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  1. #1
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    Multiple Middle Name Rules

    So, I keep getting very negative reactions when I propose 2 middle names for my children to my friends.

    What do you all think about this? Are 2 middle names okay? Maybe only if they are both short? Or maybe if your last name is really short? What rules do you personally use regarding this subject?

    (and if you're curious, I keep going back and forth between Cytheria Dwyn and Cytheria Violet - so why not Cytheria Dwyn Violet?)
    Baby boy due October 2014! Current tentative name:

    Sequoia Orion

  2. #3
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    I think two middle names is okay, but a lot of people think it's pretentious, especially if they're from a family tradition of using only one middle name. I don't think there re any hard and fast rules regarding name length. If the names all sound good together, that's fine by me!
    Alice - Beatrix - Clara - Daphne - Flora - Harriet - Mabel - Susannah

    Arthur - Barnaby - Edward - Frederick - Henry - Rupert - Theodore - Walter

  3. #5
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    I used two, BUT the boys' second middle is my surname (my husband and I have different surnames). So it's: FIRST -- MIDDLE -- MY SURNAME AS SECOND MIDDLE -- HUSBAND'S SURNAME

    This seemed like a better option than hyphenating to me. I wouldn't have done two middles otherwise, as it's a bit much in my opinion.
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    *Mother to twins Charles and Samuel*

  4. #7
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    I love two middle names and I don't consider there to be any rules regarding name length or anything - as long as you love the name and it sounds good to you.
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    [COLOR="#66cc33"]Ignatius - Jasper - Hugo - Edmund - Henry - Oliver - Rupert - Felix - Percy - August - Atticus - Amias - Otto - Barnaby - Arthur - Ezra - Hector - Charles[/COLOR]
    [COLOR="#cc99cc"]Antigone - Hermione - Harriet - Cordelia - Violet - Persephone - Beatrice/Beatrix - Clementine - Ottilie - Florence - Octavia - Drusilla - Agnes - Ida - Matilda - Xanthe[/COLOR]

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  5. #9
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    Well, we're doing two middles because it's tradition in my fiance's family. Honestly, I think it's a little tacky if you use two middle names when it's not normal in your family, but we've got a lot of these unwritten rules in England. Two middles have usually been in use in upper class families, and you're not really supposed to try to sound better than you are. I don't care about the flow that much (I'm weird, I know), I find the complete randomness of syllables charming.

    I do really think Cytheria Dwyn Violet is very pretty (I always preferred the spelling Cytherea though).
    [FONT=Palatino Linotype][CENTER]My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014[/CENTER][/FONT]

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