Middle Names: How To Make A Distinguished Choice

No sooner had we declared the death of such old-style middle names as Ann, John, and Marie – mere connective tissue between the first name and the last – than we started seeing the rise of a whole new generation of undistinguished middle names.

There are now officially enough little girls with the middle name Rose, thank you very much, and so too have we heard an awful lot of Grace, James, Claire, Lee, and Rae for girls, Ray for boys.

Granted, middle names are not as important as first names and may be rarely used after the birth announcements are printed.  But that’s no reason to default to whatever’s easiest.  In fact, the middle can be the perfect place to use a name that’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 – If your family is barging into the baby-naming act, make peace by using a family name in the middle.  My husband and I used both grandmothers’ names as middle names for our daughter, for instance, and revived a great-great-grandpa’s distinguished but eccentric name as our older son’s middle name.

— CREATE A NEW VARIATION ON A FAMILY NAME — Was your father’s name Eric?  Then consider Ericson as your son’s middle name.  Or spin a family name to its ethnic original — Mary to Maria, for instance — or refit a name’s gender, giving your daughter the middle name Josephine to honor Grandpa Joe.

— PUT A LAST NAME IN THE MIDDLE – Putting Mom’s maiden name in the middle can be one good solution to the surname debates and a way to create family unity if both parents keep their original surnames.  You can also revive a nearly-forgotten family surname as a middle name.  Don’t overlook ethnic choices like O’Brien or DiMatteo that can make distinctive and meaningful middle names.

— MAKE THE MIDDLE NAME A PLACE NAME – Did you honeymoon in TahitiHarbor a lifelong love of London?  A place with family meaning, that you visited, or where your baby was conceived can make a good middle name.

— PICK A WORD, (ALMOST) ANY WORD – Word names can make distinctive middle names.  Obvious choices include True, Blue, and Love, but other word name possibilities include nature names such as Lake and Pine, animal names like Fox or Lark, color names such as Crimson and Indigo, day names such as Winter or Midnight (both used by Nicole Richie), or spiritual names such as Answer or Peace.

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Emily Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 1:01 am

I love my daughter’s middle name: Emiline

I am the 6th generation “Emily” in my family but I didn’t like how Emily flowed with the first name I picked out. So, I used a french version of Emily to not only honor the tradition of using Emily in my family but my maiden name is also french so it worked perfectly. We just changed the spelling a bit from Emmeline to Emiline to better fit our “Emily” need.

I love that her name has so much meaning.

Other Carolyn Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 1:11 am

Even though my middle name isn’t particularly special (in a roundabout way, I was named after a totally unremarkable girl my father went to school with), I love it to bits and use it all the time. I think in this very international, very online day and age, more people will turn to using their middle names to distinguish themselves from others with the same first and last name. Even with my obscure surname, I happen to know there is one other person in Australia with my fn/ln, so having a mn that is not Lynn or Marie really helps.

The only thing I would caution against is using a name dated to the parents generation. Everyone I knew whose middle name was Barbara or Diane hated it, and often refused to share their middle names. Better to honour a different relative or update Babs and Di to something a little more modern.

Claire Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 1:42 am

My middle name is my mother’s maiden name. It’s a two-syllable, ethnic, rather-clunky name, and so is my surname, and they don’t flow well. As a female, I was always embarrassed when I had to trade middle names with all the Roses and Lynns. I always felt like I got the shaft because it isn’t a “real” middle name. Yes, it is certainly distinctive, but I would advise anyone considering this route to think twice, especially if you’re naming a daughter.

Abby Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 5:36 am

Great advice! My sisters and I all had “filler” middle names. I’m forever jealous when I get a friend’s wedding invitation and discover she’s got some fabulous family name in the middle.

LOVE your reboot of Emily for your daughter – clever!

crunchymama Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 6:47 am

My mother in law is Mary. One of our girls has the mn Marigold to honor her.

