What Are Your Grandparents’ Names?

Do you want to share that with the class, Sarah?

Sarahmezz’s thread in the forums, which asksย What are your grandparents’ names?, sounded like an intriguing one to put to the Nameberry community.

Indeed, the question has been asked before, but never as our official Question of the Week.

So please let us know your grandparents’ names, your great-grandparents’ names, and which you’d pass on to the next generation.

I’ll start! My maternal grandmother was Bridget Agnes, grandfather William, paternal grandmother Mary Eugenia and grandfather Joseph Owen.

My sons are named Joseph and Owen, so both those names made it to the next generation.

Growing up I thought the names Agnes and Eugenia were horrible, Mary was boring, and the name my grandmother called herself, Bea, hopelessly old-fashioned!

Today I would definitely use Bridget, Agnes, Eugenia, and/or Bea. Maybe MY grandchildren will get those names!

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linda Says:

February 12th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

My only interesting one is paternal grandfather Kalman.

apple511 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:21 am

I have five grandparents on my mother’s side (mother’s birth parents, adoptive parents, and step-mother). I don’t know her birth father’s name, but her birth mother is named Margaret. Her adoptive parents are Angeline and Richard, and her step-mother is Effie.

My father’s parents are Norma and Richard.

I’m seriously considering using Richard as a middle name for a future son. But there is a name on my dad’s side, Alden, that has been passed down since Mayflower times (we’re descended from John Alden), and I’d like to keep that name in the family.

evergreen Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:26 am

Magdalen Bridget Anne and Thomas Robert. On the other side, Dianne Rosalie and Francis Barry. My brother has Francis as a middle name and I was given Dianne as a middle name at birth. I recently changed me last name legally as I wanted to take my Mother’s maiden name, so at the same time I took Francis as a third name to honor my Grandfather. I love Magdalen and would definitely consider it as a middle, as I would with Bridget. As for great Grandparents Mary Anne and Charles (Charlie) and on the other side Francis (Frank) and Jessie Edna (went by Edna). I would consider using Edna as she was such a fantastic woman who I adored, Jessie was given to my sister as a middle name I would also use it. I would also use Charlie and Francis as middles ๐Ÿ™‚

leonielee Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:28 am

Grandparents: Virginia Lee, James Philip, Brenda Susan and Robert (not sure on middle.)

Great Grandparents: Clyde (love!), Buelah, Melvin (though he wasn’t strictly my biological great grandfather, his name was John), Lois, James Monroe, Grace, Virgil Talmage and Lavern Amore.

I’ve always loved Clyde and thought my great grandma Lavern’s middle name was very interesting. Virginia is also growing on me. I always thought I’d for sure name my first son James Robert but hubby has vetoed both names, sadly.

clairels Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:39 am

One grandpa is Harry Ralph. Thus, my brother ended up with the middle name Harry, which we were surprised to find has become surprisingly fashionable, though my grandpa still doesn’t think so. I’m already planning to use Rafe as a middle for a future son.

I found out recently that one grandma’s middle name is Luella, which I never knew–it’s sort of started to grow on me. I also have a great-grandma Malvina. Yeah, my thoughts exactly.

JellyfishMama Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:40 am

Mine were Anne (Nan) and William (Bill) and Esther and L G. (Just the initials!) My husband’s were Dorothy and George, Berta and Ralph.

We were pretty much avoiding family names, but I confess I like Anne, William, Dorothy and George. Especially Dorothy. ๐Ÿ™‚

inkonherfingers Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:41 am

-Frederick William
-Wilma Oveta
-John Michael
-Dorothy Ann

-Herbert Weslie
-Margaret Fern
-Haskle Dennis
-Elvia May
-Frank Stanislav
-Edward Theodore
-Thresia Mary Ann (pronounced Teresa)

My favourite combo is Margaret Fern, but the only name I would consider using simply because it’s a family name is Dorothy, as a middle. Both Balvina and Thresia are beautiful, but as I didn’t know them, I wouldn’t use them strictly as family names.

Ainscough Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:42 am

My husbands grandmother was Florence, and our almost one year old daughter is Florence, not just after her great grandmother, but, also because we loved it as a name. Her great grandmother was called Flo, but, we mostly call our daughter Florrie.
Other grandparent names for us were: George, Robert, John, Edward and Nora, May and Catherine.

wanderlux Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:43 am

My grandparets on my father’s side are Kenneth and Barbara. I would use Kenneth as a middle name, but Barbara is not my style, as much as I love old fashioned names.
My maternal grandparents are Shirley and Patrick. I would never use Shirley, but Patrick is nice. It’s a family name, I have a cousin Patrick as well as an Aunt Patricia.

rowangreeneyes Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:47 am

I’m not really close to any of my family so I don’t have middles or anything but my grandparents were John Charles (he went by Charlie I believe) & Jean (she went by Pinky her entire life) and Katharine & Frank.

My great grandparents were Ruby & John (Jack) and William & Nona who were Welsh immigrants that moved to the US when my grandmother was 8 or so. I very much admire their naming style, it seemed pretty edgy for the 1920’s.

frustratedauthor Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:50 am

Howard Blaine (always went by Blaine)
Gail (no middle)
William Arthur (went by Art)
Delma Folus

Great Grandparents
William Wallace
Zona May
Bert Walker

I love William and Emma, but they’re too popular for my tastes. I think Zona and Hattie are charming, but I’m not sure I’d use them. Blaine is used quite a bit in my family, but I’d consider it for a middle. And Walker would make a nice middle.

IsabelleMarie Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:52 am

Jacques Cyril
Anne Lizzie
Guy Clency
Marie-Therese Cecilia

The only names I would use would be Anne & Cecilia

auroradawn Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:53 am

Good question! Especially since I’ve been thinking about it lately.

Grandparents: Donald James, Diedra, Thomas Nelson and Janet Marie.

Great-grandparents: Theodore “Ted,” Mildred, Christian, Katherine “Katie,” Alfred, Viola, and another Viola (both great-grandmas on my dad’s side!)

My great-grands definitely had the better name set, although I love James and have it as a first name in my Top Five. I currently have Christian in my Top Five as a middle name. I’d consider using Theodore, Katherine and Alfred as middles, and Viola as a first or middle. Growing up, I didn’t like the name, but now I’m falling in love with it. However, I will not be using Mildred. Sorry, Great-grandma.

TheNameFreak Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:54 am

my maternal grandparents are Maxine Joyce and Eugene Ray. my paternal grandparents are Elsie Irene and Wesley Elvin. my mom, me and my daughter all have the middle name Joyce, so i hope that name continues to be carried down. my daughter’s first name is Rachel, and sometimes she’s called Ray Ray, so i feel like my maternal side is covered pretty well. if we were to have a second daughter, her middle name would be Irene. and i have always loved the name Wesley Eugene, but we are not having any more children so it’s not going to happen. i love grandparents names!

auroradawn Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:56 am

William Wallace, frustratedauthor? Cool!

helloheidi Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:03 am

John David
Theresa Rose
Robert (I don’t know his middle name)
Sharon Leigh

Olivia (she has gone by Olive her entire life.)
Amelia (she had a twin sister named Amalia!)

Justmelea Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:04 am


Alice Beatrice
James Expedit (Expedit was a saint name)

Wilbur Chauncy
Ina Mae

Great Grandparents
Claude Ray
Ollie Mae

Aaron Clarence
Belen Rosa (anglicized to Blanche *yuck!*)

Maurice (pronounced “Morris”)

Maurice (also pronounced Morris!)

Some interesting Aunts-
Romanita nn. Monna
Ursula nn. Lala

NellieDellie Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:06 am

Jennifer Anne, Lee (can’t remeber his middle name), David William, and Mary Elizabeth.

I would use William and Elizabeth as middle names, especially since they are my parents middle names as well. I have also considered Rosemary for Mary.

