Unusual Middle Name Question…

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: What is your reaction to an unusual middle name?
    Don't like it, no matter what the background : (3 votes)
    1 %
    Doesn't bother me, even if I don't know the background : (111 votes)
    54 %
    Don't like it until I hear the background, then it might grow on me : (26 votes)
    13 %
    Middle names are totally unimportant and no one cares about your middle name unless you're an infant : (61 votes)
    30 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @ExcitedScaredBee:  Harvey’s not a weird name at all, but I don’t think middle names matter to anyone except the people who have them.

    Post # 4
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Usually you don’t even know someone’s middle name, so you can go crazy! haha jk

    Honestly though, if I hear an “unusual” middle name, I assume it’s somehow a family name.

    But…I really don’t consider Harvey a “weird/awkward” middle name. It’s not the most common name ever, but I wouldn’t consider it particularly unusual. When you said weird…I was picturing something totally out of the box…like Chapstick or something lol

    Post # 5
    3677 posts
    Sugar bee

    You don’t have any options on your poll for “Unusual middle names are awesome and cool!”, which is what I would vote.

    In my family, almost all of us have a pretty ordinary first name, but a more distinctive middle name, and we are planning to do that with our kids as well. (And my brother’s middle name is “Harley,” which was my grandpa’s name!) I really like that particular way of infusing uniqueness into a name without being exaggerated about it: the kid gets the best of both worlds, a first name that makes it easier to navigate through life and a middle name that is more distinctive.

    Post # 6
    412 posts
    Helper bee

    I voted “doesn’t bother me even if I don’t know the background” but I actually quite like middle names that don’t seem to fit/are unusual. Because it doesn’t matter, so go for it! (Though having said that, I have a super long name, and forms get annoying…)

    Post # 7
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My username is my middle name if that tells you anything, haha. I hated it as a kid but don’t mind it now.

    Post # 8
    2063 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @pineapplez17:  great, you just gave away my #1 baby name, Chapstick!  haha.

    Post # 9
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    Unusual middle names don’t bother me at all.  I think its a way for parents to give their kids names some character without going giving their kids a really out there first name.  I prefer middle names to have meaning though.  My twins have middle names that are family names.  I suppose my daughters middle name is probably the most unusual out of them but there are at least 6 other people in my family with the same middle name so its not that out there.  In fact I wish my middle name was more unusual.  Its Re’nee and my parents just liked it….blah lol.

    Post # 10
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @mu_t:  whoops! hopefully no one will steal it!!

    Post # 11
    13168 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I don’t think Harvey is even an unusual middle name!

    But I don’t mind “out there” middle names like I mind “out there” first names.  Most people don’t even know others’ middle names and they don’t become a part of your professional persona.  If I hear an odd middle name, I tend to assume it has some kind of family significance.

    Post # 12
    3557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My middle name is spelled a bit oddly, so I always have to spell it out for people. I’m glad it’s not my first name because that would get annoying. I don’t think having an unusual middle name is a bad thing though, it probably prevents mix ups if someone else has a similar name to your child’s.

    Post # 13
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think Harvey is a normal name… I was expecting some crazy, “celebrity-esque” name. Most people don’t even know my middle name and I certainly don’t know a lot of other people’s. I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Post # 14
    4372 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I never give a second thought to middle names, and I actually think if you’re drawn to an odd name it’s a totally appropriate place to use it if you prefer not to have it as a first name haha.

    That being said, Harvey isn’t unusual!

    Post # 15
    2912 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Who ever talks about their middle name? I can’t even remember the last time I said mine. I think you can use whatever you want. Also agreeing that Harvey isn’t weird at all.

    Post # 16
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @ExcitedScaredBee:  I have a weird middle name, and it is after a dead relative. That does not make it any less weird or make me any happier about having it be part of my name. I don’t use it legally and it isn’t on any of my ID. Please don’t do that to your child. It’s the rest of his/her life and they shouldn’t suffer to pay a tribute.

    Having said that, I don’t think Harvey is a weird name. It makes me think of a puppy or the restaurant chain though.

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