Whether you’ve already found the perfect first name or are opting to start by selecting the middle name first, here is a great list of middle names that start with the letter C so you can find the perfect combination for your new baby.

Middle Names That Start with C

  • Cade Cade, which means loosely “lumpy” or “rotund/round,” is an Old English surname likely shortened. Today, this name is used for both boys and girls and makes a great shorter middle name.
  • Cactus Cactus, which means “desert plant,” is trending today as a nature name and makes a cute middle name that is unisex.
  • Camrynn Camrynn, also spelled Camryn, Camron or Camren, means “one who has a crooked nose” and is of Gaelic origins. Despite the unflattering meaning, parents these days are again giving this unisex name a new heyday. Once only a masculine moniker, celebrities like Cameron Diaz an American actress put this name in the female sector.
  • CaraCara, which translates to “someone loved much” or “good friend,” comes from the Latin word – cara (beloved) and/or the Irish Gaelic word cara (friend) and makes a meaningful but current middle name choice.
  • Carey Carey, usually seen as a last name or a male first name, this name is trending as a short and fun unisex middle name. Its meaning translates to “from the river” or “from a fort on a hill.” The name hails from England and refers to two places – in Devon or in Somerset – both known for their rivers.
  • CarmelCarmel, which means “orchard” or “garden,” is a Hebrew name which today refers to an Israel biblical location termed Mount Carmel. Other variations include Carmello and Carmelo, and the name is trending today as both a female and male name with the new twist of using it as a middle name.
  • Carolina Carolina, which means “free-man” or “free-woman,” “strong or beautiful woman,” or “joyous song,” has origins from the feminine version of the Latin male name Carolus, which became Charles in English or French. Once only a feminine name, Carolina today is making this a popular male middle name especially with a strong sounding first name.
  • CassidyCassidy, which means “curly haired,” has its origins from the Irish surname and Gaelic roots and can mean “clever” as well. Ten years ago this was a trending female name, but recently, parents have started using this for a male middle name with its easy and lilting sound.
  • CashCash, once meant “hollow,” and was of Latin and English origins. Recent name trends include this one more for its association with country legend Johnny Cash, or for its literal meaning “money” perhaps, and it is showing up as a popular middle name.
  • Cason Cason, which is a location surname name in Old English depicting someone from the town Cawston in Norfolk. This pronunciation is the earlier Old Scandinavian version of casa with the tun ending meaning a settlement. Some ancient meanings include “seer” as a possible translation.
  • Cavell Cavell, has different meanings depending on where it is used. It is a famous surname tracing back to 1200 in Cornwell, but the name is found in Africa, Italy and ancient Persia with slight spelling variations. The meanings range from “bald,” Old English, “horse,” Italian, “yes” in Ghana or “a gift from the mist” in Persian. It is also known as “King Arthur's dog.”
  • ChandlerChandler, which means “candle seller,” was popularized during the hit sitcom character from “Friends.” This is an Old French and Middle English surname once used for boys but gaining in popularity for girls especially as a middle name.
  • ChanceChance, has an expected meaning of “one who takes risks,” also of Old Middle English and Old French from the surname that translates to “good fortune.” That seems to be the case with Rap star Chance the Rapper.
  • Chaim Chaim, with means “life” or “alive,” is an old Hebrew/Jewish name used since medieval times.
  • Channing Channing, which means “young wolf” in Irish and “church official” in the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain, is making headway as a unisex middle name usually leaning more towards the wolf traditional meaning from Irish lore.
  • Chantal Chantel – Both Chantal and Chantel mean “place of stones.” Once a feminine name in Old French relating to Jeanne de Chantal a famed Catholic saint. The name is popular now due to its unisex appeal and nature meaning.
  • CheyenneCheyenne, which translates to “unintelligible speaker,” is of French-Canadian origin from when French settlers encountered Native Americans. The name stems from the elements sa or “red” and “speak” or ya.
  • ChinaChina, translated to mean “Qin's Kingdom” or a place name that is an Asian sounding name for girls, hails from many different languages and cultures. Today, China is also used as a unisex name making headway as a middle name in recent years.
  • CianCian, means “ancient,” and was once a shortened version of Cianachta in Gaelic/Celtic history. It has been climbing as a popular boy name, but some are using the name for girls too.
  • Cielo Cielo, means “heaven” or “sky,” and the name has origins in Spanish cultures. The name is usually given to girls traditionally, but a few brave parents are using this as a male middle name more for the nature theme.
  • Cairo Cairo, which means “victorious one,” is of Arabian origins and is gender neutral. Also refers to the place Egypt and has several spelling variations.
  • CaseyCasey, which translates to “watchful” or “vigilant,” has its roots in Irish Gaelic lore. For a female name, Casey can be a nickname for Cassandra, another name that means “unknown prophetess” or “seer.” Casey can also be shortened for K.C. initial names and is gaining in popularity as a unisex middle name in the United States and Great Britain.
  • Cypress Cypress, which refers to the Cypress tree, is of Greek origins. Usually associated with “strength,” “regenerating” and other Cypress tree characteristics. Again, a popular nature name with unique features.
  • CoryCory, means “one from the hill country” or “ravine,” and is a cool moniker for a boy or girl. The name is of Irish roots and may be translated to “hollow” in some locales.
  • Cyan Cyan, which means a “light blue-green color,” is a terrific unisex middle name trending along with names like Caylix. American origins although the word is found in other languages besides English.