Arlina Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:11 am

I have an abundance of grandparents including –
Mary Rose
Moya Elaine
Norman Arthur
Peter Paul
John Blythe

And the only great grandparents I know are Doreen and Stanley

I love rose and blythe as middle names and my sister gave her daughter Ellen as one of her middle names but I cant see any others being carried down to the next generation – definitely not by me anyways, maybe my cousins will surprise me!!

Im actually a bit superstitious about passing names on, I love my family deeply but there are too many qualities Im hoping not to pass on!

rgp19 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:30 am

Rafael and Socorro
Fabio and Fabiola (paternal)

Great Grandparents:
Bruna and Miguel
Felicitas and Diego
Luisa and Misuel
and my grandmother’s parents, I have no idea.
I want to say Rosalinda for my great grandmother.
The names I would use are Luisa(Louisa), Rafael, and Diego

Viviana Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:31 am

My grandparents first names are Katalin (called Kati, which is said like Kotty), Sandor (called Shonny, I don’t know how he spells his nn), Celia and John.

AmelieAmour Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:32 am

Julia Ann (went by Judy for most of her life)
Harry Milton
Genevieve Irene
Robert Bailey

The only great-grandparent’s name I know is Emma Arbelle, I love Emma but have decided not to use it due it’s popularity.

I would also consider using a variant of Julia (most likely Giuliana) or Ann (either Anouk or Anais) not because i was particularly close to my grandmother, but instead to honor my mother’s side of the family.

maddiejadore Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:46 am

Grandparents: Colleen, Charles, Robert, Shirkey
Step grandparents: Carole, David
Great Grandparents: Eather, Paul, Bonita, Jospeh, I can’t remember the rest, I’ve never met them.
Charles and Robert have already been used, Colleen and Shirley I’m not sure of. But I like Joseph. Apparently he was a well liked guy.

sarahmezz Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:46 am

Hehe, that’s me! My grandparents are:

Antonius Wilhelm & Margaret Mary
Roy (no middle name) & Audrey Irene

I would love to honour my grandmother, Audrey. At the moment, I’m toying with the name Audrey Elizabeth for my first daughter (hubby I will be TTC from this April onwards). It also helps that my husband loves the name Audrey! I would also consider using Roy (as a first or middle name name) or Wilhelm (as a middle name), but my husband’s not too keen on those! My other grandmother has already been honoured by two of my cousins’ children – Elsa Margaret and Amelia Mary.

sarahmezz Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:49 am

And you might as well know my great grandparents’ names too! There’s actually a few gems there (I particularly love Dorothea May), although the only one I knew personally was Esther Elizabeth (Elizabeth is also my middle name).

Reinhold Friedrich & Anna (no middle name)
William (unknown middle) & Margaret Mary
Thomas Leigh & Dorothea May
Stanley William & Esther Elizabeth

dresdendoll Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:50 am

Bradford Griswold
Marjorie Elizabeth
Petrus Johannes
Adriana Maria

flair Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:12 am

Sylvia Warren

grackym Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:29 am

Maternal grandparents: Yvonne Frances and Alwyn Roy
Paternal grandparents: Melvie Illeen (like Eileen) and Kevin Wayne

Maternal great-grandparents: Owen and Gwen
Paternal great-grandparents: Matilda and Lindsay Wayne
” “: Lila Amy and Steve
My sisters name is Matilda, and I would totally use Lila!

StasMarie Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:31 am

Marjorie Louise
Terry Malcolm (Super Scottish!)
Jacqueline Fern
Donald James, SR.

Great Grandparents
Margaret Adeline
George Louis
Roxanne Mae
William Albert
Ann Veronica
Mabel Edrie
John David

I definitely want to use Louise for a girl or Louis for a boy. Maybe Margot instead of Marjorie. I was really close to my maternal grandma, so I want to honor her, and pass on a part of her to my children. Other than that, I like Marcel, but more because of who my grandfather was rather than the name. I would like to use a different version or similar sounding name.

LisaJenise Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:32 am

My grandparents were:
Ronald Evan
Pansy Marie (called Marie)
Virginia Vee
Laurence Alton (called Lauren)

My great grandparents were:
John Justice
Margaret Teresa
John William M
Cleo (no middle)
Emma Blanche
Frances Victoria
Clara Hicks
Roy Ernest

I would use Evan, Virginia, John, Justice, Emma, Frances, and Victoria.

LadyVanRaven Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 3:01 am

I definitely have some awesome and unusual names in my family ๐Ÿ™‚
Iโ€™ve traced back two of my family lines to well into the 1500s and a third into the 1700s.

My grandparents:

David (unknown middle) – Paternal
Della Irene Faye- Paternal
Elaine Rose- Maternal
Lloyd George Joseph- Maternal

My great-grandparents:
Roscoe (unknown middle)- Dellaโ€™s father
Hallie Emma- Dellaโ€™s mother
Monica (unknown middle) โ€“ Lloydโ€™s mother
George Roger- Lloydโ€™s father
Lillian (no middle)- Elaineโ€™s mother
Herbert (unknown middle)- Elaineโ€™s father

Other interesting ones I have found (wayyyy back in my family lines, all from ancestors of mine between 1500 and the 1940s):
Christina Mathilda
Clara May
Genevieve (at least 2 of them)
Honore (male)
Basile (French form of Basil, at least 2 of them)
Gwilllaume (Some kind of French 1500s version of William, at least 3 of them)
Japan (Some kind of early French (?) 1500s name)
Joachim (2 of them)
Vincent Hedge
Jane Epsebah
Myra Belle

Brynie Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 3:04 am

Grand parents:

Robert James

Great grandparents:


I would use Ruby, Alice and Arthur but I would probably use a variation such as Rubetta or Alison ๐Ÿ™‚

Westfall620 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 3:28 am

Debra Denise
Marion Oscar
Cheryl Lynn
Sue (went by Sue not sure of her real name)

Elsie Marjorie
Harry Eugene

I plan to use a derivation of Elsie and Eugene as a middle name. But John & Harold were passed down onto my brother.

TheFutureMrsB Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:01 am

Paternal great grandparents:
Helen (unknown middle name)
Robert Franklin
Virginia (unknown middle)
Glen (unknown middle)

Paternal grandparents:
Arlene Adel (a-dell), daughter of Virginia and Glen
Robert William I, son of Robert and Helen

Father: Robert William II

Maternal great grandparents:
Agnes (unknown middle)
Walter (unknown middle)
William Churchill
Stella (no middle name)

Maternal grandparents:
Walter Anthony, son of Agnes and Walter
Phyllis (no middle name), daughter of Stella and William

Mother: Roxanna Dawn

The only names I would consider are Anthony, Robert or William.

N3011 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:11 am

Mothers side
Patricia Ann

Fathers side
Ella Jane

Great grandparents

Jennai Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:16 am


Heinz (well, Heinrich)

Sjwatson Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:17 am

Patricia Vaughan and Walter Henry (always known as Peter)
Muriel Rose and Edward Henry Thomas

Dulcie Olive and Francis James
Muriel Emily and Walter Peter
Stella Jane and Herbert Taylor
Frances Mackenzie and Edward Robert

One of my daughters has Rose from my granmother as her mn.
My son is Harry which is a pet form of Henry from my grandfather and his
mn is Edward from my father, grandfather and great grandfather.
I also love Stella, Dulcie, Olive and Walter.

bluegirl Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:19 am

My paternal grandparents are Mary Angelina and Ernest (my father’s name). I believe Angelina is my great-grandmother’s name; I don’t know my great-grandfather’s. The others are Angelina (coincidence, I think: Ukrainian and Italian, respectively) and Joseph.
My maternal grandparents are Anna and Paul; her parents were Bertha and Anton; his parents were John and I think Anna.

