional middle names are great with unique first names, while classic baby names are fun when paired with unusual middle names
  • Choose a name that honors a loved one, such as a favorite older relative or family member who has passed
  • Consider a family name, a maiden name, or names that reflect your family’s culture and heritage
  • Choose a name that has a special meaning to you – even if it isn’t a common name (if celebs can do it with Apple and Blue and North, you can too)
  • If you can’t decide on one perfect baby middle name, consider adding a second name and go with your two favorites
  • Lastly, Google the name and make sure there isn’t someone infamous with the same name! (Unless you are ok with your baby sharing the name with a criminal, for instance.)

Famous people named James

  1. James Dean, actor from the 1950s
  2. James Earl Jones, actor
  3. James Franco, actor
  4. James Reynolds, daughter of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
  5. James “Jimmy” Stewart, actor
  6. James Cameron, American movie director
  7. James Corden, comedian and actor
  8. James McAvoy, actor
  9. James Harden, basketball player
  10. James Spader, actor
  11. James Brown, singer
  12. James Charles, YouTuber
  13. Jimmy Page, musician
  14. James Garfield, former US president
  15. James Todd Smith, aka LL Cool J
  16. James Taylor, musician
  17. Jim Morrison, musician
  18. James Marsden, actor
  19. James Caan, actor
  20. James Hetfield, lead singer of Metallica
  21. James Avery, actor
  22. James Bond, movie character

Origin and Meaning of the name James

James is from ancient Hebrew origin and is a derivative of the name Jacob, both of which share the meaning “supplanter.” James also has biblical roots, as two of Jesus’ apostles were named James, as was the brother of Jesus. We also see the Hebrew name Jacob in the Bible, with the story of Jacob and Esau.

James also has many royal connections, and has been seen frequently on both the Scottish and English throne.

There are many variations of the name James in other languages, including Jaime (Spanish), Seamus (Irish), Kimo (Hawaiian), Giacomo (Italian), Iago (Welsh), and Jacques (French).

According to the Social Security Administration, James has ranked in the top 10 most popular boy’s names in the United States since 2014, ranking #5 in 2021. James was also in the top 10 from 1900 to 1992, falling to the top 20 from 1993 to 2013.

Babycenter reports that James is currently the 11th most popular boy’s name in 2022 – a drop from 2021.

Jimmy, Jim, and Jamie (with various spellings) are common nicknames for James.

Other names you may like:

If you’re considering James for your new baby boy but aren’t 100% decided yet, you may also want to consider these names:

  • Jackson
  • John
  • Joshua
  • Levi
  • Elijah
  • Richard
  • Mason
  • Oliver

Which middle name for James is your favorite?

Did you happen to fall in love with one of the suggestions you saw here in this list of names? Or have you considered different middle name ideas that are’t on the list?

I’d love to know! Leave a comment below and share with me!

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As a mom of 4 kids (and the oldest of 4 kids herself), Amanda has over 30 years of parenting experience. A former special education teacher, Amanda has a Master’s degree in Special Education and a second M. Ed. in Educational Leadership.

When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, and long walks through Target.

You can find Amanda on all social media at @parentingnestblog and @amandaseghetti

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