Question of the Week: What’s Your Middle Name?
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That’s a good guess, @randypaint, but you’re actually going to want to bet on the Maries, as that’s been the most popular middle name for girls in the US since the 1970s (Brit Berries, your top middle name is Louise).? ? As for the boys — Michael held the title since the 1980s (when it was also the most popular *first* name), but was usurped by James around 2010.? ? What’s your middle name?
Our followers are telling us all about their middle name armies, from the brigades that could take over the world — Marie, Nicole, Louise, and of course, Elizabeth — to the unique armies of one, such as Peregrine, Sian, and Hali.
Today we wanted to pose the question officially: What is your middle name?
Is it one of the Top Middle Names of the past century, detailed in our new list? Does it honor someone, or express something, or is it just….there?
How do you feel about your middle name?
What are your children’s middle names?
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on May 26th, 2020 at 6:34 am
My middle name is Elizabeth.
on May 26th, 2020 at 6:38 am
My middle name is Maria. My mother also has that as a middle name, and Maria itself is an variation of my great-grand mother’s name, Mary. Maria is my daughter’s second middle name, cause i love the idea of three generations of women wearing it.
on May 26th, 2020 at 6:48 am
My middle name is Ada, it’s been interesting to see it rise in popularity recently, my parents picked it since they bonded over programming and thought that Ada Lovelace would be a good role model.
on May 26th, 2020 at 8:31 am
My middle name is Elizabeth too. While I like it as a name and it flows well with my first name, I do wish it wasn’t so popular. My littles have Tait, Jeannette, and Wren for middle names.
on May 26th, 2020 at 10:07 am
I don’t have a middle name, but I would love to choose one- it’s just a lot harder naming yourself and working with a set first and last name.
on May 26th, 2020 at 10:43 am
Mine is Kristen, which I don’t mind, although it does slightly annoy me that all “K” names seem to be frowned on these days thanks to the Kardashians (at least in some circles). My younger sister’s middle name is Dawn.
on May 26th, 2020 at 11:17 am
My middle name is Leo, which I chose to honor my granny Lena.
My birth middle name was Angelle (Ahun-jzell), and was not my style and mis-pronounced by everyone.
Pamela Redmond Said
on May 26th, 2020 at 11:47 am
Ann! It was the name of my mothers’ best friend and also of course one of the traditional middle names that makes a simple bridge between the first and the last. But so boring!!
Sophie Kihm Said
on May 26th, 2020 at 12:01 pm
Mine’s Louise — there are two very distant family members (on both sides) with the name, so my parents argued it was an honor name, but I think they just liked how it flowed!
on May 26th, 2020 at 3:05 pm
Gwinn. It was my grandmother’s maiden name. I vividly remember my second grade teacher attempting to dock points from an assignment where we had to write our full names. Are you SURE it’s spelled like this? Um, yes, Mrs. W, I am absolutely sure how to spell my own name. I was the shyest kid ever, but I would stand my ground for full credit! I love my name and that it has a connection to my grandma.
on May 26th, 2020 at 5:20 pm
My middle name is Teresa (the same as my mom’s middle name). It feels quite old on me (I’m 24) but it flows nicely with my one-syllable first name, Anne.
Yes hild Said
on May 27th, 2020 at 12:30 am
Marie and I have like 8 friends with the same it’s crazy popular
on May 27th, 2020 at 6:18 am
My middle name is Olivia, which is really popular as a first name but I’m glad I wasn’t just given a filler middle. It’s also one of my mum’s middle names and my auntie’s first name (my grandparents just really like Olivia!). Both of my sisters and one of my cousins has since gotten it as a middle name too and if I have a daughter I’d like to carry on the tradition.
on May 27th, 2020 at 10:21 pm
My mother didn’t give me a middle name, because she hated her own (Motzveldt, my Norwegian grandmother’s maiden name). When I was in 3rd grade I decided I wanted a middle name, so I tried all kinds of names. Eventually I settled on my mother’s first name, but spelled it the way she had in high school — Elayne. Since my American grandmother was Helen, it tied in there too. My niece is Alexandra Elaine, spelled the way my mother’s name is actually spelled.