Jessica Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 8:00 am

I had to laugh because my little boy’s middle name is Ray and my little girl’s is Rae. I realize they are popular but Rae happens to be my maiden name!

amanda Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 8:12 am

My daughters middle name is Caitlin, which is after my grandmother – Kathleen. We didn’t like Kathleen, so went for Irish Gaelic version of.

ycw Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 8:31 am

My daughter and I share our middle name with my mom and her mom–Jane. My grandma’s mom’s first name was Jane as well. I thought it was boring growing up, but now I really love it and have even toyed with going by it (my real fn is Jessica.. not very interesting). DH is a Jr. and DS is a III; their middle name is Sidney. I do like one-syllable middle names for girls; seems harder to get them to fit in the FN slot, unless the MN is Marie. Some names I would use as fns or mns. I don’t think there’s any FN I’d be unwilling to use in the middle. Maybe John or Shem–one syllable boys’ names work better for me. And two-syllable girls names ending in -y or -ie, though I might end up putting Lucy in the middle.

Either FN or MN:
Asa, Benjamin, Daniel, George, Hezekiah, Judah, James, Josiah, Nehemiah, Obadiah, Silas, Vincent

Eden, Elizabeth, Eve, Faith, Leah, Lucy, Natalie, Pearl, Rhoda, Rebecca, Trinity, Virginia

Too dated for FN:
Alfred, Ernest, Lucy, Martha, Susan

Too word-y for FN:
Ernest, May

Just doesn’t work with LN/any middle names:
Mark, Eve, Faith

Can’t agree on or don’t like nicknames:
Jeremiah, Josiah, Methuselah, Nehemiah

Too “out there” or difficult to spell:
Mephibosheth, Methuselah, Selah, Sarai

kitty Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 8:43 am

There’s an old tradition in my father’s family to switch between giving the first and middle name Michael to the firstborn boy of each generation – my dad’s name is Mike, and my great uncle and younger brother both have it as a middle.
My middle is in honor of my aunt – her name is Susan, but my mom called her Su, so I’m Caitlin Su. Not only a bland first, but a weird middle. When I was confirmed, the pastor even confronted me and said “they put some weird asian name in as your middle name…” cringe. Hate my mom for it to this day.

Jasmine Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 8:49 am

If our baby is born in August (due date is the 25th!) and it’s a boy, we are thinking of using Augustus as a middle name!

Karen Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 10:22 am

Where your baby was conceived? Goodness, I’m afraid my oldest child’s middle name would have been “Buick”. 😉

holbs Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 10:51 am

My Mum had all kinds of enchanting first name ideas that my Dad couldn’t get behind, so I ended up with a fantastic and unexpected middle name that’s always been something I’m pleased as punch about

LyndsayJenness Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 10:56 am

LOL @ Karen!

My middle is Jenness which is a family surname as well as my uncle’s middle name. Whenever I saw him when I was little he’d say “We have the same middle name!”. It always made me feel special and connected to my family. I loved it so much, still do. I even loved that no one could ever spell it! On the other hand, almost every girl I knew had the middle name Marie and sometimes I felt left out, but that was only when I was around 10-12.

I gave my son the middle name David Rowe. David is my FILs first name, my son is his 7th grandchild (3rd boy) and none of them are named after him or even anyone on his side of the family. I thought it was time! David is also hubby’s brother’s middle name. Rowe is my great-grandfathers, grandfathers, uncles and brother’s middle name, and it was a family surname before that. I wanted to continue the tradition. So my son has two uncle’s and he shares his middle name with both of them. I love all the family connections in his name so much.

If we have another boy he will have my dad’s first name and my husband’s grandfather’s middle name, “William Warfield”. Girls are trickier, Elizabeth Ann or Ann Elizabeth is quite likely because it’s both of our favorite grandmothers, even though it’s super boring, it still has a lot of meaning for us. My preference is quirky old surnames from my family tree though, I’ve got Darling, Bliss, Frost, and lots of other fun one’s that I’m dying to use!

BeeJay Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 11:04 am

My niece has the lovely middle name “Richelle” after her father Richard. She likes it so much that when she got married, she kept this and dropped her maiden name. It goes with Melissa.

