Family Baby Name Traditions
Today’s Question of the Week was inspired by a comment on our Facebook page, noting that names that end with the letter A were a “family tradition” for that berry.
How interesting! While family name traditions are more conventionally thought of as calling all the oldest child Joseph or Elizabeth or giving children names that start with the same letter, there really is no strict definition to what might constitute a naming tradition.
So we put the question to you: What are the naming traditions in your own family?
Does everyone have mom’s maiden name in the middle? Maybe you all give each other unexpected nicknames?
Beyond your own family, what interesting family baby names traditions have you heard?
Or maybe there’s a naming tradition you’d like to start?
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on March 26th, 2013 at 11:40 pm
The only traditions I can think of are:
a. the middle name is used to honor someone of importance to the parents
b. The name Campbell is used for at least one child of every generation on my mother’s side – after the doctor that helped one of my ancestors give birth!
on March 26th, 2013 at 11:56 pm
* to clarify about Campbell – it is only used as a middle name.
As for me, I plan to give any future children I might have middle names that honor family I love very dearly.
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:14 am
My husband’s family is Italian and it’s their tradition to name the eldest grandson after the father’s father (paternal grandfather) and middle name after the father. So, my husband’s older brother is named John Samuel after my FIL’s father and my father-in-law. In this case, our eldest son would be named Samuel James after my FIL and husband (if we had the eldest grandson in the family). However, I’m baulking at this, and I’m pretty sure we will break this tradition. My family has no specific traditions. One I wouldn’t mind starting is passing on my middle name of Elizabeth to my eldest daughter. I think it’s a lovely name and could be a lovely tradition. However, it’s not set in stone and, to be honest, we probably will just choose a name we really like for our child, tradition be damned!
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:19 am
My SO and his sister both have their mothers maiden name as their middle name. (I think his cousins might as well – same name as their mothers were sisters).
a. Every family member has two mn’s.
b. Second mn’s can be different but all have to have a shared heritage to honor a very specific great-grandmother and her culture. (Often that mn is taken from a grandparent or aunt or uncle to honor them as well, but it is not necessary).
c. When a women get’s married she does not exchange her mn with her maiden name. You either take your husbands ln or keep yours. (I’m still petitioning for my SO to consider dropping his ln if we get married -> so far no luck).
d. Not really a “tradition” yet. But my mother and her siblings made sure to choose names that translated well into three languages. (In their case English, German and French). Since I plan to raise my children trilingual (English, German and Spanish) I will do the same. (This just seems practical to me).
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:25 am
Elizabeth is always passed down to the oldest girl, usually as a middle name, on my mom’s side.
The boys go by their middle names.
One name usually has a family connection and the other is just a name that the parents like.
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:26 am
My three children have my last name as a middle name – we don’t hyphenate. Their father also has this for his name so all four of them have four names:
first name – middle name – mother’s last name – surname
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:27 am
My husband’s family has had a legacy name for the firstborn son that goes back 9 generations; although legacy names wouldn’t be my choice, I knew it was important enough to him that I wasn’t about to break ranks for what would be Baby #10. Fortunately, the name is one that I like (although a little more popular right now than I’d choose on my own), and the family has a tradition that avoids the confusion of two names in the same household; they alternate nicknames between father and son, so that Baby and Grandpa are called the same thing but Dad is called something else.
My contribution: I convinced my husband (and father-in-law) to tweak the tradition so that the name, in either its masculine or feminine form, will go to the first-born child.
The other part of this particular tradition I like is that the middle name is up for grabs; my husband has his maternal grandfather’s name as a middle name, and our thus-far-non-existent #10 standard-bearer will have a family surname from my side (my mother’s maiden name) in the middle place. If we have a second child, s/he will get my surname (my dad’s) and a family surname from Husband’s mom’s family 🙂 both families represented in both kids! It’s not a tradition yet, but it’s one I’d like to start.
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:38 am
My dad’s side has a tradition. The first or middle name is used to honor someone in the family. Example: grandpa = Thomas George my dad= Samuel Thomas my aunt= Danielle Lee me= Madeline Lee cousin= Caroline Lee. The rules are pretty loose though. Not under much pressure.
