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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2014

    Naming etiquette?

    I've been curious as to what everyone's opinion on family name etiquette is...
    I know how much uproar it can cause if someone steals a baby name, but what about family names? My cousin recently used our grandmother's middle name for her daughter's middle name. I would like to use it for a middle, as well.
    So what do you all think? Is it okay for us to use the same name since it was our grandmother's name? Or does she get dibs on it since she had her child first?

  2. #3
    I don't think middle names have the same expectations of uniqueness as first names. But it probably varies from family to family...?

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    My brother and our cousin have the same middle name and they were born 3 months apart, i don't think it matters too much.
    Blythe, Cassidy, Dahlia, Faye, Felicity, Ophelia...
    Clark, Elliot, Ezra, Graham, Holden, James...

  4. #7
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Melbourne, Australia
    As middle names aren't used very often, I think it's fine.
    Ebony // 19 // Australia // Forensic Science student

    Antigone, Beatrice, Cordelia, Drusilla, Guinevere, Harriet, Isolde, Orla, Persephone & Sibyl.
    Atticus, Benedict, Casimir, Edmund, Felix, Henry, Herbert, Killian, Rudyard & Theon.

    Not expecting, just collecting.

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    In my opinion, middle names are fair game. Nobody gets to "call" a name in any situation -- what is this, middle school? -- but that goes double, triple, quadruple for middle names, especially since that spot is typically reserved for either a family name (to which EVERYONE in the family has a right, regardless of who "gets there first") or a filler name (your little [firstname] Rose or [firstname] Marie or [firstname] Grace will be one of twelve in her class anyway).
    Simon, Eloise/Louise/Louisa, Faye, Judah, Thea, Felix, Iris, Cordelia, Roscoe, Lydia, Jasper, Phaedra, Adrian, Lucinda, Jane, Wallace, Finnegan, Sylvie, Charlie, Dashiell, Juniper, Atlas, Matilda, Julian, Alice, Marlowe, Octavia, Jack, Marigold, Archer, Gabriel, Persephone, Raphael, Dov

    Just a grad student, dreaming ahead...

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