Rhiannon Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 11:05 am

My middle name is Rhiannon and I have always loved it. Whenever I traded middle names with girls growing up, they would sigh with envy. Which was a balm to reactions to my legal first name, which is absolutely grotesque!

Fawn Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I picked out Jocelyn Aurelia for my little girl before getting pressure to use Lee which was a family name on both sides and the middle name of her dad’s sister who had died. Rather than give up the beautiful name I has picked out I gave her a second middle name so her full name is Jocelyn Aurelia Lee. My mom and mother in law both have Jo as a middle name so my husband wants to use that next so I’m considering using two again. I’m such a name geek that I’d rather give my children two than miss out on the opportunity to use the great names on my list

Olive Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

My middle name is my great grandmother’s maiden name, and is my mom, aunt, and grandma’s middle name as well. As for my sisters, their middle names are family names also. I like all of our middle names very much. It seems all of my friends have the middle name of either Anne, Gracy, or Mary. I am so tired of all that!

Lola Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I have 2 middles, Elisabeth, for my Grandmother & Susanne, for my Mother’s best friend (who died right before I was born). I gave each of my kids two middles as well, each got a Family name (Sebastian, Ambrose & Anne) and a Family surname (Coe, Nash & Rosamel). but varied the order with each. I loved standing out with my two middles as a kid and I’m pleased that they enjoy having two as well!

Stephanie Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I have both of my grandmother’s maiden name as my middle names. I love it because they are both family trees that ended, so I am the last person to carry both those names! I also gives me a special connection to my family.

Olivia Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I’m an Olivia Sarah. Sarah after my great great grandmother. I’ve always thought it was pretty, but nothing special. I would have much rather have been an Olivia Seraphine or even had her middle name – Josephine, which is just gorgeous. Sigh.

My sister is Georgia Rose. Rose is my grandmothers middle name. I’ve always been just a little bit jealous of her, despite the fact Rose is usually used as such a filler – It’s a flower, and the French word for a colour… as well as being our beloved grandmother’s middle name. My parents could have been more creative though – Georgia Rosalie or Georgia Rosalind would have been gorgeous.

tavn Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

My sister’s middle name is Rae, after my dad, Ray. My aunt gave her son the middle name Ray, after my dad.
My middle name is Monet. My friend gave her younger daughter the middle name Monet, after me. My other aunt also gave her firstborn the middle name Monet, after me.

Me, on the other hand, while I like the idea of honoring those close and important to you, I have a plethora of names I love too much. The middle name slot is for the names you love, but wouldn’t use as a first name, for me.

We have these picked out..

Aeson Josiah Lucan – The MN initials need to be JL to correspond with DH’s initials. Josiah is a love of mine and Lucan is a very rare, classic name.

Harlow Eliza Janelle – Eliza is in honor of my best friend (the one that gave her daughter the MN Monet) because her MN is Elizabeth. Janelle is in honor of DH’s deceased sister.

ycw Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Oh, and I forgot Rose. It’s my sister’s middle name, and she got it from farther back in the family tree. I really want to do Rhoda as a first name for a daughter, so I can’t do Rose as a first even if I could come up with a good combo, which I can’t. I like Leah Rose, Rebecca Rose, or Virginia Rose.

Stephanie Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

My middle name is Ryan, which I liked because it wasn’t “Marie” or “Anne” like all my friends’ middle names, but I hated that there wasn’t a story as to why. My mom just said “it sounded good”.

Our children both joined our family via adoption, so naming was a little tricky. We ended up liking our daughter’s given first name (Savannah) but giving her a middle name we loved: Harper. Our son came with the name Dennis, but my partner’s name is Denise and we decided it was way too close for comfort. We named him Miles (which coincidentally is a family name of his awesome foster parents) and chose the middle name Desmond after one of our heroes (Desmond Tutu). We felt it was close enough to Dennis but had more personal meaning for us.

