Two Middle Names?

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Two Middle Names?

Is it uncommon to have two middle names? First we were going to use either my middle name (Marie) or DH's mom's first name (Leonor) as the middle name, but then we decided on a name without either of those. Now DH is wanting to use two middle names because he really likes the name we chose but still wants to honor his mother, but it's not a name we really like. So as it stands, she would be Emilie Claire Leonor Martinez (he prefers Leonor to be the 2nd middle name and not to hyphenate anything). Just curious what you guys think ...

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I think that forms and what not are not really set up for that and it would be hard to know what the "right" way to do it would be. A friend on my other bb has a hyphenated first name and she said that it's always a pain since that's never really a choice and putting it together or leaving a space isn't technically correct either. That is actually one of the reasons that dd2's name is Marianne instead of MaryAnn or Mary Anne. I just wanted to make it easier. Having said that, since it's a second middle name I don't know if she will ever even really use it so it might not be too hard to deal with. I don't know if that helps or not!

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i think it's sweet that DH wants to honor his mom, so i think it would be fine to do both. or, i also think emilie leanor is pretty if you decide to go with one middle name. lindsay raises some good points... i guess all the names would be on her birth certificate, but for other things she would probably have to choose either claire or leanor to list as her middle name and do the same one consistently to avoid confusion. but even if leanor didn't make official documents, it would still be one of her names and have the sentimental value.

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Personally I would never do two middle names, that makes for a loooooooong name, especially is they ever get married. Smile

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Yeah, I think two middle names is just gonna be a problem. But DH is thinking what you said, Amanda. To just basically have it on the birth certificate but not really use it otherwise. Still don't know how that would work down the road, though. I mean, wouldn't it have to be used for job applications and on her DL and such? Ack. I think I would rather just drop Claire all together, even though I really like it. Kayla has my mom's first name as her middle name (Elizabeth) so it only seems right and fair.

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Would Dh go for the idea of a name that sounds like his mom's name like Leah or Nora or something like that?
One of our girl names is Rebecca Suzanne (Becca), his mom is Rebecca (Becky) and my mom is Susan. I just don't like how Rebecca Susan sounded so we went with Suzanne since it's so close. Just a thought.

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That's a very interesting idea! I'll propose it to him and see what he thinks. Thanks for the suggestion! Smile

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My Granddad, brother and DS all have two middle names. It's never been much of an issue for them. In filling out forms I don't believe any of them have ever had an issue, although a lot of places drop the second middle name for my brother and he gets mail addressed to Mr Firstname middlename1 lastname, or if they use initals for first and middle all going on. Brother and DS have a short name, longer name, short name but my Grandad had thre longer names and still no issue.
I say if you like two middle names use them

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Both my children have two middle names... it's never been an issue and I've never had a problem with forms and their full names equal 22 and 23 letters each. I say don't worry about it and if you want to use two middle names go for it Smile More often than not you're only going to be writing down their first and last names anyway in every day life.

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Great perspective! Good to know that it's an option and not too hard to deal with!

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Hey There..

On the two middle names topic.. I gave my daughter two middle names her name is Arianna Destiny Inez C. I havent had any problems with her name at all social security recognizes it and she has her full name on her ss card and birth certificate altho we dont end up using the full name on applications and its not been a problem for us and we call her by her first middle name lol well everyone ends up doing what they feel is best for them so good luck on that and hope my two cents helped lol

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Two middle names isn't uncommon in my family; my mom and a lot of her siblings have had them, as well as my niece, whose name is Sophia Helena Faith W. It's REALLY not an issue or an inconvenience in any way. I think on forms that require you to list a middle name (of which in life there really aren't that many), they just include the first one.

Personally I love the sound of double middle names. Go for it!

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Both my husband and I have 2 middle names, so it doesn't seem strange that we picked two middle names for the baby. His sister has 2 middle names and all of my siblings have 2 middle names...ironically none of our parents do LOL.

I think if hyou want to do it, then do it Smile it's a middle name (plus if they don't like their forst name it gives them 2 chioces to pick from - I say that with tongue in cheek as my mom goes by her middle name). I hear all the time that when you look at your little one you will know what their name should be Smile

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OK LOL, I was actually thinking of going the opposite route with NO middle name since DH has no middle name (he's japanese). But in all fairness to this baby, Karina has a middle name, so he will be getting one too.

It sounds like there should be no issue with 2 middle names!

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Thanks so much for the feedback everyone! As it stands today, she will have two middle names. I'm still okay with using only my MIL's name as the middle name though, but DH will make the final decision. Smile

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DD has two middle names and if we have a girl this time she will have two middle names. The second middle name is an honor to family, so on forms I either do the complete name or First Name Middle Name Middle Initial Last Name.