Boy Middle Names That Start with C

  • Cully Cully, which means “woods” or “dove,” is of Gaelic Irish origin taking the Gaelic name Cully and the Old English name for Culver.
  • Coltrane Coltrane, which means “frisky” or “young horse,” this name is known in Britain for the Old English word name for colt. It is ideal for parents wanting something a little different yet solid.
  • Chicago Chicago, which means “onion” or “skunk,” and is of Native American origin which the city in Illinois is named after. If you get past the smelly parts, this is an unusual name that is also a place which is popular these days.
  • Crewe Crewe, which translates to “chariot,” is a Welsh surname that indicated a borderland region between Welsh and England near a river. Some trace the name meaning back to Roman Latin where chariots were the fastest and meanest rides around.
  • Calixto Calixto, which means “beautiful,” is a Latin name used by 3 different popes with one being a revered martyr. The name is said to describe a boy who is energetic and futuristic making it ideal for adventurous little boys.
  • Cosimo Cosimo, which means “universe” with “dramatic and exotic” undertones, this name originates in ancient Greece and carries the meaning of an “organized beauty” is also popular in Italy. Cosima is the feminine version.
  • Covey Covey, which means “brood of chattering birds,” is of Old English origins and is rising in popularity today.
  • Cirilo Cirilo, which means “lord” or “master,” comes from the Greek name of Cyril also a choice for a boy's unusual middle name.
  • Chevalier Chevalier, which means “horseman” or “knight,” comes from French origin and indicates someone of honor and renown especially as a knight in service and with horse-riding and battle skills.
  • Chelton Chelton, which translates to “farm near the water well,” is a location name trending in Europe and the United States. It comes from the Old English name of Chilton.
  • Cuyler Cuyler, which means “archer” or “bowman,” is a boy name that hails from the Danish name Kyler. It is more common in Germany and European countries but is different enough to intrigue American parents.
  • Conlon Conlon, which means “hero,” is a charming and strong name of Gaelic and Irish origins perfect for a little boy.
  • Caile Caile, which means “courageous,” comes from an Old English male name often seen spelled Caile, Cayle, Kaile and is a variant of the English name Cale.
  • Chayne Chayne, which loosely translates to “oak-hearted,” this French male name infers strength and stability like the tree it is named after.
  • Colley Colley, which means “dark-haired one,” is an Old English surname that translates to “swarthy.”
  • Callaghan Callaghan, which means “strife” or “bright headed,” this name comes from Irish origin. There is a famous Irish Saint Callaghan who is revered there.
  • Cadel Cadel, which translates to “battle,” comes from ancient Welsh origin signifying a tough and worthy name. However, this name can mean playful puppy in French so investigate all meanings.
  • Cutler Cutler, which translates to “knifemaker,” this Old English name is already in our vocabulary with cutlery we use in the kitchen. As a robust boys name, Cutler is a solid choice that is coming back around.
  • Clint Clint, which translates to “fenced settlement,” this boy's name comes from the Old English name of Clinton. This was popular in Hollywood when Clint Eastwood was a leading actor and is having a comeback.
  • CreedCreed, which means “I believe” or “a guiding belief or principle,” this name has origins in English and Latin. In England, it can also refer to a place or farm near Sussex the original work meaning “plants” or “weeds.” This is a deeply meaningful name that indicates one who lives by high principles and great faith yet is trendy enough to sound fresh and rather modern.
  • Collin, Colin – Collin or its relation Colin, means “young cub” or “young pup.” The name is traced to Gaelic, English, Scottish, Irish and Greek origins. It can also translate to “victory of the people.”
  • Caz Caz, translates roughly to “famous destroyer of peace,” and originates in Slavic lands. It is sometimes short for Casimir, and may mean “descendant of the vigilant one.” It is a strong but short name well suited as a middle moniker that's a bit off the beaten name list.
  • Cabbot Cabbot, which means “strolling player,” is of French origin, and is of Italian origin spelled Cabot like the Italian born English explorer John Cabot.
  • Cayto Cayto, which translates to “all-knowing one,” comes from a Latin origin, and is a slightly mysterious name that is still trendy enough for today's boys.
  • Chantrey Chantrey, which means “singing,” is of Old French origin that may refer to a chantry from the Middle Ages. This was a monetary fund to pay for the singing of religious masses intended to aid the soul.