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:50 am
Charles. My grandfather was John Charles III, my uncle is John Charles IV, and two cousins are Anthony Charles and Nicholas Charles.
on March 27th, 2013 at 1:20 am
A tradition from my mom’s side if the family is that all firstborn boys are named John. I have two cousins, two uncles, and a grandfather named John. Most vanilla name tradition ever. No way is this one getting passed on.
on March 27th, 2013 at 2:47 am
My husbands family actually have a tradition to not use family names as middle names! As a berry it has been lots of fun searching for names that are used by none of our family members-and it’s quite a large family.
My husband and his three brothers all have middle names beginning with J, but that is only a single generation tradition that we won’t be repeating.
on March 27th, 2013 at 2:52 am
My family doesnt have a tradition. My dad was diagnosed with a terminal illness when i was young and recently i made sure i got names that each of my parents love just encase something happens. In that way i can honor them without using their names.
on March 27th, 2013 at 3:24 am
Well it’s not a tradition, but my sister and I both have 3 A’s in our names, and my sisters daughter also has 3 A’s in her name, which I think is a nice subtle connection. I would like to carry it on if I have a daughter, but we will see.
As for my kiddies, no definate traditions yet, although I like at least one of the names to honour a family member, but there is no point just doing it for the sake of it. But all the names chosen must have meaning to us. I like to use variations and nicknames of certain names to create a whole new name 🙂
on March 27th, 2013 at 4:58 am
Robert seems to be the one for my dad’s family. He’s Robert William II, his father is Robert William I, his grandfather is Robert Franklin, his great grandfather is another Robert. I have five cousins named Robert. I probably won’t use this on a son because while its a nice name I’m sick of hearing it.
SO’s family tradition is that both names a child received has to be a family name or so variation thereof. This is another one I probably won’t use. At least not in its entirety since my family has Roberts out the wazoo and my mom’s family is very against repeating names. My children might have a family name as their middle or they might not. It all depends on what has meaning to us and what “fits” the child.
on March 27th, 2013 at 6:08 am
I think that we have the opposite of traditions in our family. My brother named his son after my grandpa, James. That seems like a nice normal way to honor your grandpa, right? Nope. My grandparents will have none of it. They don’t understand why my brother would do that, hate the name James, insist on calling my nephew only by his middle name, Rebel.
on March 27th, 2013 at 6:11 am
Four generations on my mum’s side have been called Pauline as their first name, including me. but it was not the name they used in their daily lives, except me.
Also, my aunts, uncles and grandpa and grandma and a lot of generations before them all have multiple catholic middle names. But they broke this tradition when naming my generation..
on March 27th, 2013 at 7:09 am
As my maiden name won’t carry on past my generation I have included it in my sons name and it will feature in this babies name too.
I am hoping this will be the start of a family tradition that my children will carry on.
on March 27th, 2013 at 7:10 am
In my father’s family, the firstborn son of the firstborn son is always called Richard. This has literally been going for centuries, developing different and more confusing nicknames for all the different Richards, until my uncle (Richard) took a stand and refused to call his son Richard. My grandparents were absolutely furious. However, as a daughter, I am hoping that I will not be obliged to carry the tradition on…I like Richard and all, but a boy called Dick in this day and age is only asking for trouble, in my opinion.
Loving seeing everyone else’s traditions – it is strange, in a way, to think that every other family has their own set of ‘rules’ as well!
on March 27th, 2013 at 7:52 am
My family has a multigenerational tradition of naming a middle name (Christy) after my great great grandfather. So my grandfather, his brothers, my father and uncles, three cousins, my two siblings, myself and my daughter all have Christy as either the only middle name or the second middle name. Both male and female. If I have another child- we’ll be using Christy as a second mn
on March 27th, 2013 at 8:09 am
For 5 generations the firstborn son in my family was named Johann. Then they just ditched it in one generation, in the next (my grandpa) it’s Johannes as a middle, Jens as a firstname (scandinavian / northern german version) in the next (my dad). Might have been a coincidence but since my beloved grandma’s middle name is Johanne es well, I’d love to pass it on, some version of Johann.