I would be inclined to use Angelina or Anna.

alp249 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:21 am

William Edward
Joyce LeRhone

James Robert
Jane Elizabeth


Chester (Chet)



name-obsession Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:26 am

So many great names out there!
Patricia May (Pat)
Lester Earl (Les)

Joan Claire
(the late) Harold Wallace (Wally)

I know very little about my great grandparents, as they all died before I was born. I do know Joan’s mother was Bertha, which she hated. She went by Bea. I’ll have to ask about the others later…
I would use Patricia or Claire in the middle. And I love the nickname Bea. ๐Ÿ™‚

illyria Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:35 am

Maternal: Leila and Edward
Paternal: Ann and Edward

pam Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:51 am

What wonderful names! It’s like waking up and finding a bouquet in my computer! Keep them coming….

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:06 am

Henriette & Gรผnther
Inga & Wilfried (Fred)

Martha & …
Rebecca (Berta) & Wilhelm
Berta & Adolf
Greta & Walter

(all German)

My sister was named after grandma Henriette because she is the most kind person that ever lived. I’d like to give her name as a middle to my daughter as well one day.

Great Grandpa Adolf was probably born around the same time Hitler was born, it was just a very common name in Germany and Austria (Hitler was Austrian)

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:07 am

Forgot to add the middle names I know:

Henriette Johanne & Gรผnther Johannes

goldielocks Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:09 am

Alison (Aly) Elizabeth and Herbert Stanley
Violet Lucy and William Henry

Alice Eliza Mary and Leonard John
Ivy Elizabeth and Vernon Stanley
Florence Margaret and Arthur William
Euphemia Evangeline and Theodore Alfred

I also know that one set of Great-Great-Grandparents were Lila Prudence and Edmund Reginald. I’m named after Great-Great-Grandma Lila, which I think is lovely. All in all, my grandparents, had and have lovely names. Euphemia Evangeline is the only one that would be completely out of place today I believe!

chellemma1 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:19 am

My maternal grandparents are Robert Campbell Gilmour (Bob) and Catherine June (June).
I don’t really like Robert but I would use Robbie. I think Gilmour (pron. GIL-mer) is interesting and I might use it as a middle name. I love Campbell and would definitely consider using it. I also love Catherine and for ages it was going o be the name of my first daughter – I might still use it. I think June is really nice and I may use it as a middle name if my daughter was born in June (my granny was born in June which is where she got the name).
My paternal Grandparents were Jessie Gilles and William John (Wille). I think Jessie is really cute and it is the sort of name that is becoming more popular here (in Scotland) and I might consider using it. Gilles could be a cool middle name. I have a half brother named William John (Willie-John when he was a wee boy, now Will) and that would stop me from using William but I really like John and may use that.
My great grandparents were Mary, Donald (Donnie), Jane Ellen (Nelly), David, Douglas, Margaret, Robert and Mary Alexandra (I think she maybe went be both names.
A lot of other members of my family have these names already but the ones I’d maybe use are Douglas and Alexandra. I would also use David as a middle name. I might also consider using Nellie, especially since these old fashioned nicknamey names are all the rage her at the moment – I’ve still not met a baby Nellie though.

M2Mom Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:33 am

I like all but one of mine:
John Joseph (Jack)
Helen Ann

Gertrude Rose
Thomas William

Now I wish I used Ann(e) for my daughter. I really didn’t consider family names while pregnant. I almost used Rose as a first but it doesnt sound ideal with my last name. I have two girls but love both my grandfathers’ names.

iamktchristie Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:37 am

My grand parents names on my fathers side are/were Bridget Maureen (known as Bridie) and James Bartholomew (known as Bertie).
On my mother’s side their names were Nora Anne (known as Noreen) and Edward Patrick (known as Eddie).
James is an established family name, it was also my great-grandfathers name, as it is now my father and brothers name (this brother’s middle name is Edward for the other grandfather).
My other brother (Emmett) has the middle name Bartholomew and my sister has the middle name Bridget. I have several cousins who are also named to honor our grandparents.
I was also given a family name but not from my grandparents.
I love the name James, and would use it in a heartbeat but I feel like it’s a name that belongs to my brother’s future son. I like the name Edward but would possibly use an alternative version like Eddard instead, due to the association with Twilight. Nora is a name I’ve gone back and forth on, I like it, but I don’t think I’d use it.

nownownow Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:48 am

My grandparents were

Lloyd Homer
Margaret Helen

Mary Jane (nn Bea)
George Russell (nn Russ)

I love Lloyd Homer, but we’ve already decided on Alvin for our little boy. I like Russell a bit and it has become somewhat of a family name, with Rusty used most often as a nickname. But it’s not for me.

Chas Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:49 am

Paternal Grandparents:
Rayola Jean and William Aurel (Bill).

Rayola is a name used on a couple of women where I’m from but I’ve never heard it elsewhere, has anyone else? I wouldn’t use it as a first name but I would give it to my daughter as a middle name or in the form of “Ray” I do like the name William and Aurel is interesting.

Maternal Grandparents:
Irene Lucy and Simeon Ulysses.

The name Irene is growing on me and one of my cousin’s daughters has it as a middle. I prefer Lucille to Lucy. Ulysses is such an interesting middle name but would be a lot for a child to bear!

Great grandparents, some of them I can remember:

Aletha (also have a great aunt on the other side named Alethea)
Charles Leander

I love the names Charles (or Charlie) and Leander, Augustine. Aletha is growing on me but I prefer Althea. I love the meaning of the name but not sure how much I like the name itself.

Leyna Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:53 am

My grandparents are Juanita Mae & Eugene Gerald, John Dennis and violet Louise.

I have two daughters. My younger has the middle name Mae after my paternal grandmother. My oldest is named after her fathers grandfather. His name was Brooks. So, we made her middle name Brook. These were the grandparents that their father an I were closest with so these are very special names. It’s pretty neat for them to know they were named after such important people. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also love Violet and it goes with the flower name of my youngest, Lily. I like Louise too but would probably never use it. As far as grandfathers go, I don’t see myself using any of those names. Maybe Eugene / Gene as a middle (like my father was named).

imperioustigerlily Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:55 am

Maternal grandparents are: Debra Lucille (now married to Daryl) and Homer Lloyd

Maternal great-grandparents are: Hattie Lucille and Randell Bawly, then Mary Bell and Walter Lee

Paternal grandparents are: Linda Gail (now married to Gary) and Clarence Adren (was married to Diane, who passed)

Paternal great-grandparents are: Adeline, Shorty (don’t really know his real name), Goldie Everly, and Joe

imperioustigerlily Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:57 am

I forgot this part. I would definitely use Lucille, Homer, Hattie, Bell, Walter, Lee, Adeline, Goldie, and Everly

zaelia Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:57 am

My Grandparents names are:
Alphanso Axel (Al)
Mary Catherine (Catherine)
Oliver Robert (Bob)
Dorthy Jean (Peg)

The girls names were not my style so it was lucky we had boys! We have an Oliver and my other son’s middle name is Axel. The others I am okay not using.

Samantha-Bianca Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Joan Maureen (Her mother: Elsie Isabelle)
Barry David

Kevin Ernest
Beryl Caroline

I would love the opportunity to use Joan and Caroline as middle names. I’ve always thought Joan a strong name (my grandmother hates it). I have come to really like Caroline as a middle name. In fact, it would have been nice as my daughter’s middle name. Had I made that decision on my own, I might have used it as Beryl Caroline passed when I was pregnant with my daughter Bianca.

LizabethM Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:06 am

Paternal Grandparents: David and Adele
Maternal Grandparents: Richard and Rose
Paternal G-Grandparents: Florence, Rudolf, George, Margaret
Maternal G-Grandparents: Edward, Catherine, Josef, and Josefine

Maternal Grandparents: Pearl and Benjamin
Maternal G-Grandparents: Rose, Samuel, Anna, and William

Some great(-great) aunts and uncles: Agnes, Martin, Henrietta, Evelyn, Ernest, Henry, Cora, Phoebe, Myra, Douglas, Ethel, Carroll (male)

Farther back: Phillinda, Lydia, Reuben, Bridget, Susanna, Ralph, a million Margarets, Ethel, Virginia, Edgar (love this one), Theodore, Henschen, Bessie, Albert, and Francis Udora “Dora”

sophiekihm Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:08 am

Maternal: Virginia Sue and David Paul
Paternal: Pamela Jeanne, Walter Herbert, and Audrey Jean

Great Grandparents: Jane, Robert, Ruth, Charles (Charlie), Leona, George, Walter, Irene.

