(Closed) Middle names?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Middle names?
    Family name : (17 votes)
    44 %
    One that sounds good with the first name : (22 votes)
    56 %
  • Post # 3
    2379 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Both if ya lucky!! Otherwise I prefer a name that sounds good with the first. U can start your own family name 🙂

    Post # 4
    9648 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I think a family name that goes well with the first name, but overall a name that goes well with the first name. Fiance and I have a top top girl’s name picked out for when we have kids, but a family middle name doesn’t go well with it, so we would put a different middle name. If we had a second girl though we have a name in mind that the family name goes well with.

    Post # 5
    2952 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    I like the idea of using family names as middle names and I did this with my 2 boys however I wouldn’t  use a name I didn’t like. 

    Post # 6
    987 posts
    Busy bee

    We are using family names. My mum has passed down her middle name to me an I would like to do the same. My SO’s family also has traditions regarding boys middle names so that is what we will be doing.

    Post # 7
    987 posts
    Busy bee

    Edit: double post. 


    I do love traditions and family names but probably wouldn’t choose one I didn’t like. 


    Post # 8
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    We’re using a family name if it’s a boy, and if it’s a girl we’re using a unique name that we both love.


    If we have a boy, his name is DH’s first name, FIL’s first name, and my grandfather’s first name. I also wanted to keep the J initial (at least for middle name) because every man in my immediate family has a J name. My father, both grandfathers, Father-In-Law, Darling Husband…all J names. 🙂


    Post # 9
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Both if you can, but if I had to choose I’d go with what sounds good. I think the family name thing is overrated. I know a couple of people with family names and they HATE their name and wish their parents would have just picked something that sounded good instead of something so old fashioned (in their case). Your situation is a little different since its a middle name and not a first, but I’d still go with what sounds good.

    Post # 10
    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I used a family name for DS and plan on doing the same with this LO.  Luckily, they both sound good with the first names!  If they didn’t sound good together I don’t know if I would have still chosen them.

    Post # 11
    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We just picked a name that we liked. He cared more about her first name. I pretty much picked her middle name. I would’ve considered a family name just nothing really worked with her first name. 

    Post # 12
    1660 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    As PP’s have said, if you can make both happen then go that way… I love the idea of using family names, but a name does have to flow and sound good together.

    Post # 13
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would choose a name that sounds good, doesn’t form negative-connotation initials, that we both love, that has a meaningful meaning!

    But I have never had a family name I wanted to use, so I could see (if I did have one) that that might play into importance.  I chose a first name from my heritage and a middle name from my family’s heritage (and a place I used to live where some of my family still does).

    Post # 14
    1572 posts
    Bumble bee

    I agree with those that say both 😉 Something meaningful that also flows well is ideal. Any names you had in mind?

    The name we picked was something that just sounded good with the first name, but if we were having a boy, the middle name would be a family name. And I wouldn’t really be opposed to a family name for a girl either – could use Rose, Elisabeth, Ruth.. but none of those quite fit the style I was going for.


    Post # 15
    526 posts
    Busy bee

    family name, if it works

    Post # 16
    1572 posts
    Bumble bee

    Oh, another idea is a variant on a family name. For example, if you have Elizabeth as a family name, you could possibly use Beth, Eliza, etc if it sounds better with the first name.

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