Girl Middle Names That Start with C

  • CallieCallie, which means “beautiful,” and may be short for Calista. The name is of Greek origins, but this nickname can also be short of Catherine, Calliope and Caroline too. Some spell this name Kali as a reference to the Hindu goddess.
  • CarinaCarina, which means “pure, dear or beloved,” the name is of Italian heritage and translates to “little darling.”
  • CarlyCarly, which means “free man, little woman” and also “a melodic song,” is derived from Latin but is translated in many European countries.
  • CarmineCarmine, which means “song” from the Latin phrase carminis, or song. Alone in lowercase, carmine means red. The name traces back to early Christian cultures and Latin cultures today have made this girl name popular indeed.
  • CharlotteCharlotte, an older name meaning “free man or free woman,” is related to the masculine form Carolus in Latin otherwise translated Charles in French and Old English. Charlotte has been associated with royalty, and Princess Charlotte of England has again moved this name to the forefront. Some translate this name to “diminutive or petite” making it a wonderful feminine name. The name Charlie is also fast becoming a cute girl's middle name.
  • CiaraCiara, translates to “dark-haired beauty” or “dark-skinned,” is a popular girl's name from ancient Gaelic Irish origins and a Catholic saint of the same name is also revered. Many famous celebrities have this name.
  • ChloeChloe, often seen spelled like or Chloé or Chloë, means “fertility or blooming,” from the Greek words for young green shoots of plants/trees that blossom in the Springtime. The name traces back to the Greek fertility goddess. Some spell this pretty feminine name with a K like the Kardashian sister.
  • Chai – Chai Yenn, which means “rainbow” or “of wealth” in Chinese, is often translated to Cheyenne in the U.S. It means “one with unintelligible speech” and possibly a “red hue” in English and French Canadian languages. This is a trendy name that is unique and is inspired by Asian and Native American cultures mixed with some color name origins all the rage in baby names this year.
  • Cybele Cybele, which means “mother of all the gods and wild nature,” refers to the Greek mythological nature goddess that became “The Great Mother” in Asia Minor and also in Rome. She is often depicted with lions.
  • Celine Celine, which means “heavenly,” is the French version of an old family surname in ancient Rome who were thought to have come from the heavens. Almost everyone today recognizes Celine Dion the famed French-Canadian songstress with the lyrical and phenomenal voice. Selene, an alternate spelling, has a different meaning of “moon.”
  • CeciliaCecilia, which means “blind” or “dim-sighted,” hails from an old Roman surname as well. This is the feminine version of the Latin name Cecil, and Cecilia is the patron saint of music who sang to God as she was dying.
  • CatherineCatherine, which translates to “pure”, has its origins in Greek, but this name has lots of variations in many different regions of the world. Nicknames include Cate, Kate, Catie or Katy. A lovely name for a pretty lass.
  • CleoCleo, which means “glory,” comes from Greek and was made popular in English speaking countries later. This name can be short for Cleopatra a big name for a petite baby girl that may be better named this sweet nickname instead.
  • ColetteColette, a feminine name meaning “people of victory,” comes from the French female name Nicole which of course is the feminine form of the masculine Greek name Nickolas. Once a popular girls name almost everywhere, this adorable name lost its way in the past several decades. Never fear, this name is again making a comeback.
  • CamillaCamila – Camila, which means “a young ceremonial attendant,” is the Spanish version of an old Roman name taken from Roman mythology. The Roman/Greek Camilla was a fast-footed huntress who helped men in battle and ran so swift the blades of grass beneath her feet would turn to ashes. The British version is popularized by the Royal wife of Prince Charles.
  • Corrine Corrine, which means “young maiden” or “girl,” is a female name of Corina or Korinna of Greek origin. This spelling is the English and French versions.
  • Cataleya – Cataleya, which means “Cattley's flower,” was named for William Cattely, a British horticulturist, and is the genius of orchids that became noteworthy from “Colombiana” The name combines various elements of female names including Aaliyah, Leah and Caitlin.
  • Capri Capri, which means “Italian island” or “fanciful or unpredictable,” is an Italian name indicating a place. It is the name picked by the late great Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa for their younger daughter.
  • ChanelChanel, which means “canal,” became popular for the French fashion designer icon Gabrielle, nicknamed “Coco,” Chanel. Designer names are in for both girls and boys. Some parents are opting for the cute Coco as a name in its own right.
  • Clover Clover, which means “meadow flower,” is a sassy girl name that retains the nature-vibe in a unique way. This is an English origin name, and is currently hot with Hollywood celebrity parents.
  • Cassiopeia Cassiopeia, a name of a Greek mythological Queen mother who boasted vainly of her beauty and was turned into a star constellation give today's moms a terrific and unique star name that can be shortened if desired.
  • Calypso Calypso, which means “she who hides,” is an elegant and upbeat name for girls that originated in Greek mythology representing an island nymph who was also the daughter of Atlas. The name is also known in Trinidad and Tobago, other island locales, becoming the name of a certain musical genre popularized by West Indian musicians like Harry Belafonte.
  • Cressida Cressida, which means “gold,” is known more in England than here in the United States. She was the beautiful but fickle and faithless Trojan heroine and then was immortalized by Shakespeare. This feminine name is an excellent one if wanting something a bit more original but love the deeper meaning and the mythical story behind the name.
  • Circe Circe, which means “bird,” is a lovely name for a little girl. The name comes from Greek mythology, and Circe was the daughter of the sun god Helios who lived on an island and had magical powers to turn men into animals.
  • Caia Caia, which means “to rejoice,” this name is the Latin feminine version of Caius and is the Roman goddess of women and fire making it a hot topic among parents looking for an unusual name.