I like Janosch (Yah-nosh), Jannes (Yahnnes) and Johann.
on March 27th, 2013 at 8:12 am
There are no traditions in my immediate family or his that I know of. My Fiance and his father share a middle name, but I don’t think it really counts. In part of my extended family, the first born son is given his father’s entire name, first and middles, and then a first name of his own. The most recent boy has over five names. It’s a bit ridiculous!
on March 27th, 2013 at 8:30 am
My mother gave my siblings and I all J names in the middle and has mentioned multiple times that it’s something she would love for us to do – I’m not overly worried about keeping the tradition, but luckily all of the family names I plan to use happen to start with J, so I guess I can keep my mother happy. (I think the tradition started because both her and my father have J names in the middle and so does my uncle and a few other family members- James, John and Jeanne are all big in my family, I have used James and plan to use Joy or John depending on the sex of the next baby).
on March 27th, 2013 at 8:56 am
In my family we do use family names at least for the mn. I was named after my grandfather James Lee thus Jamee Leigh. My sister however got a more feminine name Sarah Anne named after both grandmother’s mn’s.
on March 27th, 2013 at 8:59 am
My brother has the same middle name as both of our grandfathers (Lee). And I don’t have a middle name because my dad’s mother doesn’t have one either. My mom had the same first name as her mom’s mother. And Elizabeth is a common middle name on my mom’s side of the family also. So family names are fairly common, in my family (I would so) :).
on March 27th, 2013 at 9:26 am
The only tradition we have is there is a William in every generation, going back a long time. and it is usually the william (or sibling) who passes it on. I plan to name a future son William since it was my dad’s name.
on March 27th, 2013 at 10:34 am
The only current tradition my family has is that my sisters and I all have the same middle name as my mother (Marie), but each of us has 1 of the 2 different spelling. i.e. : My mother’s is spelled Maree, mine is Marie(I’m the oldest), my middle sister’s is Maree and then my youngest sister’s is Marie. I would like to continue the tradition with my future daughter/daughters, but its such a filler middle name. Ugh decisions, decisions.
on March 27th, 2013 at 10:58 am
Sadly, none that I’ve noticed. My maternal grandmother’s family had a pool of family surnames they loved to use – several of them are on my list – but that’s about it.
I plan to pass down a family surname to all of my children. My first will definitely have my maiden name in the middle spot. I’m not budging on that one. :p Here’s to hoping that the husband will have some great names on his family tree! 🙂
on March 27th, 2013 at 11:46 am
My husband is like fourth generation Ray as a middle name. It’s not my very favorite but it could be worse. Ray is pretty easy to work with even though it doesn’t “go” with my usual style of naming. We’ve found a first name we think goes well and I like the over all meaning of name. There are no real taditions on my side but since we’re using Ray (which happens to be my paternal grandfather’s first name, even though I didn’t know him well) for a middle for boy number one, I’d like to use Eugene as a middle for boy number two since it’s a name that our maternal grandfathers share, funny enough.
on March 27th, 2013 at 11:54 am
Being Chinese most of the members of my DHs family have a Chinese middle name. The name is composed of two characters, which, when translated to English, creates a two syllable name, connected by a hyphen. The first character is pre-designated by ancient tradition (there is a family list of characters to use) and all the children of one generation have the same first character. So, my DH and his siblings and cousins all have Boh-something as a mn. My son and his cousins have E-something. The second character can be anything you we want, but is normally chosen by the grandparents, although in our case, we all discussed together to come up with a name with an appropriate meaning.
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:29 pm
My parents named my brother and I family names- one from my dad’s side, one from our mom’s. My first name comes from my dad’s mom’s maiden name, and my middle is my maternal aunt’s first. My brother’s name is the exact opposite.