Chas Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:13 am

There are also Melissa Orpha (Lissie) and Vernon (Bun). As well as Robbie and Robert Etienne. Charles Leander, they called Peter for some reason. There are an Adam and a Moses and a Lena too.

nyklecrane Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:20 am

Grandparents –

Great-grandparents –

Great-great-grandparents –

littlemissmariss Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:25 am

one set of grandparents grandparents both have beautiful names, both are classic of their time. I plan on honoring both of them through their surname, Nicastro ๐Ÿ™‚ One grandfather was named Romeo, and I think in a way I’m honoring in having Roman on my list. I thought about using Richard after my grandfather, my uncle, and my dad. My step grandfather has a very usable surname as well, Gregoire. I’ve considered that too :)I’ve also considered using my grandma’s sisters name, Charlotte. Or her brother Charles’s name ๐Ÿ™‚

JadeRain Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:29 am


Great Grandparents

I have Frances as a middle, and my brother has Anthony.

I was considering Diana as a middle for a girl, but it’s a boy!

VirginiaLark Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:40 am

William Ned “Ned”
Wanda (no middle)
Leo Jack “Jack”
Mary Elizabeth

Great grandparents:
Perry G (Glen?)
Minnie Lee
Gerhard Johann
Anna Harder
Lewis Nelson
Maudie Mae

We have considered using my grandpa’s name, Ned, for future children, but that is the only one.

My husband’s grandparents are:
Consuelo “Ely”
Billy B (just the initial)

smarieward Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:01 am

Grandparents: Thomas Edward, Annie Evelyn, James David, Joyce Arlene

Great Grandparents: Forrest Arden, Ida Caroline, John Morgan, Mary Nevada

(Don’t know my paternal great grandparents names)

More than half are currently in use (first or middle) but I did consider Arlene, Arden, and Caroline for middles for my daughters.

WaitingforTwins Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:10 am


It looks like 3 of those names are making a comeback! Not sure if Arnold is going to catch on, though.

sweetpeace13 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:14 am

My grandmother is Judith Ann if I ever have a girl she will be Adeline Judith. I really really wanted to name our son Judah but my DH vetoed. My grandfather is Darrell Louis. On the bio dads side they are Josefine and Tommie. Stepdads mother is Barbara Kaye. My son received my husband and his fathers names. They are both David Nils. My son is Nils David.

sweetpeace13 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:15 am

Great Grand Parents on my moms side are Evelyn May and Heinrich Harold (Henry). If my son had been a girl he would have been Lorelei Evelyn and I love Henry but my cousin used it!

Milomamma Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:18 am

Grandmothers – Franklyn Jean and Kathryn KEDDY
Grandfathers – John FISHER and Burns WALTER

We considered using Fisher for our son, but my brother has laid claim to that for his son. If we have a girl next we will be using my great grandmother’s name – Hazel.

chelseamae Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:23 am

Grandparents are Mary, Robert, Beverly and David

Great Grandparents are Ida Mae, Francis/Frank, Inez, Delores, Robert

I adore the name combo Prudence Inez and could also see myself using Beverly as a middle name.

niteowl13 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:26 am

Mine are pretty boring or the ones that I like are already in use. Plus, my mother was adopted so we only know her real mother since she was adopted into her family.

Joan and James (Jim)/Barbara and Martin, “real” grandmother, Frances (Fran)

Jessie and John/Dorothy and Daniel

chilly9296 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:30 am

Great Grandmother: Minerva (Minnie)
Grandmother: Marlene
Her siblings: Barbara, Joyce, Elaine, Ronald, Diane
Grandfather: Thomas
His Siblings: Mildred (Millie)
Mother: Susan
Siblings: Sandra, Cheryl and Julia

Grandmother: Gemma Emilia
Siblings: Anthony, Edward
Grandfather: Carmen
Siblings: Mary, Hank, Joseph
Father: Carmen
Siblings: Joseph, Anthony, Angela

Gemma, Carmen, Anthony, and Thomas are all on my list of names although i think i would use Carmen as a girls name.

klcalder2 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:32 am

I don’t know names beyond my grandparents, but they are:

Levis and Felicitus (maternal)
Elton and Suzanne (paternal)

I do know my paternal grandmother’s full name and that’s a pretty interesting one: Suzanne Adrienne Augustine.

Dove14 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:42 am

Lavonne (went by Joan)
And a host of other step-grandmothers I never knew. My biological grandfather was married many times.

shieldsc Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:46 am

My grandparents were Beatrice, Madelyn (used for my first daughter), Thomas, and Phillip. Great-grandparents were Nellie, Olive, Bonnie, Rose, James, John, William, and Joseph.

mkmarchand Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:49 am

Helen Cecilia
Geoffery Raymond (went by Ray)
Reginald Camille (went by Reggie)
Mary Rita

islandgirl2161 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:55 am

Miriam Ruth
Clarence Alton
Alma Mae
Bonnie Lewis

John Lewis
Sadie Bellamy
Flavious (no middle name)
Katie Lewis (no relation to John Lewis)
Maddie (unknown middle name)
John (another one!)

The only ones I might consider using would be Maddie or Sadie (but my sister has claimed Maddie already). I don’t love Alma, but I do love the name Alba, which is similar and I would definitely use that. The rest are just NMS.

lindsW Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:56 am

Frank J. and Avis Clara
William (Bill) and Fonta Mae

Frank and Bessie
Gardner and Nellie
Charles and Mary May
Paul Henry and Achsah

Of these, I would use Clara, Gardner (as a mn), Charles and Henry. Achsah is probably the most obscure bibical name I’ve ever heard of Fonta otherwise.

darabelle87 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:09 am

Mine- Jerry Ray and Linda Marlynne
Eva Lou and Larry Neil
Hubby’s- William Lester and Shirley Elizabeth
Raymond Forrest and Mamie Angeline (I think)

Ray Ellis and Willa Mae
Vestal Marlin and Mary Ethel
Myrtle Elizabeth

I also know my Great-great-grandmother’s name was Zella.

I’ve thought about using Mamie, Angeline, Ellis, and Zella as a middle name for my little girl due in June. ๐Ÿ™‚

lucky1212 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:19 am

This is so fun!

My grandparents are:

Husbands Grandparents are:

My Great Grandparents:

Husbands Great Grandparents:

We are Jewish, so my cousins and I all have names that begin with the first initial of great grandparents. We were all born in the 80’s so it would have been outrageous for our parents to give us one of the actual names on the great grandparents list.

Our daughter’s name is Avery Lenore. We are expecting again and due in July. Not sure if it is a boy or girl yet, but I love the idea of using the actual family name and not just the initial. I think we have a great list to choose from.

jamee29 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:19 am

My Great Grands are:

Thomas Bernard and Lena Claire
Frank Xavier and Josephina Rose

My Grands are:

Michael and Barbara
Frank Xavier Jr. and Anna Marie

ashthedreamer Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:25 am

My grandparents:

Arlene Grace and L.B. (no names, just two initials)
Ruth Mae and John Robert

My great-grandparents:

Katherine Amelia and Earl Parker
Robena and Lester Beebe
John Russel and ______ (argh, can’t remember her name for the life of me!)
Arthur and Christy Mae

I would pass down some of them. Grace for sure will be somewhere in my first daughter’s name, and I’d love to use Jack for all the Johns in my family someday. And I’m seriously considering Catherine, as well. I am even considering Catherine Emilia, but I think I slightly prefer Catherine Eliora, so if I ever use Catherine, I’d probably use that combo. Although there’s a chance I’d use Kate/Catherine as a MN before I use Catherine as a FN. We’ll see.

ShandyJill Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:27 am

Gene Dale & Mary Jane (she went by the full fn and mn as one) . Thier parents were Annie Marion & William Race (Reese).

