Thoughts on having two middle names

posted 2 years ago in Names
  • poll: Having two middle names

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    It's fine

  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

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    jessiebear85 :  I don’t think it really matters since I rarely use my middle name anyway, but I would personally only go for one for simplicity.  Could you use either for a first name? Or are you planning to have more than one child? Or you Could hyphenated them if they are short simple names (eg. Annie-may) or combine the two names somehow?

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee

    My daughter has two middle names. It’s not something I ever thought I’d do but it just worked out that way (names from two different cultures). Both her middle names only have 4 letters and so does her last name so it’s not too much of a mouthful. But you really don’t say your full name out loud too often. I think it’s lovely if you want to honor both grandmas 😊

    Post # 4
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    Newbee

    Honestly, I don’t see the point of a middle name to begin with. You basically never refer to your child by his/her middle name.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

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    jessiebear85 :  i have two middle names. I’ve always loved it. Only rarely is it bothersome (it annoys me when people use only one of my middle initials). But it’s  not a PITA like having two last names. 

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

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    jessiebear85 :  I have two middle names, and it never bothered me.

    We also plan on naming our little one with two middle names to honor family. I think it’s a wonderful.

    Post # 7
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2016

    We have our son 2 middle names. I don’t care if people think it’s silly or a bit much. Not like people go through life telling everyone their full name all the time anyway. 

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I think it would be nice to honor family that way, but not sure I would like it if they were especially long names…It might be a little too much to end up with a 30 letter name!

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    You should name your child however you feel best honors your family, past and present. I have a long and difficult to spell name and it has only ever been an advantage in my personal and professional life. It’s always so eyeroll-worthy to read on the WB that a name should be avoided because it will be difficult to pronounce or spell out 😱😱😱😱 who cares. 

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    We’re doing it. Also I see it a lot with my clients so it doesn’t seem like something completely out there. I use my middle name a lot. 

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper

    This could be very useful for future parenting issues: 

    Mom:  Hey, Liz, come here a minute translation: Mom wants to show me/ ask me something

    Mom: Elizabeth, come in here please translation: Mom wants to question me about something

    Mom: Elizabeth Marie, come here please translation: Mom’s upset about something

    Mom: Elizabeth Marie Jane!  translation: Mom’s super pissed! 

    laughing

    My kids have 2 middle names, it’s fine because most people go by 1 name only, whether they have 1 or 2 or no middle name. The only advice I would give you is not to vary it on their ID- if you have 2 middle names on their birth certificate, do the same for health cards, passports etc 

    Post # 12
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    If you’re in the US, you may want to consider how many US-based government and business computer systems are not set up for two middle names. Some will smush the two names together, some will merge the second into the last name, some will just put initials. Etc. Then as adults your kids will have a mess of driver’s licenses, passports, credit cards, bank accounts and other stuff that all has different naming conventions. It’s not much more than an annoyance, but it’s an everyday annoyance. The biggest impact will be on their credit reports, which might take constant grooming/monitoring. 

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2007

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    jessiebear85 :  My oldest has 2 middle names and I don’t regret it. The 2 names are for my mom and mother in law.  

    I often call her by her 1st middle name, and my mom likes to use her second one, my daughter is 9 and isn’t annoyed/confused by all of the names. 

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee

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    jessiebear85 :  Everyone (men and women) in my family have two middle names. We are Canadian Irish Catholics. It’s very common where I grew up.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I think it’s totally fine. Middle names are rarely even used in daily life so who cares?

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