My parents want me to continue it, but I’m not impressed with the current name pool. I would either have to dig into ancestry (which I want to do) or use names that honor them in less conventional ways, such as Susannah Marcelline (My grandmother Sue and my mother’s name that means warrior).
The only name that has been carried down through generations on my mother’s side is Reed. My ancestors were part of the Donner Party, the famous pioneer group that got stuck in the Sierras, and I’m descended from Patty Reed. I do plan to use Reed as a middle name for either a boy or a girl (my mom is the unisex Kelly Reed), but preferably a little guy.
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:42 pm
not really a tradition but i plan to have my girls go by their middle name when i start my family ttc atm 🙂
Gwenyth “Dahlia” Marie
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
All my family have middle names that are after another family member.
on March 27th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
On my mother’s side, it’s been a long-standing tradition to have everyone’s middle name start with an A. My mother’s is Alexandra, her sister’s is Alessia, and so on.
My mother was the only one so far to break tradition, and gave me and my sister middle names that both start with S.
I think that I’d definitely love to keep the A or S middle name tradition going with my children! Not sure which, though!
on March 27th, 2013 at 1:32 pm
I’m trying to start one, using a variation of mom’s first name in the middle for the first daughter. My mom’s name is Linda and she named me Jennifer Lynn. So, with my first daughter, I took the “Jen” sound and named her Serena Genevieve. We will see what Serena does.
On my husband’s side, all of the first born sons are named James. This goes way back in time. There are a lot of James!
on March 27th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
I’m envious of all these great traditions — don’t you think they give you some feeling of unity going back through the generations? But I know they can be constricting too….
on March 27th, 2013 at 2:18 pm
An not-obvious tradition I realized in my family is giving the girls “converted” boy names:
Marcia (Marcus, her twin’s name actually!)
Charlene Frances (Charles Francis)
On my Mom’s side (and for me) we get just a letter for a middle name, so there is K, J and R in the family (no period after it).
on March 27th, 2013 at 2:26 pm
My parents have 3 girls, and all 3 of us have 1 syllable, 5 letter first names and a traditional, somewhat flower-y middle name that starts with a vowel:
on March 27th, 2013 at 2:39 pm
My family only uses ancetor names for the babies. It is an ongoing tradition. Our family is very large and very close. We have reunions and get into name groups sometimes for games! James, Michael, Donte, Harry, and Arthur are the highest of the men family names. The women are Julia, Elizabeth, Mary, Anne, and Victoria. We do add an extra mn every so often just to make it our own.
on March 27th, 2013 at 3:03 pm
well it wasn’t intended this way, but all of my biological sisters and I have names ending in -A (Amanda, Alyssa, Joanna, Macayla). In childhood, we all went by ‘boyish’ nn (Mandi, Al, Jojo/Jo, Mac)..now we don’t though, except for Mandi.
On my dad’s side, The boys are named after their fathers for the most part.
On my mom’s side, the mn Rose has been passed down to all girls..but my mom stopped that with her daughters.
I don’t really intend to start any naming traditions with my own kids..maybe use some names to honor some people, but not as a ‘tradition’..
on March 27th, 2013 at 3:18 pm
My brother is the fourth in a line of Gerard Aloyisous es. I plan on using Aloysious or Aloy as a middle but I’ll leave Gerard the 5th to him!
I want my children to all have a middle name starting with the same letter, that is also a family name. So far it hasen’t been too hard, I have Aloysious, Alice, Antonia, and Aurelia which are all favorites of mine and work out perfectly!
on March 27th, 2013 at 3:29 pm
My son is the 5th “known” generation of V names. My aunt Victoria didn’t have any children so it continued with me. I hope my son continues the tradition. He also has the middle name Robert which is peppered around both family trees for many generations.
on March 27th, 2013 at 4:00 pm
My Mom’s family – first daughters are Mary. My dad’s side, first daughters have the mn Elizabeth.
My mom didn’t have a good connotation to Mary Elizabeth, so she used both as middle names!
My brother had both grandfathers as MNs and my sister had an aunt and Marie as a form of Mary.