Bennie Frank and Gwendolyn Delora. Their parents were Frank and Sara. Dono Jacob and Clara.

Would love to use Clara, but I have 2 boys so far. Love Jane, also but that and the rest of the above listed names have been used a lot in my extended family.

Names in family tree Ive found and love are Sophia and Carson.

bcbg11 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:31 am

My Maternal Grandparents:

Bernice Lucille and Raymond Edward

My Paternal Grandparents:

Anton George and Mary Ann

My Huband’s Maternal Grandparents:

Dorothy Beatrice
Donald…..(can’t remember middle)
Warren (step-grandfather)

And his paternal grandparents:
Vera Anne and William Horace

My great grandparents:

Frances and George
Marie and Andrew
Anna and George
Agnes and George

Our daughter is Lucy Beatrice from both of our maternal grandmother’s middle names. My grandma disliked Lucille and always said she wished her name had been Lucy instead although she did go by Bernice. We honored her that way.

If I had another daughter, I think my top choice would be Annabel Mary. Annabel as a take from Anna and Mary Ann.

What would I definitely use? Raymond would be my next top choice for a boy, but my husband would disagree. I would also use George and had suggested Antonia from Anton for a girl. My husband doesn’t like Antonia for fear of “Toni” as a nickname though. I would also definitely use Vera, but that would never happen either.

Our son is Henry Christian. He did have a great uncle Henry, but no other Henry’s in our direct lineage. It was my grandma’s favorite male name and we chose Christian as the middle, due to it being the name of many Danish kings. She was 100% Danish, so I know she would have loved that as she always spoke very fondly of that name as well.

astorastilbe Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:38 am

Michael and Veronica
Edward and Leatrice
Joseph and Enola
Mathias and Marija
Michael and Maddalena
Michael and Mary

ShandyJill Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:40 am

Also found an Axel, which Id love for a middle.And Sebastian is my sons name which is from my husbands side, it was his great uncles name.

peach25 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:42 am

This is fascinating. Such interesting names and stories to go with them.
Maternal Grandparents — Beulah Elizabeth and Francis John(Frank)
Paternal Grandparents — Georgia Anna and G.C. (Grover Cleveland)
G-GPs — Cinetta Elizabeth, Alfred Owen (Shug), Caroline and John, Elizabeth and Jabez,Prudence and Augustus
When you get to my generation and the next we have multiple Elizabeths,Francis and Frances,Kinseys(family surname) and a Georgianna
My favorite combo: Elizabeth Caroline or Caroline Elizabeth!

cookiesnatcher Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:51 am

On my dad’s side, my grandparents are Gerry Dan (pronounced like Gary) and Lois Grace. On my mom’s side, they’re James Patrick and Elizabeth Ann. Great-grandparents are Oleta Belle, Jeffrey, Elmo, Roy, and two Mary’s. Not sure on middle names.
My grandma has a sister named Luanna and one named Dixie.

melissa2 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:58 am

I’ve always been fascinated by my grandmothers’ names. They all come from large families, and when I was little I was very very proud of the fact that I could rattle off all their names without pausing. While they were all typical to their era, to me they were exotic and surprisingly lovely: Maude, Eva, Stella, Dorcas, Daisy, Lucille, Myrtle, Orpha, Gracie, Ruby; Elton, Clyde, Wallace, Evin, Murray, Lloyd.

My husband is more ambivalent about family names, due mostly to the fact that everyone (EVERYONE: father, brother, sister, niece) shares the same middle name, which was his grandfather’s first name. I’ve resigned myself to using the middle for our kid (there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just kind of boring), but you better believe I’ll lobby hard for Clyde or Lucille in the front spot. ๐Ÿ™‚

joolie24 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 11:17 am

– Lucille Edwina (parents Mary and Arthur John)
– John Duncan (parents Carolyn Estelle and Walter Candler)
– Clyde Lafayette (parents Thelma Jane and Clyde Lafayette, Sr.)
– Virginia Dare (parents Ethel Lavender and John Douglas)

We used Virginia for our daughter’s mn (Would have used it for her first, but it’s my sister’s name too and she didn’t like that idea.)

If my mother hadn’t named her dog Lucy, we would have considered Lucille as well. And, alas…four of the male names just don’t work with my married last.

I’m expecting with our second (and last) which is a boy, so I sadly cannot use Estelle or Lavender (which was actually gg’s maiden name, but I think would be a lovely mn!)

gem26 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 11:25 am

LOVE my grandparents names:

Alice Irene
Charles Edward

Some great-grandparents down the line:
John Henry

I wish I knew more of them, honestly.

My husband’s side has equally lovely names and we will certainly be using family names in some form or another for our future little ones.

My first choice for a girl right now is Alice Juliette or Alice Vivienne after my beloved grandmother.

GrecianErn Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 11:29 am

Mary Jane (Smith)Stahl
Harold James Stahl
Flora Elizabeth (Bledsoe) Damon
James Arnold Damon

Kenyon Smith
Anna Adelia Smith
John William Stahl
Clara Anna Margaret (Lawson) Stahl
Elsie Stahl (step)
Lillian Harrington Bledsoe
GGF (I’ve only ever heard him referred to as “Daddy” or “Granddaddy”)
James Arthur Damon
Lee Damon Merican (remarried)

I have both of my grandmothers names as MNs… it’s tradition: Mary Elizabeth.
My niece’s MN is AnneMarie after my mother (Mary Anne) and my son’s MN is Christopher after my father.

lindseywhite03 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 11:36 am

Fraternal Grandmother Jimmy Faye Ray
Fraternal Grandfather: Melvin “Jack” Morris
Maternal Grandmother Mylene
Maternal Grandfather Charles L. Archer
Maternal Great Grandmother: Ila WIlbanks
Meternal Great Gradnfather: Otto

moonkai Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 11:37 am

Grandparents- Rosita Marie, Allen Emerson, Marion and Warren.
Greats- Julia (x2!), Emerson, Joseph, Cecile, Henry, Charlotte
Grandparents-in-law- Mabel, Royal, Walter, Lynn

My relatives are really into the family names. Both my father and my husband’s father are named after their fathers. My sister’s middle name is Cecile and my baby sister’s first name is Charlotte. I have cousins with the middle names Emerson, Allen and Rose. I had an aunt Julia. I would definitely consider using Julia, Rose, Cecile, Emerson or Royal, and I am planning to give my daughter th.e same middle name as her grandmother (Dwyn) and my son the same middle name as his grandfather (Kevin)

rachel627 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 11:43 am

Interesting topic!


John Gustav
Harvey Joe
Martha Dawn

Great Grandparents:
Harvey Jay
Frankie Fern
Herbert Russell
Marian Virginia

HerMajesty Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 11:55 am

My Grandparent are George Thomas and Helen Marie, and George Monroe and Wanda Jeannett. (I had a step-Granny, Mary)
My Great Grandparents are Violet Hazel and Roy Denver, Selma Eugenie and George, Edwin “Happ” Eugene and Ellen-Silvia Marie, Juanita Margret and Glenn Jean. Some of my Great Great Grandparents where Tessie Faye and Elbert Eugene, and Eirian and Fagan.
The ones I will probably use are Silvia, Ellen, Helen, Roy, Eugene, Violet and Glenn. I would use George, but my dad, brother, and Uncle all already have it, so someone else can use it:)

HerMajesty Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

My other two sets of Great Greats where Rose Theodora Margretta and Arthur D (Just a middle letter) and Flossy and Mavis.

MaryChez Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Violet & Patrick
Robert & Ilma Mary Noreen (I got both of her MNs as my FN and MN)

I know one of my great grandmothers was called Mary as well but went by Polly,

Great grandparents:
Emily Dorothy & Clarence William
Dorothy Emily & William Clarence
One of the most bizarre coincidences I have ever seen.

