I read weird things on my phone when I'm nursing at 4 am. I don't know how, I just always end up looking at the most random things on the internet at that time of day. Anyway this morning I was looking at a baby naming forum (I don't belong to this forum and am not that interested in baby names now that mine has one - random!), and one of the things that I noticed was that at least half of the posters were posting names that had more than one middle name. Example: Katherine Elizabeth Anne Smith, or Kai Jonas Edward Mitchell Rogers. This led me to google. Is this A Thing? Are people doing multiple middle names now? Apparently it's always been a thing in Europe (and I knew it's a thing in some Hispanic cultures), and I guess it's also a thing among "the upper classes" so it's now trickling down to the rest of us. So, thoughts on the multiple middle name phenomenon? Classy? Fun? Overkill?
Total pet peeve of mine. Make up your flipping mind - 4 names is annoying.
Our kids have an extra thing in their names. They have Dave's last name, so they each have my last name as a middle name, but they also have a middle initial (just an initial). It represents their womb nickname, but we've told them they can tell people whatever they want about it. It's weird, I know.
I admit that my response this morning was crotchety and probably heavily influenced by the fact that it was 4 am and I was tired. I was basically like "Oh you fancy, huh?" LOL Now that I've gotten a bit more sleep and had a shower, I think that I guess it doesn't really matter because there are so few times when you actually need to use your middle name. I have a middle name, but I only use it if something like a form specifically asks for it. So I guess sure, if you really want, do it up, have a bunch. It probably doesn't matter. All of those syllables sound like too much to my ear, but I realize that's just a personal preference.
In general, I'm not a fan. I've known 1 person in real life that did it and while it was for sentimental reasons (his mom and grandma who had passed) I thought it was overkill.
I'm much more fond of 1 middle name.
I would rather a kid have 2 middle names vs. a first name that the parents are spelling "creatively".
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
The S in Harry S. Truman was just an initial. My grandfather was sad that he didn't have a middle name, so he added an initial too. Funny.
I do agree it can be a bit much although in some families it's just tradition. Our is semi-annoying, I know, but we like it and the kids have yet to complain. It doesn't even come up!
The one that is annoying to me is, my oldest sister had 5 boys, when she had the 5th she had her tubes tied and so decided that she needed to use all the male "J" names that she did not get to use in the past. Her boys are:
Jordan Jan-Michael (Jan-Michael was after his dad and uncle who died as a baby)
Jesse Cody Douglas (two of my sisters were pregnant at the same time, the one who had her baby first used my dad's middle name as a middle name so my sister decided that she had to include my dad's first name...the babies were 6 weeks apart)
Joshua Jacob James (because she could not choose which "J" name to use....)
the last 2 boys are with her second husband, so that may be the reasoning for the double middle names?
Sean (38 )
Robbie (8 )
Bailey (April 2, 2011)
"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." Caroline Myss
Not really on my radar to be annoyed with the middle names (or first names) people choose to give their children. I always just assume people have reasons that they want to give more then one middle name, or no middle name, or just an initial.
My BFF has a DD with 2 middle names. Julia for my friends sister that had died as a child and Ann for some other family member. All three of her names flow together really well so it sounds great when Rach is calling for her
Jessica, I do get a little annoyed with unique spelling. I had a student this year that was Taylor, but her parents spelled it very different and she had the hardest time learning to write it
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Last edited by mom3girls; 07-05-2013 at 06:06 PM.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
My dad's got 2 middle names, and my oldest nephew does too. Other than that we're a one middle name kind of family. I don't really care how many middle names other people have. It's not like we go around calling people by all their names anyway. My only thing when we were deciding on names for our kids is that they were a fairly common spelling and that their middle names went well with their first and last names. Maybe some families are so steeped in the tradition of passing down family names there's basically no way around 2 or more middle names. I wouldn't like that.