And I am thrilled that she pushed them both to middles, because I am pushing the 2 names into one either one name or hyphenating for our future daughter.
on March 27th, 2013 at 4:02 pm
I’m big about honoring family in the middle.
My son has my Dad’s name in the middle. And if we have another boy, we’ve discussed using my brother’s name, my MiL’s maiden name or having my brother pick the mn.
My husband’s side has no ties to anything except having a boy to carry on the last name (a super-generic name that millions of people have.)
on March 27th, 2013 at 4:03 pm
My mother and I both have middle names in honor of our maternal great-grandmothers. I plan to follow the tradition because both of my grandmother’s share the gorgeous middle name, Mae! We don’t have any long used naming traditions in our family though we do have the common standard of having a family name as a middle.
on March 27th, 2013 at 4:24 pm
Italians, Greeks, and several other ethnicities have the tradition of naming children after their grandparents, which is why I have the name I do. My poor sister was saddled with my grandmother’s long, ethnic name that she never goes by. I tried adding it to the Baby Name Wizard Namipedia where it was promptly deleted, presumably for being too esoteric. :\
on March 27th, 2013 at 5:11 pm
My brother and I are both named after our grandparents. Although there is no history of naming tradition in our family. No one else in my family is named after anyone. It was always kind of annoying because my brother and I were sometimes teased for having “old people” names. On top of that, my initials are unfortunate because of this.
****katie (my screen name) is not my real name, its a nn that came from an inside joke with my friend.
on March 27th, 2013 at 6:04 pm
No naming traditions in my family!
on March 27th, 2013 at 7:01 pm
Its not exactly a tradition, but the middle name Cole has been in my family, from my dad’s side, for at least three generations. And I would like to try and keep that thread going. 🙂
on March 27th, 2013 at 7:07 pm
We have a tradition in our family that the oldest born son get’s his dad’s first name as his middle name. For example my grandfather’s name is Heinz, therefore my dad’s middle name is Heinz. My dad’s first name is Anthony therefore my brother’s middle name is Anthony ect.
Also my brother and I are named after our grandparents but my sister got left out 🙂
on March 27th, 2013 at 7:34 pm
In my family, the first boy born to the william of that generation will be named william. they go by their middle names or a variation of the name.
on March 27th, 2013 at 7:38 pm
Ann/Anne as a middle name for the oldest girl on my mother’s side, which has been passed on to my cousins baby. My mother , the youngest child had the mn Elizabeth, which was passed to me. My daughter has the fn Lillian – derivitave of Elizabeth and her mn is a female version of her granddad’s name to honour him and also our Welsh heritage, her second mn has a literary reference. We will continue this tradition with future children – boys carrying on my husband’s mn as well as prominant name of his ancestors. ( which coincidentaly happens to be a prominant name on my side of the family tree to). I love the fact that there is a story behind each of my little girl’s name , she has her own identity but its also steeped in history .
on March 27th, 2013 at 7:38 pm
My family has a few mini-traditions:
My grandfather was Robert Edwin
My uncle is Robert Whitney
My brother is Kevin Robert
My sister’s son is Jack Robert and
My brother’s son is Robert William
I hope to be able to use Robert in one of my children’s names some day.
Also, my grandmother and all of her brothers and sisters went by their middle names, except my Grandmother. Their names are:
Honor Nesta, b. 1924
Alfred Whitney b. 1926
Olive Elizabeth b. 1927
Frances Nita b. 1929 (my grandmother)
Richard Morris b. 1931
Arlene Patricia b. 1932
David Willis b. 1934
Astrid Marie b. 1936
I love that alot of their names are back to being popular now, like Olive, Astrid and Frances. They hated their names at the time and went for the more mundane like Marie, Pat, Betty and Willie.
