What’s in a name? 

Choosing your child’s name will be one of your greatest joys as a parent. Because your baby’s name is so important, it’s normal to feel pressured or apprehensive when trying to choose the right one.

Names give us an identity, a title by which others come to know us. One of the sweetest parts of parenthood is seeing your child grow into his or her identity.

We had an idea of how to name our son before he was born, but it was when we cradled him in our arms for the first time that we were able to fully commit to his name. Now we see so clearly how that name defines him!

It’s important to give your son a name that is both lovable and meaningful to you. In our middle names series, we’d endeavored to create a nearly exhaustive list of options!

From A to Z, we want to explore with you the best middle names for Noah. Does the middle name work well with your last name? Does it have a meaning that you love? Does it sound “right” and give you a sense of peace and joy? 

Let’s jump into the naming factors that can help you choose a good middle name for your Noah!

 

 

 

 

Noah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “rest” or “comfort.” One of the oldest accounts of the name, Noah is found in the Old Testament of the Bible.

A man who found favor with God, Noah built an incredible ark and saved his family from the Great Flood. Later, God placed a rainbow in the sky and told Noah that he promised never to flood the earth again.

During the Protestant Reformation, many Puritan families gave their sons the name Noah to hopefully reflect God’s favor. It was only a modestly popular name choice until the 1990s when it skyrocketed in popularity – likely due to famous ER doctor Noah Wyle – eventually becoming one of the top 10 boy names in the early 2000s.

 

 

  • How does each middle name sound with Noah? 

 

The name Noah is classic enough to pair well with many different middle names. It’s also less likely for friends and family to come up with a nickname for Noah!

It’s important to find a middle name that supports Noah’s traditional appeal and compliments it based on your last name. So what is the art of pairing names together? 

Consider the name Noah Grey Rand. It sounds okay but it doesn’t quite flow, right?

The multiple “-a” endings make it feel repetitive, and while the first and middle names sound okay together, they don’t pair well with a one-syllable last name.

But names like Noah Charles Rand or Noah Grey Carter seem to roll off the tongue better. So what’s the pattern?

In order for names to flow well together, they need to achieve cadence.

Cadence is actually very simple, but it’s something we think little about when naming our babies!

It’s the reason a name will lack flow or sound like a mouthful. Cadence is the rhythmic flow of a set of sounds or words. Like a meter in a song, cadence gives words a pulse or beat. 

Typically, mixed syllable names sound best because they create cadence, such as the examples above which had 2:2:1 and 2:1:2 syllables, respectively.

Names with more syllables also add a stateliness to the full name. Consider the name Noah Alexander Hart. The long middle name adds a particular cadence to the shorter first and last names. Alliteration is also always an effective tool for creating cadence, such as a name like Noah Drake Dougherty

When trying to determine the cadence of your baby’s potential name, take time to say it out loud in different tones. What does it sound like in a soothing tone?

How about when you introduce him to a new teacher? And the one we hope to avoid but just can’t – how does it sound in your high-pitched you’re-in-so-much-trouble mom voice?

If it sounds like a mouthful, makes you laugh, or doesn’t flow well, then you’ll know it’s not the right name! While cadence is instructive, naming is also a kind of art – sometimes it has to make sense to the eye (or ear!) of the beholder.

 

 

  • What do the two names mean together?

 

Your son’s first name needs a good companion!

That’s why it matters how his middle name complements his first name, Noah. Is there another name that has a special meaning to you?

For example, my son’s first name means, “God has been gracious,” and his middle name means, “valiant protector.” Together his name loosely translates “gracious protector,” and we find it perfect for an eldest son! It doesn’t always work effortlessly, but sometimes the meanings of names can complement each other as much as the names themselves! 

It’s also important to consider nicknames that may be given to your son, although Noah does not have many common nicknames! The most popular nickname for Noah is “Nono.”

