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    I really want to give my baby a middle name from the family, particularly my grandparents, but my side of the family has a bunch of not so pretty names. My Middle name was from my Great-grandma Josephine. I hated it growing up but have come to love it and appreciate the history. My baby's GG's are named Bernice and Stella, I never met Stella but my Grandma Bernice was a big influence in my life and I would love to honor her. What do you think of the middle name Bernice, and do you think my daughter would hate me for giving it to her. As far as a boy, I think I would have to look at my Hubby's side of the family b/c those name are even worse, Elmer and Vernon. I would love to give my daughter a name that I can tell her belonged to a strong, loving, smart woman who she can look up to, but I also don't want her to hate her name because it's old-fashioned. What do you think?

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    I actually like the name Stella. I do think Bernice is a little old fashion, but not a bad middle name at all. Both of my girls have middle names after people. I like that tradition. I don't think it would be bad as middle names don't get used that often. If you really don't like the names, you could always try to find some version that you like more.
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    I actually like Bernice over Stella. The only thing I would keep in mind, is I know some people name their first born after family and then when they have more children it gets harder because they still want their other children to feel they have a special name/named after family. kwim?

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    Not really a huge fan of Stella or Bernice, but I understand wanting to use a family name. What were their middles names? Or maiden names? Are those better or could they be slightly altered to be more 'modern'? We used DH grandmother's maiden name for DD middle name (McCann).

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    My Nana had the same issue when naming her children she wanted to use family names for middle names, but had names like Maude and Ada to choose from, so she adapted Ada and gave my Mum the middle name Adele.
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    My niece's mn is Bernice, she hasn't had any problems with it. But she has always been part of the cool crowd and has a simple first name

    I think Stella is fine too. i actually think it is gaining more popularity.

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    What is Bernice's middle name or did she go by a nick name?
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    Ya maybe use Bernice mname or her maider name... good idea.
    Or just go with it, it's not that bad! I love the idea cause it's has a meaning. We chose our son middle name because of our honeymoon destination. He middle name is Lucas and we went to Cabo San Lucas for our honey moon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AimeeLynne View Post
    What is Bernice's middle name or did she go by a nick name?
    She is actually Rachel B. But her dad sometimes calls her Bernie.

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    I'm not a fan of Bernice or Stella.

    Maybe Bernadette?
    Maybe Ella, Elle, Ellie, Ellen or Eleanor? (as a take off of Stella)
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