Category: unusual middle names
The British pop starlet turned television presenter made waves with her first daughterâ€™s name, Ethel Mary, and Iâ€™ve followed her ever since.Â She didnâ€™t disappoint with her second daughterâ€™s name, Marnie Rose.
What would you call Allenâ€™s style?
Iâ€™m thinking â€śSo Retro it Hurts.â€ťÂ She chooses great names that few of us have the guts to use â€“ yet.
We classify names as traditional or modern, classic or trendy.Â But the truth is that everything goes when it comes names, and there are all sorts of styles and strategies to describe our approaches to naming children.
And hey, come on over and join the conversation on Facebook about YOUR middle name, proud or not.
In the past few months weâ€™ve seen some pretty eye-popping and conversation-stopping celebrity middle name choices–Saint, Seven, Bunny, Bear, for startersâ€”which leads us to the Question of the Week:
Would you pick a middle name thatâ€™s far more extreme than one youâ€™d use as a first?
Have you noticed this phenomenonÂ happening more in the real world as well as in the celebrisphere?Â Any examples you’d care to share?
No sooner had we declared the death of such old-style middle names as Ann, John, and Marie â€“ mere connective tissue between the first name and the last â€“ than we started seeing the rise of a whole new generation of undistinguished middle names.
Granted, middle names are not as important as first names and may be rarely used after the birth announcements are printed.Â But thatâ€™s no reason to default to whateverâ€™s easiest.Â In fact, the middle can be the perfect place to use a name thatâ€™s more meaningful and distinctive than one you dare put in first place.
Here, some places to find distinctive middle names:
– HONOR THY MOTHER, THY FATHER, AND THY GREAT-UNCLE â€“ If your family is barging into the baby-naming act, make peace by using a family name in the middle.Â My husband and I used both grandmothersâ€™ names as middle names for our daughter, for instance, and revived a great-great-grandpaâ€™s distinguished but eccentric name as our older sonâ€™s middle name.