Post # 1
What are your thoughts when you hear a weird/awkward middle name, but then it’s followed by “he’s named after my grandfather who passed away last year” or “it was my mother’s maiden name.” Does it make it more palatable if the name has meaning, or is the parent signing the kid up for a lifetime of explanation and teasing? Or both?
Example: DH’s late grandfather’s name is Harvey, and it’s on our short list for middle names.
Post # 3
@ExcitedScaredBee: Harvey’s not a weird name at all, but I don’t think middle names matter to anyone except the people who have them.
Post # 4
Usually you don’t even know someone’s middle name, so you can go crazy! haha jk
Honestly though, if I hear an “unusual” middle name, I assume it’s somehow a family name.
But…I really don’t consider Harvey a “weird/awkward” middle name. It’s not the most common name ever, but I wouldn’t consider it particularly unusual. When you said weird…I was picturing something totally out of the box…like Chapstick or something lol
Post # 5
You don’t have any options on your poll for “Unusual middle names are awesome and cool!”, which is what I would vote.
In my family, almost all of us have a pretty ordinary first name, but a more distinctive middle name, and we are planning to do that with our kids as well. (And my brother’s middle name is “Harley,” which was my grandpa’s name!) I really like that particular way of infusing uniqueness into a name without being exaggerated about it: the kid gets the best of both worlds, a first name that makes it easier to navigate through life and a middle name that is more distinctive.
Post # 6
I voted “doesn’t bother me even if I don’t know the background” but I actually quite like middle names that don’t seem to fit/are unusual. Because it doesn’t matter, so go for it! (Though having said that, I have a super long name, and forms get annoying…)
Post # 7
My username is my middle name if that tells you anything, haha. I hated it as a kid but don’t mind it now.
Post # 8
@pineapplez17: great, you just gave away my #1 baby name, Chapstick! haha.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
Unusual middle names don’t bother me at all. I think its a way for parents to give their kids names some character without going giving their kids a really out there first name. I prefer middle names to have meaning though. My twins have middle names that are family names. I suppose my daughters middle name is probably the most unusual out of them but there are at least 6 other people in my family with the same middle name so its not that out there. In fact I wish my middle name was more unusual. Its Re’nee and my parents just liked it….blah lol.
Post # 10
@mu_t: whoops! hopefully no one will steal it!!
Post # 11
I don’t think Harvey is even an unusual middle name!
But I don’t mind “out there” middle names like I mind “out there” first names. Most people don’t even know others’ middle names and they don’t become a part of your professional persona. If I hear an odd middle name, I tend to assume it has some kind of family significance.
Post # 12
My middle name is spelled a bit oddly, so I always have to spell it out for people. I’m glad it’s not my first name because that would get annoying. I don’t think having an unusual middle name is a bad thing though, it probably prevents mix ups if someone else has a similar name to your child’s.
Post # 13
I think Harvey is a normal name… I was expecting some crazy, “celebrity-esque” name. Most people don’t even know my middle name and I certainly don’t know a lot of other people’s. I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 14
I never give a second thought to middle names, and I actually think if you’re drawn to an odd name it’s a totally appropriate place to use it if you prefer not to have it as a first name haha.
That being said, Harvey isn’t unusual!
Post # 15
Who ever talks about their middle name? I can’t even remember the last time I said mine. I think you can use whatever you want. Also agreeing that Harvey isn’t weird at all.
Post # 16
@ExcitedScaredBee: I have a weird middle name, and it is after a dead relative. That does not make it any less weird or make me any happier about having it be part of my name. I don’t use it legally and it isn’t on any of my ID. Please don’t do that to your child. It’s the rest of his/her life and they shouldn’t suffer to pay a tribute.
Having said that, I don’t think Harvey is a weird name. It makes me think of a puppy or the restaurant chain though.