After that, it’s typically more endearing nicknames like “Noah bear” and “Noey.” That said, it may not matter which middle name you choose for your little Noah in terms of nickname pairing.

But choosing a middle name you love is of great benefit in the event that you (or your son) decides to be called by that middle name.

 

 

  • Are there names that are significant to your family? 

 

Selecting a family name is a thoughtful way to show honor or remembrance for loved ones, given that your families respect your decision and don’t feel like you are showing preference. (Further proof that names are so important to everyone!)

Maybe your father’s name or brother’s middle name have significant value in the family. Or perhaps there is a great-grandfather or uncle who bears a name that is meaningful to you.

Looking into our family history is sometimes a great way to discover more traditional names that fit with a classic name like Noah!

 

Best middle names for Noah

So what are the best middle names for Noah? Below is a comprehensive list for the top 101 middle name ideas for Noah!

  1. Noah Alexander
  2. Noah Allen
  3. Noah Andrew
  4. Noah Anthony
  5. Noah Baxter
  6. Noah Benjamin
  7. Noah Blake
  8. Noah Blue
  9. Noah Brady
  10. Noah Braxton
  11. Noah Brendan
  12. Noah Brooks
  13. Noah Bryce
  14. Noah Cade
  15. Noah Carter
  16. Noah Charles
  17. Noah Chase
  18. Noah Christian
  19. Noah Christopher
  20. Noah Cole
  21. Noah Colin
  22. Noah Daniel
  23. Noah Dayne
  24. Noah Declan
  25. Noah Dominic
  26. Noah Drake
  27. Noah Duke
  28. Noah Edward
  29. Noah Elias
  30. Noah Evan
  31. Noah Felix
  32. Noah Flynn
  33. Noah Frederick
  34. Noah Garrett
  35. Noah Gavin
  36. Noah George
  37. Noah Graham
  38. Noah Grant
  39. Noah Gregory
  40. Noah Grey
  41. Noah Harvey
  42. Noah Hayes
  43. Noah Henry
  44. Noah Isaac
  45. Noah Jace
  46. Noah Jacob
  47. Noah Jackson
  48. Noah Jaden
  49. Noah James
  50. Noah Jefferson
  51. Noah John
  52. Noah Jordan
  53. Noah Jude
  54. Noah Julian
  55. Noah Kent
  56. Noah Kyle
  57. Noah Lee
  58. Noah Levi
  59. Noah Lucas
  60. Noah Malcolm
  61. Noah Mason
  62. Noah Matthew
  63. Noah Maxwell
  64. Noah Michael
  65. Noah Oliver
  66. Noah Parker
  67. Noah Patrick
  68. Noah Peter
  69. Noah Peyton
  70. Noah Pierce
  71. Noah Paul
  72. Noah Phillip
  73. Noah Preston
  74. Noah Quinn
  75. Noah Reid
  76. Noah Rider
  77. Noah Riley
  78. Noah Robert
  79. Noah Ryan
  80. Noah Sage
  81. Noah Samuel
  82. Noah Scott
  83. Noah Simon
  84. Noah Stanley
  85. Noah Tate
  86. Noah Taylor
  87. Noah Thomas
  88. Noah Timothy
  89. Noah Tristan
  90. Noah Tyler
  91. Noah Tucker
  92. Noah Walker
  93. Noah Wiley
  94. Noah Wesley
  95. Noah Wilde
  96. Noah William
  97. Noah Weston
  98. Noah Wyatt
  99. Noah Vance
  100. Noah Vincent
  101. Noah Zachary

 

A few of my favorites

With a classically strong name like Noah, there are many good middle name choices. Once you find that perfect fit for your baby boy, be prepared to fall more in love with it over time!

Personally, I like Noah Blake for a more modern name, Noah Charles for a classic spin, Noah Phillip for a biblical name, and Noah Wilde for a unique or literary-sounding name.

Whichever name you choose, it will be the perfect one for your son because you chose it – so rest easy and have fun deciding, mama!

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