Heather Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

While middle names such as Ann, Lynn, and Marie may be boring to some and obviously overused, sometimes they do provide a full name with some much-needed rhythm. I hated my MN (which is Marie) growing up for the very reasons listed above, but I now recognize that it helped my FN (also rather boring and overused) flow really well into my last. I’m now considering it as a MN should our 4th child be a girl because the rhythm of Marie makes the FN we’ve chosen sound that much prettier. I’ll take good rhythm in a name any day over two beautiful names that just sit side by side as FN and MN. Just my two cents.

Leslie Owen Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I was not given a middle name at birth, and in 3rd grade I was teased at my new school for not having a middle name. Every day I would write a new middle name on my paper to try to figure out which one went best. Finally I chose Elayne after my mother.
My daughter’s middle name, Louisa, is after my great-grandmother Luisa. My son’s middle name, Caleb, is his Hebrew name.

trich323 Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I hate that Rose is considered a filler name! Growing up in the 80’s, everyone had Lee, Lynn, and Marie, and I knew of no one with Rose for a middle. I had no idea it had gotten so popular! I think I memorized half the SSA list but never even thought to try to look for overly-popular middle names. When we named our daughter last year, we used Rose in the middle to honor both a great-grandma Rosalie and a great-grandma Rosemary. So, obviously, it’s not just filler for us.

Oh, and three years ago when we first started trying to conceive, we took a second honeymoon in Scotland, mostly on the Isle of Skye. I was really hoping to get pregnant there and use Skye for a middle name, boy or girl!

Ashley Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I always wished I had a middle like Rose or Lynn, but now I love my middle name more than my first! My middle is Jeanette, after my paternal grandmother. It also honours my maternal grandmother (middle name Jean) and my aunt (named Jeana). My sister’s middle name is Jeanelle: chosen by 5-year-old me when we adopted her so that we would match! lol.

NameGoddess Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

These all sound great, except I can’t say that I’d be thrilled to find out I was named after where I was conceived.

Devon Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

My middle name is my grandmother’s maiden name (Johnston), as is my mother’s middle name her grandmother’s maiden name (Cranston). I would love to keep the tradition going if I ever have a daughter but I don’t see how Caldwell would make a good middle name.

Valentina Says:

June 29th, 2011 at 1:43 am

Ha, I don’t have a middle name, but when I was little, I went around telling people my name was Valentina Maria. I still have one friend who calls me that instead of Val. XD

ycw Says:

June 29th, 2011 at 7:59 am

Had we conceived a daughter at PAX East–a gaming convention–I wanted to use Rebecca Pax. Always next year I suppose.

Kayt Says:

June 29th, 2011 at 9:58 am

My sister and I are Margaret and Elizabeth in the middle, respectively. We both have family names, and I like it that way. My son’s middle name is Kenneth. It’s my husband’s middle name, his father’s first name, his father’s first name, his father’s middle name, etc. etc. I kind of didn’t have a choice in that one. 😉 If we ever have a daughter, her middle name will definitely be Margaret. My mother’s name is Margo, my grandmother’s name is Margaret, and, as previously mentioned, my sister’s middle name is Margaret.

anachtrieb Says:

July 1st, 2011 at 9:48 am

I usually don’t post here, but I had to on this one because my husband and I worked together on our daughters name to make it inclusive of both of our names. He was absolutely opposed to hyphenating (I kept my maiden name when we were married) but his last name is Jones, too common for my taste besides which his family is very fractured and he has only a few good relationships with people in his immediate and extended family (looooooooong stories there, yikes!) I am a 5th generation native to our state and have a very unusual last name that is pretty much only associated with my family in the state(out of state there are a few long lost connections and a few unconnected folks as well). We are a very tight knit family and spend lots of time together, and my husband has embraced being part of our traditions in a wonderful way. Plus our daughter is a 6th generation native on my side. My husband, so graciously, agreed to have his name as the middle and mine as the last so we could both share in her name, but that she would be able to have her last name as a connection to the history–it was even his idea! Thus came Adaira Jones Nachtrieb. We love it!

