(Closed) Would you give your child the same middle name as their cousin?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you give your child the same middle name as their cousin?
    Yes, it's a middle name, it's not like it's their first name. : (108 votes)
    89 %
    No, think of another name : (7 votes)
    6 %
    Maybe : (7 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I see no problem with it.  Actually, all the girl cousins on my dad’s side have the same middle name (my grandma had 5 boys, and they all wanted to honor her by giving their daughters her name ).

    Post # 17
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    479 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My younger cousin and I have the same middle name, but spelled differently.  We also have the same initials!  I honestly don’t even know if her parents realized it and my parents certainly didn’t care.  It’s really not a big deal at all!

    Post # 18
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    2066 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I don’t think this is an issue at all, OP and Ayla is lovely!

    Not to threadjack buuuut my bf is currently pg and we’re TTC… our #1 girl name is a family name in my best friend’s husband’s family. they will likely use it as a middle name. Would it be weird for me to eventually use it as a first name if my best friend uses it as a middle name?

    Post # 19
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    2757 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2007

    Yes, I would and I will if I ever have a son. My dad, my grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather have the same middle name, my sister just gave her son that same middle name, that will not stop me from using it for my own son if/when the time comes. 

    My mom, my sister and my daughter have the same middle name too. 

    Post # 20
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    80 posts
    Worker bee

    That doesn’t seem strange to me at all. As others have said, as long as there’s no confusion among the family, it’s fine. Two cousins in my fiance’s family have the same FIRST name and even that’s fine, because they go by different shortened versions of that name (like “Liz” and “Beth” both being short for Elizabeth).

    Post # 21
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    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My cousin and I have the same middle name, had the same last name, and our first names start with the same letter. It never seemed odd to me, I thought it was kind of fun. 

    Post # 22
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    2697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I think if it’s a middle and and it’s after someone in the family it is perfectly acceptable!

    Some people are weird about that though, maybe ask your SIL what she thinks.

    My girlfriend and her SIL were pregnant at the same time. My friend liked the name Elizabeth for a middle name. Her SIL was FURIOUS because they were considering that name as a first name so it was ‘her’ name, big drama. My friend knows that she’s having a girl… her SIL didn’t find out… which I thought was crazy to claim a name on a maybe… spolier alert… SIL had the baby… it’s a boy. LOL. But now there’s so much bad juju around Elizabeth they’re just picking a different name.

    Post # 23
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    1168 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    MRS-K:  I love the name Ayla!

    Post # 24
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    1141 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Every male in my FI’s family carries the same middle name.  Hm, his father, his uncles, his male cousins.  I think it’s a fabulous family tradition. 

    Post # 25
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    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I don’t see a problem either.  My cousin named her daughter after our grandmother and I always liked the name and have considered it as a middle name if we have a girl someday.

    Post # 26
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    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I have an older cousin who’s first name is my middle name. It’s not weird at all

    Post # 27
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    1796 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I don’t think it is weird at all. I have the same middle name as one of my sisters, and I didn’t even notice until I was older! I think if my cousin had the same middle name growing up I would probably think that it was cool, and that we could be in a little club of just people with that middle name LOL.

    Post # 28
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    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I see no issue! I actually have the same FIRST name as one of my first cousins. There’s no actual confusion though because she’s much younger than me, and goes by a nickname and I go by the full name.

    Post # 29
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    6524 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    MRS-K:  No! Use whatever name you like. There was a recent thread about someone’s SIL who told her not to use a name she liked as a first name which I thought was so ridiculous. So what if two cousins have the same name! 

    Post # 30
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    522 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I have the same middle name as my cousin (and as half the people our age, it seems, but I digress) and it was never weird. I even have two cousins with the same first name. If you like a name, use it. Having the same name as someone else in your family isn’t going to be too confusing for anyone.

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