(Closed) POLL: Kid's name/nickname and how it's written for yearbooks etc.

posted 4 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: how would your write his name
    Full Legal Name: Sebastian Alfred Smith : (19 votes)
    26 %
    S. Alfred Smith : (21 votes)
    28 %
    S. Alfred "Alfie" Smith : (6 votes)
    8 %
    Alfie Smith : (20 votes)
    27 %
    Alfred "Alfie" Smith : (5 votes)
    7 %
    Other, please explain : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 2
    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Southern Plantation House

    My dad is the same way, down to his dad having the same name and going by the first name. In your example, my dad is Alfie Smith informally (sports awards, in his business, local recognitions, etc.), but full legal name formally (yearbooks, any legal document, etc.). This doesn’t bother him at all & everyone knows who he is. After all, “Sebastian Alfred Smith” is technically his name!

    Post # 3
    47188 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    MizCalliope:  My legal name is (1) (2) (last name).

    I have always been known as (2) (last name).

    I would choose Alfred Smith for pictures and name tags. Nicknames are just that- for the use of close freinds and family.

    Post # 4
    6883 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    MizCalliope:  I agree with the PP about legal name for yearbooks, and any legal documents.  My son has a longer name but we call him the shorter version of it.  For school purposes for documentation/pictures it will be his legal longer name. 

    Post # 5
    3223 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    MizCalliope:  I have a couple Firstname Middlename Lastname kids in my class who go by Middlename Lastname because of shared names with their father or whatever reason. All of their name tags, cubbies, journals, etc. say Middlename Lastname. Class signs that are posted say Middlename Lastname – if a child tells me that’s what he/she prefers, I will absolutely respect that. I would also put Middlename Lastname in the yearbook. I might do what PP suggested and do Alfred Smith instead of Alfie for the yearbook because it’s a bit more formal. I wouldn’t do Sebastian Smith because everyone knows him as Alfie and when they look back later in life they’ll know him as Alfred/Alfie…not Sebastian! 

    Post # 6
    2680 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

    I say either his full legal name (I mean, that’s technically his name afterall) or just Alfie Smith (which I assume he is primarily known as).


    Post # 7
    1444 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    What does your son think?

    I voted other: Sebastian “Alfie” Smith.

    Post # 8
    7643 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    This is kindergarten! Definitely Alfie Smith or maybe Alfred “Alfie” Smith.

    My uncle goes by his middle name and nearly everything and everyone uses Alfred Smith, even school and university photos. 

    Post # 10
    7643 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    MizCalliope:  Again, because it’s kindergarten, I don’t think it matters a great deal. But I think that’s a case for “Alfred Smith”.

    Thinking back, I think that’s what happened in most my, and my children’s, school photos.

    Post # 11
    4509 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I had a friend who went by his middle name, and in our yearbooks, it was always “first initial, middle name, last name.” I think you can leave out the nickname part. Alot of us go by nicknames, but don’t use them in yearbooks and such.

    Post # 12
    309 posts
    Helper bee

    What is on his school records? Is that legal name? One of my kids only goes by his middle name and initially when I registered him this year they told me they were going to put him as his legal name in the school system. However, there is a spot for ‘nickname’ so I put his middle name there as that is what he goes by. When they put him the system they put him in as Last, Middle only so his school ID and everything (report cards) shows up as that.  This may be an issue later on for college as it does not match his ID or passport.

    Post # 13
    1461 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I would agree with the Sebastian “Alfie” Smith, but really I would just put his first and last name–no need for a middle name.  I had a kid growing up who went by Buzzy (his last name shortened).  I didn’t know his real name until the year book.  It was just his first and last name, no nickname included at all.  Everyone will know his nick name its not like it needs to be in the year book.

    Post # 14
    2013 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    MizCalliope:  My name was the same way, until I legally switched my first and middle names a few months ago (was tired of explaining where my nickname came from and the confusion it caused). As a kid, I would have preferred the name I was known by to be published. Or, like PP suggested, first initial, middle name, last name (S. Alfred Smith). Would have saved me a lot of hassle.

    Post # 15
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    For year books – his full legal name.  For name tags, what he’d like to be called.  

    I HATED my first name when I was a kid, and when I switched from primary to secondary school my parents offered to fill out the new school forms as J. Eliza LastName so I could start going by my middle name instead which I greatly appreciated. Ultimately I decided not to, since it would be weird/awkward to explain to all my friends that I was changing my name. 

    As a adult I LOVE my name and even get a little irked when people shorten it after I’ve introduced myself with the full thing.  I think I would be bummed if all of my records didn’t have my name on them as I go by now.  

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