Emily Says:

July 3rd, 2011 at 10:33 am

I was born as the terribly popular combination (and later horror movie title) Emily Rose. I decided to put my own flair on my name through my confirmation name, for which I chose Alexandria, partly for the library at Alexandria and partly as a shortened version of one of Anastasia Romanov’s middle names. Luckily, Rose wasn’t a filler name- it’s my grandma’s first name. For my children, I will definitely be using interesting middles names- my guilty pleasures are Aurelia, Helene, Ariadne, Adele, Seraphina, Rhys, Miles and Alistair.

KatieB Says:

July 5th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

We have several bird names in the family…Lark Alfred Sr. (Yes a MALE Lark), Lark Alfred Jr.(My grandpa), & Dovie. I’ve considered using Avery (a variant of Alfred), or another bird name in order to honor my grandfather…maybe Starling for a boy and Wren or Phoebe for a girl. Also my best friend is Robin so it could be after her too. 🙂

Sharn Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 3:32 am

I was given my grandmothers fn as my mn, and although my entire name rolls off the tongue, Nanette isn’t really a name I would’ve chosen for myself had I had the opportunity. My sister was given Leigh as her mn but this was named after no-one in particular, her first name, Janae, on the other hand was a modern day spin on our mothers middle name Jan and my fathers mother’s middle name, Jane so I love the connection she has. If I have a daughter, I want to have a mn for her which is connected to both of my parents and my sisters first names (Janae, Raewyn and Raymond), so very possibly, she will be called Avery Renae 🙂

samipants Says:

August 11th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

My middle name is Mary. Two of my three sisters (all older) have no middle name, and my eldest sister, Siobhan has Marie. She named me when she was 15 (i still haven’t decided whether its hers or my mothers fault) and she named me so we’d have the same initials!

My Nephew has the middle name Edward, after a friend of his father’s who died shortly before he was born, but his sisters have Mary and Ann, both presumably fillers.

I think I’d like to use names with significance to me in the middle, as I have far to many names I’d prefer in the fn spot!
I definitely won’t be using filler names, as I really hate my name, and I have since I was about 11 (when I realised it was popular, i think)) and I would have loved a middle name I could fall back on.

Reeny Says:

August 18th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I have two middle names – Evelyn and Elizabeth. Both are the names of my grandmothers. I love having two significant names. It is a family tradition to have two and it is a superb way to honour both sides of the family, especially as my family is made up of varying nationalities.

I think it is sad that middle names could be ‘filler’. Why bother, if there is no meaning for the giver? And by the sounds of it, middle names appear to be quite important to the bestower, if not so for the parent who doesn’t know what to use / hasn’t given much thought.

I want to use Rose or Rosa as a middle name because it was my great aunty’s name and great-great grandmother’s. I’m glad I can have the excuse that it is a family name, because I think I would use it anyway! Rose has the unique ability to soften a first name, add classic charm, and works with so many names of varying syllables. I can’t think of a name that it doesn’t work with.

Charsnz Says:

April 12th, 2012 at 5:41 am

My dd’s middle name is aubree rose (aubree the name I dreamed I would name my lil girl but hubby hated it 🙁 and rose is my middle name. So added them Both. My ds has my hubby’s name as his middle name.

stairwaytoastar Says:

July 13th, 2012 at 6:27 am

My middle name is Grace but I was born in 1985 when it was not as popular. In fact, I have never met another girl my age with the middle name Grace. I plan on giving my daughter the same middle name as a way to connect us both. I would even have given her Grace as a first name if my married name were not so short. That being said, this article makes me think of possibilities for middle names after my first born.

emmie113 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I have the also common and awful middle name, Kate. It makes me cringe. It is so common, though I love the usage of shorter middle names since my favorite names are relatively long. My current fave middle names are, for a girl: Ivy, Joy, Reese and Wren… for a boy: Kai, Rhett and Blake.

Haili73 Says:

October 25th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I have the middle name Christine. I’m Michaila Christine, because I was born 15 days before Christmas and my dad’s name is Michael. I love it!

One middle name I want to find a place for but haven’t found a first name for yet is Belle. I love Belle, but hate Isabelle, Clarabelle…any of those names. I used to like Christabelle.:) Right now I’m thinking Liora Belle. I also love the name Briar for a boy or girl. Thomas, Therese… the only filler middle name I like is Rose, and it goes with Calista Rose (my Belle character in a Beauty and the Beast retelling) and Briallen Rose.