Lastly, I’m obsessed with the names of my great grandmothers: Adah, Ethel, Minnie and Honoria. I hope to use them and carry on really meaningful names to me. My mother is also named for her grandmother, Adah. She is Susan Adah.
on March 27th, 2013 at 8:55 pm
I really love all of the family names we have down the line. We will definately use either parents or grandparents names for mn. Depending on if we have a boy or a girl we may use our names as mn’s too. We still have a while to decide. Some family names that we like are:
on March 27th, 2013 at 10:23 pm
The only two I know of are passing on variants of the name Helen, and the name George. My sister and me also where both named after our grandmas, my sister our maternal and me after out perternal.
on March 27th, 2013 at 10:51 pm
The only tradition we have is that every first girl has the MN Kay. I do plan on continuing that. A tradition I started with my own kids is two MN. They have one syllable first names and one of their names starts with j but that is pretty restricting
on March 27th, 2013 at 11:22 pm
In my dads family at least one daughter in every family is named Martina. If you are at a family reunion for his side of the family and yell Martina, at least 7 people will trun around. The tradition has continued on to my family as my youngest brother and his wife and one of my cousins have Martinas who are under the age of 2.
In my moms family each person has kids with the same first letter name.
on March 27th, 2013 at 11:27 pm
No naming traditions here other than go with what you love!
I wanted to start my own tradition by giving my children ‘O’ MNs (since my DD has Oceana as her 1st MN) but DH wasn’t fond of that & it’s really hard to find ‘O’ MNs that I like. But one tradition that will happen is to give my DDs two MNs. I would like for their 1st MN to contain a ‘C’ just because of Oceana and the 1st MN for our 2nd DD(on our name list) has a ‘c’ by coincidence.
on March 28th, 2013 at 12:12 pm
On my dad’s side there is a tradition of the first son’s middle name being his grandfather’s first name. The problem is, I don’t like the middle name I will now be stuck with. My dad is Robert Sydney (Sydney after his grandfather, of course. At least I’m not stuck with that one…), which means my first son will have the middle name Robert. Unfortunately, Robert does not fit in with the first names I like AT ALL.
It’s just not working for me.
There is also a tradition on my mother’s side to make the first name of the first daughter somehow after her grandmother and the middle name somehow after her mother. For example: my name is Grace Elisabeth.
My grandmother’s name was Shirley GRACE and my mother’s name is Lisa, which she snuck into eLISAbeth. This, of course makes it hard for my first daughter. I plan to name her Elisabeth, which incorporates my mother’s name, but then my only options for a middle name are Elisabeth and Grace. So then I’m stuck with Elisabeth Elisabeth (not happening), or Elisabeth Grace, which I don’t like because it is my name backwards.
on March 29th, 2013 at 1:51 am
Not really a tradition but my maternal grandmother’s name is ALMA (‘soul’ in Spanish) so I’m thinking of naming my firstborn girl LUNA (‘moon’ in Spanish) to link the names through the language of origin.
on March 29th, 2013 at 3:36 am
My mums side: Louise as a middle name (it’s my mums, mine and now my daughters middle name).
My dads side: William
My husbands side:
From his dads side: sons get their dads name as a middle name. So his grandpa was Maxwell ?X, his dad was Christopher Maxwell, he is Rhys Alan Chrisopher and our son will be ?X Rhys (or if our second child is a girl she will be ?X Reese)
on March 29th, 2013 at 7:16 pm
In our family- my family of origin- each child is given a name from each parents “side”.
My first name is from my fathers, my middle is from my mothers.
And our July baby will have my husbands fathers first name and my mothers fathers middle name.
So it continues!
on March 30th, 2013 at 9:04 am
I’m named after my mother’s grandmothers, and I would love to continue that tradition with my first daughter!
on March 30th, 2013 at 4:38 pm
On my father’s side of the family their was the tradition of this cycle Robert John, John Robert, Robert John etc this cycle was stopped however when my mother refused to name her son Robert John (my father is John Robert) due to a family scandal. I glad that my mum broke the cycle as I wouldn’t want to name my son John Robert I have my own ideas…
A family name is Jane/John though, Jane is my middle name, my mothers and my Grandmother’s favourite name it’s also the female variant of John which is a major family name. So I’m going to defiantly use Jane when/if I have a girl.
