(Closed) Baby names-How do you feel about last name as first/middle name?

posted 6 years ago in Names
  • poll: What do you think?
    I like it : (23 votes)
    36 %
    Only if it's personally significant : (33 votes)
    52 %
    Never : (8 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I don’t mind it. A couple of the examples you gave didn’t even jump out as “last names” to me, if that helps at all. 🙂

    Post # 4
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    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m not fond of it, but I think it can work depending on the kid and the parents.

    I know a little girl named Whitman, lol, boys named Judson, Lawson, and a ton of Parker’s. There are definitely some that are more popular, and thus more normal sounding.

    I think as a middle name it’s better, since it’s already a tradition to use a mother’s maiden name, and if it has significance to you, even better.

    Post # 5
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    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I don’t mind it, depending on the name.  Like the PP said, I barely even recognize the names you mention above as “Last” names at this point.  Darling Husband has his mom’s maiden name, “Martin” as his middle name, and I always thought it was kind of cool. 

    Post # 6
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    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    That’s a huge tradition in alot of families.  In our family the mother’s maiden name is used for at least one child’s middle name or even a first name.  I don’t really like it if there’s no meaning behind it, but that’s just me.

    Post # 7
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    148 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It depends on the name…my current last name would NOT make a good first or name. And I don’t know how trendy it is to do that, but some names are really cute as first or middle names and can give you something different without being too out-of-the-box. I’ve known a Kerrigan, Chesney, and one girl’s middle name was Dove. It could work depending on the name.

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    @SapphireSun:  My husband also has his mom’s maiden name as his middle name! I think it’s a really sweet practice, and it’s a great middle name for him. We’ve talked about using my maiden name as a middle name if we ever have a daughter.

    Post # 10
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    2273 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I want to use my maiden surname as a middle name if we have a boy… My surname is occasionally used as a name it just isn’t huge in Australia, this way I am honouring my dad too by using his surname 🙂 

    The fact that x is significant to you is a nice idea 🙂

    Just on random names thou I once taught a Berlina because she was conceived in the back of one… Yes the mum told me this YAY hahaha THAT was a strange use of a “significant” place for a name hehehe

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @redheadem:  or “sleep master” after the mattress… People can be weird hehe

    Post # 13
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    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Gemstone:  Yeah, I like it in that instance.  Unfortunately my maiden name is a little too “out of the box” to even consider.

    I do have a cousin named Bailey, and Riley is one of the higher contenders for if we ever have a boy though, and it never occurred to me that they had last names as first names.

    Thinking of our campus buildings named after people though, I don’t think I’d want to name my kid Diamond, Shrum, Benston or Halpern, regardless of whether it’s significant.

    Post # 15
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    813 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Hoping to name one of my kids with my maiden name! 

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I think it could be cute, and it once actually crossed my mind to do the same thing, but it is pretty trendy to name a child a surname or something that sounds like a surname (but that only matters if popular baby-naming trends really bother you).  I would agree that it’s sort of redeemed in this situation by the fact that it’s significant to you, as well as making it the middle name instead of first name.

    Fiance and I met in a campus building called Wheeler.  Potentially doable name for a boy, but I decided I probably wouldn’t ever actually use it as a name because it really does seem so weird and trendy at the same time.  Who knows, though.  My sister called me one night after having an epiphany and decided that I should name my future daughter Berkeley (FI and my alma mater).  For one second I was tempted, until I decided it was way pretentious and would make the kid sound like a cartoon character because FI’s last name starts with a B and ends with a y, so it would be a slant rhyme.  Poor child would probably get her ass kicked at school every day.

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