I named my daughter after my two great-grandmothers, both of whom I’d known — Sofie-Katarine and Maria Louisa — so my daughter is Caitlin Louisa.
When my son was born, I’d picked out Thomas Benjamin — but we ended up calling him Thomas Caleb instead.
on May 28th, 2020 at 2:21 am
I’m in the Elisabeth club, but with an “S” instead of a “Z” because my mother wanted to make sure I couldn’t be called Lizzie as she had a hated babysitter as a child by that name.
My kiddos middles are Maurine, Christopher, Gwenayra, Edmund, and Ione, all honoring grandparents or great grandparents.
on May 28th, 2020 at 3:00 am
My middle name is Anise (uh-NEES, not ANN-iss). I’m not crazy about it, but it’s not awful. My mom just always thought that it sounded really pretty and decided to use it as my middle name.
on May 28th, 2020 at 8:48 am
My middle name is Susanne, after my great-grandmother. (My FN is from one of my other great-grandmothers.)
Since she was German, she pronounced the final vowel; mine is pronounced like Suzanne. But I love that my parents kept the original spelling, and that they chose a meaningful, unusual middle. Coincidentally, my mom goes by Sue, so I like that unintentional connection too.
For a long time, my favorite name for a girl has been Susanna, influenced chiefly by my own MN.
on May 28th, 2020 at 9:12 am
Don. I love it, but I don’t think I’ve ever met another woman with the same middle name. Or if I have, they didn’t spell it the same. I’d definitely consider using it for a first or middle if I ever have a daughter.
I’m the third person in my family to have it as a middle. It comes from Donatella.
on May 28th, 2020 at 11:42 am
Karin Astrid (Amanda)
Karin after my grandmother
Astrid after my great grandmother
Amanda – My first name
on May 28th, 2020 at 3:47 pm
My middle name is Marie. My mom’s middle is Marie, my grandma’s middle is Marie, and my great-grandma’s first name is Marie. You can imagine the talking-to I received when I named my daughter Rosalie Lyra. But when I grew up surrounded by other kids whose middle name was also Marie, it just didn’t seem very meaningful anymore! Pair it with my first, Emily, in the 90s… I’m pretty sure there are thousands of Emily Maries on the brink of turning 30. I wanted something more unique for my daughter.
on May 28th, 2020 at 4:43 pm
Andrea, after my maternal grandmother. I love it for its uniqueness and love sharing a name with her.
on May 28th, 2020 at 5:27 pm
Joanne – my Farther is John and Joanne is a female Variation.
My Children’s middles are:
I love their names all chosen with great care for meaning and significance.
on May 29th, 2020 at 2:15 am
Mine is Kaylor. When I was younger, people would mishear it as “Taylor,” so I’ve grown used to saying it with an over pronounced “K” sound. My mother chose it because she wanted the middle initial K, but was having a difficult time finding another K name she liked apart from my sister’s middle name which also begins with K. Eventually, she found the name Kaylor in one of her old yearbooks as someone’s surname and liked it enough (and more than other girl K names) to give it to me. It’s unique and weird and I’ve definitely never met anyone with the name, first-middle-last or otherwise.
on May 29th, 2020 at 7:27 am
My middle name is also Elizabeth!
on May 29th, 2020 at 7:31 am
My middle name is Rebecca. My mum knew someone who was Lucy Rebecca and liked the sound of it, so named me that too! I like it as it is familiar but not overly popular.
on May 30th, 2020 at 12:16 am
My middle name is Ellen, it was my great grandmother’s middle name from 1917 and it was her grandmother’s middle name from 1859.
I like the connection it gives me to them and it made my Grams super happy! My daughter’s middle is Ione(eye-own) after her great grandmother.
on May 30th, 2020 at 2:17 pm
Bridget! My parents were going to have it as my first name, but decided against (embarrassing initials). However, I strongly prefer it to my first name.
on May 31st, 2020 at 10:58 pm
Julia 🙂 I love it, and think it’s so elegant. I was named for a great grandmother.
on June 1st, 2020 at 10:46 pm
My middle name is Caroline and I love it! Would definitely consider using it as a first or middle name for a future child
on July 7th, 2020 at 8:23 am
@superllama my sister’s name is Kaylor!
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