on April 5th, 2013 at 9:16 pm
In my family, on my moms side, one of the male children tend to have the name Whit placed somewhere in their name. (first, or middle) My brother is Austin Whit, my uncle Riley Whit II(went by Whit), my grandfather Riley Whit I, and then my great grandfather Whit(I am unsure on his middle name). When I was younger though my uncle passed away, so in honor of his memory I decide to name my daughter after him, Whitney Riley.
on April 20th, 2013 at 11:10 am
None that I know of, though family names are common on my Dad’s side (his father is Gerard, his name is Peter Gerard. My uncle is called Christopher John, my brothers are John Joseph and Thomas Peter). But my Mum didn’t have a mn for me, so out of panick used hers (Jayne). As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to love this connection, and I plan to pass the name down to my oldest daughter, when I get there. I hope she carries it on!
on April 20th, 2013 at 7:51 pm
No traditions really, my grandmother and my aunt have variations of the same name as a MN (Marie and Mary) but she did not continue it. My father was named after his father (John George), but since he only had girls there was no way to pass it on. I plan to use my grandmothers MN’s as FN and MN for my daughter (Gwendolyn Marie) and use a variety of my father and grandfathers name for a son (Jonathon). I hope that my daughter continues the middle names of her grandmother tradition but if she doesn’t I won’t be upset.
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on April 29th, 2013 at 1:25 pm
My Uncle’s wife (so technically me Aunt) is from the Philippines, and they have a very popular tradition. Each child’s middle name is their mother’s maiden name.
Once a girl gets married her maiden name becomes her middle name.
I think it’s a wonderful way to keep a family name going, especially if you don’t end up having boys.
on May 26th, 2013 at 8:52 pm
In my family, everyone’s first and middle name come from another family member or ancestor somewhere, although we’re not picky where or how far back. We are Southern and surnames as first or middle names are popular here, so basically any name is up for grabs. I was named after my great-grandmother (although she spelled it Emilie), and my middle name is my mom’s maiden name. My sister got the beautiful name of Suzanne Heart, both names of ancestors.
My husband and I like this tradition a lot, so we gave our daughter one name from each side of her family: Cates Margaret. Cates was my husband’s grandmother’s maiden name, and is his own middle name. Margaret was my grandmother’s name. We’ll do the same for any future children as well.
on June 19th, 2013 at 4:13 pm
On my side of the family our names are always in honor of someone in our family that passed away. My mother is Felicia Annalise after her cousin who passed away when she was fifteen. Felecia was my mothers sisters daughter who died of cancer. My name is Barbara Patricia. Barbara is after my cousin who died at the age of 22 in a car accident, two days before I was born. My sister Lynn Ann. Lynn after an aunt who died of breast cancer. My sister who I dont talk to is named Cheryl Veronica. Cheryl after my moms best friend (she considered her family) who died a month before my sister was born. My kids and my sisters kids arent named fter family member so we sort of broke the chain! But my oldest daughters middle name is after my ex husbands great aunt! 🙂
on July 11th, 2013 at 9:51 pm
The only thing I can think of is that some people in my family are named after other people in my family or important people to us. But mostly everyone isn’t and it’s certainly not a tradition. I am kind of planning on using my mom’s middle name as my eldest daughters first name because I honestly just love the name (Renee). So maybe that could be a tradition if my futurekids want to pass it on but II’m not really big on strict naming traditions.
on July 14th, 2013 at 7:00 pm
My grandparents named their kids with J’s… Well, five of the six. My aunt who is the only non-J name was supposed to be Jemima but ended up Esther, because no one liked Jemima. Two of their kids, an uncle and an aunt, kept the tradition going by naming all of their kids with J’s. My aunt actually took it a step further by naming all four of her kids with J first names and A middle names. Each of her kids have kept or plan on keeping the tradition going by naming their kids with J first names and A middle names. I was lucky… My mom didn’t give into that tradition, though I did end up named after my great-aunt, a name I’ve always said is very “old-lady”-esque, despite having heard several other persons at or around my age with it. Coincidentally, my mom named my brother and I with vowel first names but that wasn’t intentional. My cousin is the third and if he has a son, he says he’s definitely naming his son the IV, but I think that’s cause senior and jr are already gone and he wants to keep the tradition going. So I guess there’s a tradition but it’s not a strict one.
on February 17th, 2014 at 2:31 am
Everyone in my [maternal] family seems to have a name or two that’s related to other members of previous generations.
