(Closed) Should we give our baby-to-be a middle name? POLL

posted 3 years ago in Names
  • poll: Should we give our kid a middle name?
    No, follow your gut and skip it. First and last name are all someone needs. : (67 votes)
    32 %
    Yes, you have to have a middle name!! : (135 votes)
    64 %
    Other, please explain : (9 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 31
    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    “Fox” in French is renard, which I think would make a somewhat decent middle name.  In Spanish it’s zorro which would be maybe a little out there but again not horribe.  And in German it’s fuchs so please definitely don’t do that, nothing is better than fuchs.  In Japanese it’s Kitsune which I think sounds cool, the internet wasn’t clear on what the Chinese word for fox is so I don’t know.  The Swedish word is räv, I think that’d be kind of interesting, and there are obviously tons more.  What nationality are you guys?  Maybe you could find a fox you identify with 😉

    Post # 32
    119 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2017 - Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

    I loved my middle name as a kid, it was kind of a hidden secret and it’s something that feels really special to you. Still love my middle name but I remember the kids without one would be questioned as to why they didn’t have a middle name. 

    And how else are you going to discipline your child without the three-name call so they know they’re really in trouble? 😉 

    But if you guys can’t decide on anything, no harm! I doubt it’ll affect them much. 

    Post # 34
    5954 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    ktsteimel :  I grew up without a middle name, I just had an initial. And it may sound silly, but I can’t tell you how many times I felt out of place without a whole name like aaaaaaall my friends had. Even as an adult, when you had to give your middle name to certain places, they were like, that’s it?? Then I felt like I had to explain because eeeeeveryone has a middle name. So when I got married I gave myself the family middle name. I was so happy! But no, it doesn’t really come up now that I’m older. Haha! I say, give the kid a middle name!

    Post # 35
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I don’t have a middle name and I’m a totally fine well adjusted adult who is not scarred from it lol. I actually think it makes me more special bc everyone is always so interested when they ask my middle name and I tell them I don’t have one. My sister and mom also don’t have middle names. It’s not a big deal or something we think about ever. My husband has a middle name but  is necessary bc he was named after his dad and also has a common name. I say don’t bother! 

    Post # 36
    161 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I don’t have a middle name (my dad has three names – first and two middle – that are all quite long and he hated it growing up) as my first name is pretty long on its own. my sister does have a middle name, though. 

    it has never bothered me. I love my first name and it goes well with my surname, if anything it makes filling out forms easier because it’s one less section I have to worry about! go with your gut. not having a middle name is fine and won’t scar your kid for life. 

    Post # 37
    1284 posts
    Bumble bee

    My late husband had two initials instead of a middle name and while it sounded/looked cool, he said it was a huge hassle whenever he was doing official paperwork…..he always had to offer additional explanations as to why he only had initials instead of a real middle name, and several times had to produce his birth certificate to prove it (even though they would never have required proof if he had normal name. 

    My new husband has two middle names (one of which is his mom’s maiden name).  And he also finds that annoying, since most forms want a single middle initial, not two.  

    So seems like one middle name is the easiest!

    Post # 38
    1246 posts
    Bumble bee

    I am one who thinks a person should have a middle name for distinction, but if the name is already unique then a middle name is not necessary.

    Post # 39
    2134 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I like the thought of having a middle name. Gives an extra boost when you yell at them 😂

    My husband has an employee who has no middle name and it’s very odd- the poor guy has to explain why he doesn’t have one plus filling out paperwork makes it weird. 

    Post # 40
    1480 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    planningandprepping :  We gave our daughter two middle names, and now I don’t know what to put on paperwork. Whoops!

    Post # 41
    425 posts
    Helper bee

    ktsteimel :  I don’t have a middle name, and I’m perfectly fine without one. I don’t feel like I need a middle name, and I didn’t feel left out because I don’t have a middle name. As a kid, not having a middle name seemed to make me more interesting to other kids. In fact, I know a number of other people who don’t have middle names and don’t feel like they need them.

    I have also never had to explain why I don’t have a middle name, and I have moved across the US several times. It has not been a problem or a hassle.

    If you don’t feel like you want to give your child a middle name, then don’t. You should do what feels right for you.

    futuremrsm3 :  Filling out your middle name on any form I have ever come across has been optional, even if it doesn’t explicitly say optional. I have never had anyone ask me to fill out my middle name or question why I don’t have one. So, if anything, it’s faster to fill forms out because you skip putting in a few extra letters. 😉

    btob17 :  It is absolutely ridiculous and culturally insensitive to imply that someone who has a middle name “sounds more professional” because of it.

    Post # 42
    1587 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I am of the thinking that it helps differentiate and also would think he’d feel left out with siblings who have middle names. It also strikes me as “trying very intentionally to be different than his first wife.” BUT I’d go without one at all sooner than go with “Fox.” It feels like it’s trying so sooooo hard.

    Post # 43
    799 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I voted for other, because I don’t think you have to give your kids a middle name but I think middle names are cute and unqie to each child. While I don’t like my middle name so much Giovanna I love the crazy story behind it and I love knowing my parent put extra thought into my name. 

    Post # 44
    79 posts
    Worker bee

    Whatever you name the kid, don’t name him/her Fox. It’s cute when you think of foxes, but as a grown up it just sounds like someone who wants people to think that they are “foxy”. (Or their parents wanted people to think… eee, creepyyy!)


    I agree with people on the “not just a initial” point, they are going to hate constantly explaining that “F” doesn’t stand for anything, it is just a F, and you know kids and their “whyyy?????”, it will not be fun for a kid, and not for a grownp either. It will probably just feel silly explaining that it is just a pointless F.



    I myself love my middle names. My first name in nothing special, really boring actually, not very common, but not uncommon, I just don’t think it’s that pretty so people havn’t named their kids my name.. lol. At least my two middle names makes it a bit more fun. I have my mothers nad grandmothers names, both really beautiful names, so I even use them as middle names on facebook, just because I love having them!



    Why don’t you give the baby your or your husbands name as a middle name? and possibly start a new tradition? I think that’s sweet. 


    Good luck whatever you choose to do! And congraulations for expecting! 🙂

    Post # 45
    7903 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I didn’t have a middle name when I was born. It made me different from the rest of my peers, but it wasn’t a huge deal. Now my maiden name is my middle name. I don’t think you should feel obligated to give a middle name, but a middle name doesn’t have to have a ton of significance. It can just be a name that you like. 

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