The only name I want to use for my children is Violet, possibly William. Other people in my family have used all the other names (Violet has also been used in my family again, but only as a middle name)

Lo Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

My dad’s parents were Elias and Linilda. Linilda has no appeal but her childhood nickname was Billie which is cute. But they weren’t very good parents so I’m hesitant to use either. My mom’s parents were Antoinette and Timothy. I like Timothy but our last name starts with a T so I don’t love the flow. My middle name is after my grandmother and I’ve always hated it so that’s definitely not being passed down.

southern.maple Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I’m not going to post full names, but here are the names of my grandparents and great-grandparents that I would pass down:

Brown (maiden name)
Byrd (maiden name)
Callaway (maiden name)
Edwards (maiden name)
Freeman (maiden name)

Dove14 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I forgot to include the one middle name pairing of my grandparents that I thought was noteworthy – Ann Caroline. It’s such a lovely combo!
I need to brush up on my great-grands and come back to share but I know my maternal great grandmother was named Dora Calla Viola and went by Calla. My daughter is named after her.

sarajoy Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Elda Evelyn
Richard Harold


I would pass on Richard, Florence, and Henrietta.

Emmy141 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

My grandparents are Elizabeth Marion Therese, Francis James Lawrence, Winifred Lou and William George.
My great-grandparents were Eliza, Lynn, Shrugborough (named after his birthplace!), Mary Elizabeth and Frank. I’m not sure of the rest.

JulietScarlet Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm


Great grandparents:

Frederick is my all-time favourite name. I would definitely consider using Pamela, John and Blanche as middles. We have a long tradition in our family of using names of relatives in the middle spot and it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t honour it. Despite a lot of these names feeling clunky and out-dated, I think they have some charm and character. Even Ida and Wilfred are starting to grow on me…

Trillium Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

The names in my family are so plain, probably why I gravitated to name berry when hunting for material! There are a couple lovely middle names but no one ever used them…sad!
The grans: Sara and Elizabeth
The great grans: Ann, Mary, Annie and Mary!!
The grands: Don and Tommy
The great grands: William, Harry, George and Joseph

Don’t get me wrong, these are some good, solid names but my family was not very creative and they have been recycled for generations. Some surprisingly good middle names include Elanora, Eve and Samuel. I would probably use some of these as middle names, I prefer a strong, basic middle with a surprising first though I know a lot of people do it the other way around ๐Ÿ˜‰

stormy8881 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Philip + HazeAnn
Jack Edward + Joan Ella

Great Grandparents:
Leslie + Natalie Ann
Marvin + Audrey
Madeline Claire + Anthony Edward
Isabel + Hans

AshleyLouisa Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Grandmothers-Linnie Louise-went by Louise, Sara Louise
Grandfathers-William Cyril(sp?) and Robert Allen(sp?)
The only greats I know were: Mary Frances (Molly), Amos, Ralph and Nell.
I plan to use Louise ๐Ÿ™‚

eechick Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Gwendolyn (will definitely use)
Myrum (he hates it so I wouldn’t use it)
Rachel (want to use Una because they have similar meanings)
Earnest (yes spelled like the word instead of Ernest)

Shelley (won’t use because of cousins having it)
Byron (maybe a middle name)
Ezra (want to use!)

There are a lot of cool names in my family tree. Shelley had a sister name Effie Bell after their mother Kitty Bell. Lots of good old southern names haha

Songbyrd Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Oh, my grandparent’s names were awful!! ๐Ÿ™‚
Bernice Esther
Elmer S.
Dorothy Ann
Imre (kinda cool!)

Great grandparents are”
Magnus – we may use this for little boy due in March

Tomorrow Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

My grandparent’s names aren’t particularly interesting – on my dad’s side they’re Elcy (my middle name) and Richard, and on my mom’s they’re Margaret (my first name) and Joseph. I don’t know my mom’s grandparents’ names, but my dad’s dad’s parents were Augustus and Augustina, I think, so August is definitely a middle name option.

Louie Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

My grandmother is Else Margrethe and my grandfather was Hans Jรธrgen.

jpruitt76 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Maternal Grandparents:
Harry Anthony (I used his surname, Morris, for my son’s middle name)
Jewel Docia (had planned to use Jewel as a mn for a third daughter but she was a he)

Paternal Grandparents:
Rufus Garland (I love Rufus but my husband nixed it for my son citing the teasing potential “Rufus the Dufus”). My uncle is a Jr. but he goes by R.G. I would have used his surname, Stuart (my maiden name), as a first or middle name (even as a middle for my daughters) but it doesn’t flow well with my surname.
Fern Marie (My grandmother hated the name Fern and went exclusively by Marie. I used Marie as part of one of my daughter’s middle names (Emmamarie – Emma after my maternal great-grandmother).

Maternal great-grands:
Anthony Morris (not sure of his middle – he passed when my grandfather was a baby)
Emma Victoria (wanted to use Emma as a first name all my life but settled for using it as part of my second daughter’s middle name due to extreme popularity). Couldn’t use Victoria as I have a step-niece with that name.

Paternal great-grands:
Robert Henry (my son’s first name is Henry)
Alta Plennie
Katie (can’t remember her middle)
Harvey (can’t remember his middle)

I used Louise for my daughter’s middle name which is a tradition on my mom’s side (it’s her aunt’s first name, her middle, my middle and also my eldest daughter’s middle…coincidentally, it’s all my MIL’s middle but that was just a bonus)

Anton_Yelchin_fan Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I don’t like my grandmother’s names…and even though I love them..I would never use a name I don’t like. However, I do like grandfather’s name. So I could see myself using a Max or an Arthur.

Pam Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

One thought that arises reading all these names: You can definitely track the pattern of names coming from the Old Country, to be dropped in favor of “American” choices over the next few generations, and now being rediscovered and sometimes revived again. Though I hear you: If grandpa or grandma hated his or her name, it’s really hard to use it!

joel613 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Grandparents: Flora, Harry Thomas, Agnes Marie and James. Both grandfathers names were handed down to a son and a grandson respectively and Marie was used for a middle name of a great granddaughter. While I have wonderful memories of my grandmother Agnes I’d never use the name but I love Flora and would be happy to see it move up the popularity charts.

Nyxiaus Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Gladys Lucille and Joseph Ignatz

caliskelly Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Maternal grandparents:
Marco Aurelio

Paternal grandparents:

Maternal great-grandparents:

dixiegirl02 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Grandparents: Mom’s side Richard Mott (Dick) and Helen Elizabeth Dad’s side Robert Emmett (Bob) and Lucille Eva Laurette

Great grandparents Adelaide Pearl, Frank, Mary Rose, Stanley, Thomas, Lucas Veronica (Lou), Marie Jeanne (Jean), and Lucien

I wouldn’t use any of my grandparents names. I don’t like Lucille, but Lucy is definitely an option for a future daughter.

Lucas veronica is interesting. I had only known that her name was Lou. Her maiden name was Brenner, which I like for a girl. I’m not sure how my husband will feel about that.

AlfieJoe Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

My maternal grandparents
Robert Roland grandfather
Ruth Louise grandmother
Victoria step-grandmother

Lillian Marie great grandmother
Robert Roland great grandfather
Earl Zane step great grandfather

My paternal grandparents
Harold Keith grandfather
Ida Louise grandmother
Linda step grandmother

great grand
Anna Gertrude- when by Gertrude
William-I think

emekct Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Esther Margaret
Marjorie Julia Ann

Joseph Edward (Goes by Eddie)
Michael John

violetgray Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

My grandparents
Rita Marie
Warren Frederick

My greatgrand parents

I like Isabel, Josephine, Arthur and Warren as middle names and would definitely give them to my children if I got the chance.

dixie2010 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

My grandparents : Robert Lemuel & Martha Lou/ Virgil Aden & Elizabeth Wilhelmina. Great-Grandparents: Robert Lemuel & Iva Alice/ Theodore ? & Elizabeth Wilhelmina. I will not be using any of these names; my sister was given Elizabeth as a middle so that is hers to use & since I will likely not have more than 1-2 children, I feel like I can’t use my family names and not my husband’s, and I don’t care for giving a child multiple middle names, there will just not be enough children to be fair. So they will have their own individual names. I have toyed with the middle name Lou, for my paternal Grandma, since my maternal Grandma got her name given to my sister. It would only be fair! ๐Ÿ™‚

dixie2010 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Oh I forgot my other great-grands: James & Lottie, Virgil & Leva. Can’t remember middles….need to look those up.