Prepare for a confusing but historical family tree of names!
I’m Kristen Marie; my great-grandmother’s grandma was Kierstina, which is what my mother used as a basis for my name, and my grandmother was Marie (my middle name and my eldest cousin’s middle name). My grandfather is Ralph MacDonald. One uncle is Ralph MacLean, his son (RIP Mackie) was Ralph MacLean also, and my great-grandfather (grandpa’s side) was MacDonald, often called “Mac” (like my uncle). My eldest great-uncle and my great-great-grandfather (mother’s paternal lineage) were both Daniel Fraser, which is the name a cousin inherited. (The Fraser name first originates from my great-great-grandfather’s mother, whose last name was Fraser – this means that he could’ve had two last names OR used his mother’s maiden name as a middle name). Another cousin was named after my youngest uncle, Mark. Furthermore, my grandmother’s mother’s middle name was Christiana, which is a variant of my mother’s middle name, Christine. My grandmother’s grandmother was Elizabeth, as was my grandfather’s grandmother, and, interestingly enough, my grandmother’s great-grandmother was Elizabeth Fraser! (Not surprising – we’re in the 19th century generation here). I can’t help but wonder how the Fraser name got into my grandmother’s family, since the Fraser name was primarily originated in my grandfather’s lineage, but it makes for an interesting story. (Especially the questionable possible relative William III five-six generations back who had a child with his spanish maid, and a few John Adams in my family from the early and late 1700s).
My grandmother’s middle name is Elizabeth (as is many other ancestors name, first or middle) and it is my ultimate favorite name EVER! So I will definitely name my daughter in her honor. My grandfather’s mother’s first name was Grace, another favorite name of mine, right below Elizabeth in the Girls category. So if I have a second daughter her name shall be Grace.
In terms of the maiden-name tradition, I inherited my mother’s maiden name – no father in the picture – and it would be awkward and, quite possibly, racist, if I used “Black” as a middle name. 😛 If my future mother-in-law is honorable, then maybe hers could be used, but this is highly doubtful. I could see myself using “Christine” as a middle name for my daughter to honor my mother.
If my cousins decide to not honor the traditional Fraser or MacLean/MacDonald name, then I shall bestow my future son with a unique variant for a middle name (could just be Fraser, but there’s always the many variants of Don/Donald to choose from!)
on June 12th, 2014 at 6:48 pm
In my family, boys get their father’s first name as their middle name and girls get their grandmother’s first name as their middle name.
on July 9th, 2014 at 4:58 am
In my step-fathers family the eldest son always has the first name Edward, but they all go by their middle name eg. Edward William (my step father) goes by Bill and Edward Thomas (my step brother) goes by Tom.
on October 25th, 2014 at 2:29 pm
My dad’s side of the family uses the father’s first name as a middle name for the first born son.
My grandpa is Allan Francis
My dad is Michael Allen (the spelling got mixed up)
My brother is Martin Michael Gustavo (He’s adopted)
My sister got my mom’s name as a middle name even though I’m older. (Elizabeth) My first name is Michaila after my dad, and Michaila Elizabeth was too much of a mouthful. I got Christine as a middle name. My mom’s sister’s middle name is Christine, and I was born exactly two weeks before Christmas Eve, so…
I think it’s a nice tradition. If my future husband’s first name sounds great with the boy names we like, I’d definitely use it. If not, no biggie. Same for the girls, though I don’t think I’d pass on Michaila. It’s kind of dated at this point. Christine, however, would sound nice with my two current favorites for girls, Antonia and Rosalind.
on February 23rd, 2017 at 8:07 pm
My SO’s mother, sister, and cousin all have his grandmother’s name as their middle name, so our first born daughter will have Kathleen as her middle name as well 🙂
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