I also love Lyric but would never use it as a first name. Ross is also a family name, a maiden name on my mom’s side, and Elijah Ross has a lovely ring to it. Xavier is a little bit out there, but as a middle to Spencer, it’s perfect. I’m not a fan of Greer or alliterative names, but Gabriel Greer is just so…perfect. True and Genuine (boy and girl, Gen for short) are guilty pleasures of mine, but they might work as middle names.

TheFutureMrsB Says:

December 20th, 2012 at 6:21 am

I was given the filler mn of Elizabeth which my Catholic grandmother found some retroactive reason for why she picked it. St. Elizabeth (patron saint of dying children) is now why she claims it’s importance since my twin brother was stillborn and I was having serious issues (that she didn’t know about) during my birth. I’d rather think of it as a filler since that’s what it was picked as.
My brother has the filler of Alexander picked for filler reasons. However both my half sisters have beautiful middles, Snow and Elyse respectively. I get jealous quite often.
Despite my hatred of the filler Elizabeth I’m keeping it when I get married and dropping my ln because despite the uniqueness I like to distance myself from my family. So I will have two common names (Elizabeth and Baker). Yay for anonymity!

Vickster Says:

March 25th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I like common middle names, but they need to have a special meaning for me.

My middle name is Marie, but that’s because Mom wanted to partially name me after her sister. Mom originally wanted to give me a first name starting with P, but Dad told her that would give me the initials PMS. Thank you Daddy!

Coolcombination Says:

March 26th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Mine is Louise. I’m Amy Louise which is the most common combination ever. My last name is common too.
Every Amy I’ve met has been Amy Louise except one. And two of the Amy Louise’s that I know have the same first/middle and last names 🙁

sarahmezz Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 9:24 pm

My middle name is Elizabeth, which I love. My parents chose it as a filler because they thought it matched well with my first name of Sarah. There’s really no significance, but I do share Elizabeth as a middle name with my great grandmother (although my mum claims this is not why she chose it). I’ll probably pass it on to my future daughter. I’d even choose it as a first name if my husband didn’t hate it so much! NB: Elizabeth is the name of a not-very-nice suburb near where we live, which is why my husband hates the name.

iwillpraise Says:

June 24th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Like similar commenters above, strangely if it were up to me, I would not have chosen my name, Kimberly Jean, but the truth is, with each passing year I adore it more and more! How is that? Lol. It is actually effecting my thoughts for mn options for future girls!

My mom often called me Kimmie Jean growing up, and growing beyond the irritation that it once was, has actually become a source of endearment for me. She always loved that I wasn’t a Kimberly Ann or Kimberly Marie. I was supposedly named Jean after a lady in the church and, as an extra bonus, Jean was mom’s L&D nurse. However, when I was about 10, I realized that my brother and I shared the same initials. Clever, Mom, clever. Upon further “investigation” I’ve realized that she was unknowingly on to something: my name Jean comes from John, which is my brother’s middle and my Dad and Grandpa’s first name! I love it!! And her mn is June 🙂

I’ve put so much thought into middles for my future children (I don’t think I’ll have 4, but I’ve picked 2 for each gender). Flow, syllable and meaning must be considered. I like classics from previous generations- Patrick, Nicholas and (just like Jean- a mid-century staple) Susanna and Clarice for girls. Who has those?? (Addie Sue, anyone?) The only one my husband likes is Patrick. He randomly wants Gerhart instead of Nicholas and just wants us to use Rose for a daughter…. um, no. But I guess we have a few years yet to decide! 😉

CandaceMarie321 Says:

July 26th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Although my mn is the very common “Marie” I love it. Marie was my Mormor’s name so it has always carried great significance to me. It is also my MIL middle name so I am seriously considering it as a first name if I have a daughter. I love that it would connect her to my Mormor, her Grandma, and me! My sons all have family names for middle names.

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