KristenLeah Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I think we have some good ones. These are my husbands grandparents
as well:
Edna Lenore
Jasper Britt
Patricia Jane (P.J.)
Ralph Eugene (R.E.)
Ivy Ruth
Gerald Charles

KickinKay Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I was born in Portugal, so my family’s names are pretty ethnic. My maternal grandparents are Jose Luciano and Manuela Maria, and my paternal grandparents are Jorge Fernando and Adelina Marisa. I only remember one of great-grandparents, my paternal grandfather’s mom, Isabella Felicia. I would definitely consider Adelina and Marisa (or rather Marissa), and possibly even Isabella but it’s too popular for my taste right now.

RosiePosie Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

My grandmothers:
Phyllis Olive
Margot Sylvia

My grandfathers:
Aurthur Wilsford
William Richard

My husband’s grandmothers(dont know their middle names):

My husband’s grandfathers(dont know their middle names):

willa_cather Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Edna, Elmer, Stanley, Madeline

JH Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I love this post! My first grade teacher asked us who we were named after and I wasn’t named after anyone and felt left out. So, that day, I decided I would name my kids after people. My mom’s parents were Leo Joseph and Alice Patricia. My dad’s are Roman Arnold and Elizabeth Jane. I am pregnant with my first child, a boy, and his name is going to be Leo. My husband really likes Roman, so maybe we’ll have one of those some day too. I was going to use Alice if it was a girl…so maybe next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Caitibait Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I’ve been a long-time lurker, but was so excited when I saw this topic that I had to participate! I’ve had the best time combing through family history of myself and DH to come up with our future naming possibilities. I’ve been able to track down most, but I’m still trying to dig up some middles and Greats.

My Grandparents: Joyce Barbara & George Stephen, Geraldine & William Paul
DH’s Grandparents: Beverly & John, Madelyn & Reno
My Great Grandparents: Emma & Louis, Mary & George, Loretta & Raymond, Pauline & William
DH’s Great Grandparents: Ann & Victor, Kasmira & Jan
My Great Great Grandparents: Esther, Veronica & Sigmund
DH’s Great Great Grandparents: Adelina

amylette Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I don’t know much about my great grand parents. I need to ask more about them!

Mum’s side:

Birth Parents – Sylvia Mary Ann and George Jeffery.

Adoptive Parents – Glenda Shirley and Leslie James.

I have never considered using my mums birth parents names in my childs name. I have never met them.

As for her adoptive parents. I love the name James and will deff have this in my sons name. And as for my Nana, I will see what names you can make from using the letters.

Dad’s Side –

Peter (Biological Dad)
Derek (Step Father)
Ruth (Mum)

I don’t know about these names!

NiamhEthna Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Mine are
– Elizabeth (Betty)
-Dorothy (Dotty)
-Arthur again
funnily enough all my great grandads where called Arthur too.

sunshinerose Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Grandmas Rita Mae and Ann Mae
Grandpa Jacob and Richard no middles

I name my daughter Gianna for Anna

Crazy4Jeter Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

My grandparents: Edna Mae, Louis Jerry, Lydia Mae, & William John.

Nothing too exciting, however I plan to use Mae for a future daughter’s middle name.

onelove19 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

my grandparents”

Elizabeth (Betty)

DH grandparents:
William Norman (went by Norm)
Elizabeth (also Betty)
Edward – nn Honey
Frieda – nn Fritz

Julia Johanna Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 5:49 pm


Maria & Paul
Louise & Robert


Johanna & Max
Lillie & William
Agnes & Edwin
Julia & William

Maria was passed down to my mother, Robert & Edwin were passed down to my father, William was passed down to my brother, and Julia & Johanna were passed down to me…

Family names are really important to us, and I would consider any of these for my future kids, especially Maria ๐Ÿ™‚

rachelxoxo Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Marvin Lee, Beverly Ann and Robert Lee, Bernice [no middle name, like me :)]

beccaloo Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Grandparents: John Joseph, Rita Joan, Mary, and Raymond Joseph

I want to use Raymond or Ray as a middle, I like Mary a lot too. Would love to use Josephine to get all the Josephs (and was my Grandpa’s Raymond’s mom’s name). Always thought I would use Jack for a son, as my dad and brother are also John, and dad has ALWAYS gone by Jack. But now it is super popular ๐Ÿ™

Family names on dad’s side are great! Eva, Cordelia, Delia, Bridgette Delia, Evylin, Max, Maxime… want to know more of my moms Italian side though too before picking ๐Ÿ™‚

Side note: my mom wanted to name me Marita. Mary + Rita, to honor names in one!

WrenMaple Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Im adopted and close to both my adopted and biological families. So i have double the grandparents:

Clayton Henry “Buddy”
Lois Amelia
William David “Sonny”
Carol Jean
Raymond Joseph
Margaret M.
Robert Herald
Doris Evelyn “Lynn”

Robert Errol
Phyllis May
John Henry
Betty “Jean”

My goal is to have some nod to each of them and all our parents in my childrens names. So far Im halfway there

Jessa Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

My side of the family is quite tame and traditional. (My husband’s side is more exciting.)




shinysarah11 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

My Grandparents:

Frances Nita and Robert Edwin
Dolores Florence and Harold Lynn

My parents are: Donald Joseph and Susan Adah

My Great Grandparents:

Harold Lynn and Ethel Louise
Mary (Maria) and Joseph
Roy John and Adah
Ruth Elizabeth and John

Great Great Grandparents:

James Robert and Minnie Florence
Charles and Daisy Emmeline
Stanislaus and Josephine
Joseph and Michaline
John and Adrianna
Pieter and Sophia May
Carl Alfred and Maria Charlotta
Samuel and Honoria

My Husband’s Grandparents:

Ruth Florence and Raymond John
Mary Mary and Kenneth Marion

My husband’s parents:

Cindy Lou and Terry Lee

Great Grandparents:

Russell Marion and Mary Elizabeth
George and Lena
James Kenneth and Marjorie Bernice
Cloyce Edward and Jeanette Sarah

Great Great Grandparents:

Henry and Nora Salistine
John and Lovina
Danne and Taalke (German)
Ray and Edith Almeda
John Wesley and Laura Ann
Franklin Thomas and Leaffie
James and Florence May

I see a lot of Florences between our 2 families!! I especially love Ethel, Adah, Honoria, Minnie, and Michaline.

shinysarah11 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Mary Mary should be Martha Mary. Oops!

nataliala Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Maternal grandparents: Joao and Maria Jose (both portuguese)
Paternal grandparents: Armindo and Maria Josefa (portuguese and spanish)
Great-Grandparents: Joao and Vicencia- parents of Joao
Augusto and Arminda- parents of Maria Jose (whose oldest brother was Jose Maria)
Manoel and Maria- parents of Armindo
Jose and Thomaza- parents of Maria Josefa

As you can see, not much creativity. I would give a daughter the name of Augusta Mary and a son Joao Manoel (if I didn’t think Joao Manoel would cause pronunciation problems… maybe John?)

dieselsmomma Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Annie and Antone
John and Jeannette Winifred “Jean”
I had a great aunts Minnie, Martha and great uncles Robert “Bobby” , Henry and Rudolph.
Husbands grandparents were Louise and Alfonse
Benedita and Geraldo
Some great name choices….
And some interesting ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mcdonak1 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Helen Gertrude
Lester ???
Lucile Celestine
Paul Hector
And my mom’s stepmother is Vivian Mary.

My daughter’s middle name is Helen Lucille (I standardized the spelling of Lucile).

