Cool Middle Names: Find one for Facebook

More people are coming to nameberry these days in search of cool middle names to use on Facebook. The whole give-yourself-a-new-middle-name thing started on Facebook way back in 2008, when supporters of Barack Obama took his middle name Hussein.

Next up: Facebookers began adopting the middle name Equality, to show their support for marriage equality.

Of course, adopting new cool middle names on Facebook is not all altruism.  On a more self-serving level, they can keep snoopy relatives, school administrators, and would-be employers from finding you and your potentially-embarrassing party pictures.

Self-namers in search of a cool cover can check out nameberry’s list of Cool Middle Names. Short and spunky, these names work best for girls. Among the best choices:

Speaking of Poe, the name of a favorite writer, artist, or musician can make a cool middle name for Facebook. Some ideas:

Another direction is to use a name that starts with or contains a cool letter, like X, Q, or Z. Some examples:

Or you might go with a middle name with a cool meaning. Animals are one good possibility, and the coolest animals are the fierce, independent ones: the lion, the wolf, the eagle. Some names that relate to those animals (and, in a few cases, also contain cool letters):

Of course, nameberry offers literally thousands more choices. What are your ideas?

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23 Responses to “Cool Middle Names: Find one for Facebook”

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Kayt Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 12:35 am

I have a friend who has his listed as Pterodactyl. I think it’s fun, but I leave mine as is. Most people can’t spell my first name anyways.

Cassie Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 1:06 am

I actually had no idea about the whole changing your middle name on facebook thing. Thank you for the informative blog!!! Maybe I should have someone else name me!

Alix Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 6:54 am

The people on my friends (or friends of friends) list don’t have cool middle names. They’re typically not names at all. Just sentences with no spacing. James Issuperawesomcool Smith, Theresa Godismighty Jones, etc. I didn’t have a middle name on mine until I had a brief conversation with my friend Hung. It consisted of ‘Hung!’ — ‘Alix! Doesn’t give off the same vibe.’ — ‘What name would?’ And thus, the name Holga was added to my middle name slot. I like the idea of employers not being able to find you. My boss has multiple emails and I did block her entire page and the only email I know but I’m very paranoid.

Caitalinna Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 6:56 am

I’m glad Doutzen finally got mentioned on the Namberry blog! Its one of my top 5 names! Although I hope it stays under the radar! Somehow I have a feeling it will 🙂

Janine Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 9:21 am

This has to be the lamest thing I’ve ever heard. Most of my friends use their actual middle names to avoid employee searches, or they take the first initial of their last name and stretch it out, ex. B becomes Bee, L becomes Elle. However, searching for a fake middle name baffles me. Making suggestions to encourage this sort of thing has to be one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen on Nameberry.

Stella Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 9:31 am

I agree with Janine… I don’t really see avoiding coming up in a facebook search really a topic for nameberry. Pseudonyms in general though… that would be more interesting to hear from the community on that. I don’t ever mention my pseudonym on the same sites where I also have a real identity. Stella is my pseudonym by the way.

JLyn Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 11:10 am

I agree with the others that the whole middle name on facebook thing is kind of bizarre. Just block searching if you don’t want everyone to see your profile! I do like the idea of a blog about pseudonyms on the internet in general. Mine, JLyn, is a combination of my first initial and and the first part of my MN. Unfortunately, though, it is often already taken.

Taffy Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

You obviously have a clever way of filtering these searches from the ones for baby names when you produce your “top elite baby names so far” lists to be promoted far and wide.

pam Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Wow, I’m detecting a little hostility here and I can’t really understand what’s going on. Like most website owners, we look at Google Analytics, which tells us which search terms people use to end up at nameberry. We’ve noticed more and more people searching for the facebook middle name thing — commenting on that phenomenon is far from the same thing as encouraging it. And I can’t see where web pseudonyms are really all that different from weird facebook middle names. In fact, I think they’re both very appropriate topics for nameberry.

charlotte Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I commented on the Facebook post too, but just to clarify — adding a different middle name to your Facebook name won’t hide you in any searches. For example, if your “employee name” is Jane Smith and your Facebook name is Jane Hoozydoozit Smith, results for “Jane Smith” will include Jane Hoozydoozit Smith. I agree with Jlyn on this one — if anybody’s worried about searches, they should probably just use their search privacy settings.

Leila Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I’m with you, Pam! What’s up with the negativity? If you don’t like the middle name thing on Facebook, don’t do it. But how one could fail to see the relevance of nameberry, a site about NAMES, doing a posting on people looking up middle NAMES for FB, well, gee, I’m kind of stumped at where the leap is. The post doesn’t condone or recommend using a middle name on FB – it just notes that it is being DONE (for a variety of reasons, not only hiding) and says that people are already visiting nameberry for new ideas. Which is probably HOW the post idea came about. Which…makes it relevant to SOME people, clearly. It’s Thursday, folks – breathe and have a glass of wine.

punkprincessphd Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I agree with Pam that this represents a valid trend in the naming world – if people can post on NB seeking pseudonyms and character names (or the wonderfully imaginative one about carousel horses), then why should this type of self-naming be ruled illegitimate?

Yes, the factors considered in self-naming (or re-naming) are often completely different to those used in naming a child, but they are, ultimately, two aspects of the same process, and often reflect many of the same cultural phenomena.

So…maybe a little less sniping.

pam Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Thanks, punkprincessphd

L. Says:

August 19th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

A lot of people I know just put their maiden name as their middle name on Facebook so that they can be more easily found after getting married. Adding a middle name of any type won’t disguise the profile if the first and last name are still a match.

Cassie Says:

August 20th, 2010 at 1:31 am

Like I said before, I think this blog was informative and I love that, I always love to learn things. So, thank you for the blog!! If my last name wasn’t so “uncommon” I might think of giving myself a new middle name to through people (I didn’t want to find me) off.
Maybe I should go by a pseudo-name on other websites though.

Janine Says:

August 20th, 2010 at 7:53 am

I understand that as a naming site, exploring a name trend is a valid reason to write a blog. However, a blog stops being a commentary when you start making suggestions such as animal names that represent a quality that someone would like to convey via Facebook. As for the so called negativity, I prefer to see my criticism as constructive. I’m often impressed by the blog topics, and obviously I love the sit enough to comment. I saw this blog as subpar.

Macy Says:

August 20th, 2010 at 10:36 am

I think the short ones work best for boys actually.

Sa Says:

December 20th, 2010 at 7:21 am

Hi everyone!
My name is very different and unique. My parents spelt it differently too so I am the only one with that name on fb. I hate that because I cannot tell ppl my real name online & people can find me from my user (my name). I don’t want to use a fake name what should I do?

chakrateeze Says:

May 8th, 2011 at 3:10 am

Why isn’t Tenzin, the Dalai Lama’s name in with the other q, r, and x names? It’s a cool name!

Well, I don’t know about the list above, but anything be better than “Denise!” Ugh! I hate my middle name! Not that I tell my mom that, ’cause her mn’s Denise too.

Chloe Victoria Byrne Says:

August 3rd, 2011 at 3:27 pm

One word for @Janine , -exactly !

Brighton *Bree* Says:

August 5th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

@Janine Its actually quite common in teens. For example,

Brianna Bear Olsen
Ryan Death Skull Picasso Johnston
David Kingofdaworld Elliot
Cynthia Bunny Gleason
Amanda Sweetheart James
Fischer Blu Hart

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