If you’re looking for a Biblical name with a modern feel, you can’t go wrong with Levi. In the Old Testament, Levi is the name of Jacob and Leah’s third son who ultimately went on to form one of the twelve tribes of Israel. While there is some debate over its meaning, it’s commonly believed to mean “joined in harmony” in Hebrew.
One of the great things about the name Levi is that, while it has roots in the Bible, it also has a modern feel thanks to the heavy vowel sounds. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why Levi has been in the top 50 most popular boy’s names since 2013.
Levi is an interesting name on its own but the middle name you choose gives it a whole new twist and a distinct personality. Here are some ideas for how to choose the perfect middle name for Levi.
Keep the Biblical Theme
If you chose Levi because you like the Biblical connection, there are plenty of other names to choose from in both the Old and New Testament. The Old Testament gives you more traditional options like Levi John, Levi Mark, Levi Thomas, or Levi Nathaniel and some that are a little more unusual, like Levi Amos, Levi Gideon, Levi Malachi, or Levi Enoch.
Move into the New Testament to find inspiration for Levi Felix, Levi Rufus, Levi Silas, and Levi Simon or some more mainstream options like Levi Philip, Levi Stephen, or Levi James.
Pair It with Another Hebrew Name
There are a lot of wonderful Hebrew names that have beautiful meanings and a lot of them pair well with Levi. Try Levi Noam which means tenderness, Levi Adley meaning judicious, Levi Tovi meaning good, or Levi Meir meaning enlightened.
Go Vowel Heavy…
One of the reasons Levi is such a popular name is because it manages to have a modern feel even though we know it goes all the way back to Biblical times. This is primarily due to the blend of consonants and vowels and it also gives you another way to approach finding a middle name.
Pairing Levi with a vowel-heavy middle name given is a smooth transition and flow. For example, Levi Elias, Levi Aiden, and Levi Ian or try Levi Gauge or Levi Reese for something a little more powerful.
… or Try a Few Harder Consonants
Using a middle name that emphasis a hard consonant sound gives a whole new feel to the flow of the name and makes it just a little stronger. Try names like Levi Marshal, Levi Merrick, Levi Mille, Levi Roderick, or even something like Levi Ephram or Levi Ambrose.
When playing with consonants and vowels, it helps to take your last name into account, too. If you have a consonant heavy last name, a vowel filled middle name might sound better and vice versa.
Play with Long and Short
With only two syllables, Levi is not particularly long. Pairing it with another short name as opposed to a longer one gives a much different rhythm. For example, you could try other two-syllable names like Levi Aaron, Levi Asher, Levi Dante, Levi Gunnar, or Levi Greyson. Or, go for something really short like Levi Jace, Levi Cole, Levi Beau, Levi Kyle, Levi Dean, or Levi Knox.
Alternately, pairing Levi with a long three or four syllable name sounds completely different. Consider Levi Oliver, Levi Mateo, Levi Harrison, or Levi Tobias as three syllable options and Levi Alexander, Levi Emmanuel, Levi Giovanni, Levi Maximillian, or Levi Zachariah.
Again, your last name might come into play here. If it’s long, you might want to stick with a shorter middle name so it’s not too long overall. If your last name is really short, choosing a four or five syllable middle name can give the name more weigh.
Go Ultra Modern and Unique
If you want a name that really stands out, there are a lot of really fun, modern options to choose from. Some great examples are Levi Jasper, Levi Axel, Levi Cage, Levi Blue, Levi Moon, Levi Ryker, Levi Abner, Levi Oak, Levi Quill, or Levi Rooney.
Of course, you could also just go with something you love. A band, a song, a book, a place, a character. Truly, the sky’s the limit. This gives you options like Levi Lyric, Levi Brooklyn, Levi Ashbury, Levi Starr, Levi Vonnegut, Levi Denim, or Levi Rhett.
Joined in Harmony
Choosing a middle name isn’t easy. It really can change the whole feel of the first name you spent so long trying to decide on. No matter what middle name you choose, though, don’t worry. Your little one will take it and make it completely his own. It’s fitting that Levi means “joined in harmony” because that’s exactly what your son’s name will be.