(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 # 16
    11519 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    MizCalliope:  as someone who goes by her middle name i can tell you it’s a complete and total pain in the ass.  I actually go by my second middle name and my parents have always called me that – it wasn’t an issue until post 9/11 and now it can make my life incredibly difficult.

    I would personally use the full version of the name he goes by.  Forget about the first name or use just the initial in the yearbook.

    Post # 17
    5878 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    MizCalliope: I’d go with Alfred Smith.  I don’t think putting the nickname version makes sense since it’s not actually his name.

    Another option: my dad has the same situation where he goes by a nick name version of his middle name.  Most people do not know his first name.  For something like sort of “professional” like this, he uses S. Alfred Smith.  

    You could try that?  Seems pretty formal for a little guy though!

    Post # 18
    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Agreed with Alfred Smith. You said he never gets called “Sebastian”. None of the things you mentioned are legal documents that are going to cause him hassle. Legal documents you will probably want to always go Sebastian Alfred Smith to include both names and avoid any confusion.

    Post # 19
    1569 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    MizCalliope:  I would go with whatever his friends call him. If in 10 years someone is looking through an old yearbook, will they adk “Who is Sebastien Smith??” or will it be “awwww, I remember ol’ Alfie!”

    Post # 20
    766 posts
    Busy bee

    steen425:  This, exactly.  I think you can go with either Alfred or Alfie – people would remember either way.  But no one will know who Sebastian Smith was!  Also, it’s really not a big deal.  You can handle it one way this year, another way the next year.  I think social media has really changed this kind of thing; people are much more likely to track him down on facebook (or whatever the equivalent is in 15 years) than look him up in old yearbooks.

    Post # 21
    14492 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    This isn’t going to be a big issue in grade school, but as you get close to the paperwork meaning something, you’ll want to use full legal name (for paperwork at least). I thought all schools used full legal name anyway with nicknames in quotes after the names but maybe that’s a local custom. You just don’t want to make it complicated for the records to match up to the student. 

    Post # 22
    82 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I would do either S. Alfred Smith or Alfred Smith (unless it is common at your child’s school to do nicknames for yearbooks for the yearbook). I would guess that most teachers will label classroom things with Alfie.

    Make sure the official school records are his full name.  I had a friend in highschool who had very serious issues with getting into college because his transcripts didn’t match his drivers liscense.

    Post # 23
    2655 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    If his name was Sebastian Alfred Smith but he goes by Alfie, I would use his full name for any legal documents but Alfred Smith for everything else. This way, if he outgrows his nickname or starts to go by another one it won’t be as big a deal.

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