Jennie Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

My grandparents:

Husband’s grandparents:

jenjenbarnes Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

My husband’s grandma and my grandma have the same name….PHYLLIS. I just could not name my daughter that (or give her the middle name) but I do feel about about it because I would love to pay tribute. My grandma was Phyllis Rose and we named our daughter Rose. My husband’s grandma’s middle name was Hunter, which is a great boy name if we ever have one.

My other grandparents: Donald, Margaret Jane, and Wilk.

My husband’s other grandparents: Charles Henry, Maxine, and Eugene.

I’d say we do have something to work with ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, I have a great grandpa named William Jackson which to me is such a wonderful name…we’ll see!

nlane825 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Pennie Lee
Robert ?
Genevieve Helena
Ronald Jackson (Jack)

Audrey, Dale, Thomas, and Nellie

I would use Pennie, Jackson, Audrey, and maybe use Lee or a name close to Genevieve. Maybe Dale as a middle just because of how much he means to us, not because of the name. ๐Ÿ™‚

LolaMarie Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

My paternal grandparents: Joseph Gordon and Marie Lola
My maternal grandparents: Philip Taylor “PT” and Effie Dee

My paternal great-grandparents: John & Sarah Ann
My maternal great-grandparents: Samuel & Patsy “Pattie; Benjamin Clarence & Nora

My husband’s paternal grandparents: Charles “Charlie” and Dorothy
My husband’s maternal grandparents: Gardner and Beatrice

Marie and Sarah are definite possibilities for girls; Philip and Charles for boys.
There are tons of other family names (further back in the family tree) that are strong possibilities as well

adnama Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Mine are:
John and Theo (short for Theophilia)
Betty and Gordon

DHs are:
Fraja and Arie (changed to Frances and Harry when they came to Canada)
Margaret and Howard (Howards real first name is Clinton apparently)

We plan to name a boy Arie for sure. Love the name. I’d also love to name a girl Theo but not sure if it’s too boy-ish.

tk. Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

My grandparents:

Ruth May
James Jackson
Anna May
Lee Omar (Leo)

Some of the more interesting greats/great-greats:

Ira Commodore
Perry Commodore
Phoebe Clara

amandaberry Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 9:59 pm


Jack Taylor
Maria (no middle)
William Bernard
Louanna (no middle)

Willie Lee
Mamie Bell

Rosebyanyothername Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Hmm, love this question!!!
DH’s grandparents
Roberta and Maxwell and Irene

Fannie and Bedford (how country is that :), also no middle names for them or any of their 11 children)

Mary Etta (southern double name) and Thomas Luther

amandaberry Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

@ adnama- I’m very interested in the name Fraja. What nationality was your DH grandma?

Question- Does anybody know anymore information about Fraja? Not much info on the net. Just read it’s Scandinavian and has a meaning of goddess of love, fertility and beauty. Anybody know anything?

harlowlane Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:29 pm


Alden Shell

Lane Elizabeth


asiabean Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

My maternal grandparents were Catherine and Behoshi (I have no idea if this is the right spelling and cannot seem to find any information on this Czech name). When my grandfather came to Canada from what was then Czechoslovakia, he went by John.

My paternal grandfather was John Melvin and he went by Melvin. My father and brother also have the first name John and go by their middles. My paternal grandmother was Rita.

Narwhal87 Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Mother’s Parents:
Savilla Mae
Richard John

Savilla’s parents were Barbara ( also my mother’s name ) and Levi.
Richard’s parents were Edward and Genevieve.

Father’s Parents:
Janet Darlene
Angus John

Janet’s parents were Grace Beatrice and Archie Roland.
Angus’ parents were Catherine and Joseph Owen.

namesage Says:

February 13th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Oh I love this question too!

Katherine Carmella “Kaye”
Vincent John “Vince”
Hazel Wilma
John Raines (Always went by both names)

Great Grandparents:
Grazia (Changed to Grace, when she came to America)
Giuseppe (Changed to Joseph, when he came to America)
Mary (I only recently learned she went by May)

I have always planned on choosing middle names from my grandparents’ names. I asked my mom to choose my first daughter’s mn and she chose Katherine. That’s her mother’s name and who she was named after, though her name is just Kathy. She absolutely hates that she was not given the full name.

Raines will be my first son’s mn. It is my father’s mn as well. My grandad was given that mn after the surname of the little country doctor who delivered him and saved his and my great-grandmother’s lives. Love it.

I would also use Vincent(love the nn Vin), Hazel, some form of Nellie (probably Nella), and May. And though many members of my family have used Grace and Joseph, I would absolutely use their birth names-Grazia and Guiseppe. I used to plan to use Carmella, but my mom now has a dog named that!

Also I have two great-great grandmothers I’d love to honor…Dominica and Sophronia.

AnuthriumInvidia Says:

February 14th, 2013 at 2:01 am

Paternal grandparents: Elda and George
Maternal grandparents: Barbara and Mack

tori101 Says:

February 14th, 2013 at 8:04 am

Ah fun post! Loving these vintage classics!

Maternal side:
Barbara (no middle name) – Polish Jew
Leonard John – Israeli born Jew

Great grandparents maternal side:
Barbara’s parents: Rosa & Robert
Leonard’s parents: Minnie & John Abraham

Paternal side:
Elizabeth Ann – Irish Catholic
Robert John – Scottish Protestant

Great grandparents paternal side:
Elizabeth Ann’s parents:
Janet Kathleen & Leonard Wilfred

Robert John’s parents:
Margaret Rooney & John Robert


conradsmommy1505 Says:

February 14th, 2013 at 9:05 am

My maternal grandmother and grandmother are
Lonnie Ellis

John “Jack” Franklin

Honestly I don’t know my grandmothers middle names. Sad I know. I must find those out…

valentinayvonne Says:

February 14th, 2013 at 9:56 am

Ferne Elizabeth (Elisabeth passed on to niece)
Wilbur Warren
Norma Jean

Great Grandparents
Gladys & Clarence
Villis Vernon (Would absolutely pass on Villis, but husband says no)
Grace Lula (Yes, yes, yes)

LuluBoo Says:

February 14th, 2013 at 1:45 pm


brynnash Says:

February 14th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

My grandparents are:

Wallace Frank “Wally”
Elaine Shirley
Paul Robert
Dorothy Ann

Great Grandparents:
Joseph James
August Walter
Byron “Barney”

mam2321 Says:

February 14th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Richard George
Janice Diane
David George

Great Grandparents and Aunts/Uncles:

Thomas Ferguson
Mary Eunice

lookingahead Says:

February 15th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

My maternal grandparents were David Arthur and Donna Lea. My paternal grandparents were Clifford Raymond (step-grandfather), Dorothy Jeanette, and Robert Roy. My favorite names in my family come from my mother’s side. My Great grandmother was Velma and her twin sister was Zelma. Their grandmother was Hulda. So interesting!

loislane1222 Says:

February 16th, 2013 at 12:38 am

Libby (no middle name, daughter of Czech immigrants)
Clarence (no middle name, son of Czech immigrants)
Mildred Marie (Irish-American)
James Anton (Czech-American)
Great-grandparents whose names I know:
Adolf, Czech immigrant
Emma, Czech immigrant
Cornelius (Irish-American)
Elizabeth (Irish-American)
Lewis (Czech-American)
Mary (German-American)

I think Libby is beautiful, but I have a total of three cousins who chose that name for their daughters. Emma, unfortunately, is too popular. I don’t think Adolf is making a comeback anytime soon. James is also my FIL’s name, so it’s a possibility, definitely as a MN. Elizabeth and Mary never go out of style. A Cornelius would be tortured on the playground, I fear.

Scharla Says:

February 16th, 2013 at 1:25 am

Paternal grandparents:
Emily Rose (nn Emy)

Maternal grandparents:

Eugene Wilson
Charlotte Mae

Loopy_lindsay Says:

February 16th, 2013 at 9:13 am

Winifred Isabella (Win)
William Horace (Bill)

Catherina Thompson (Rena)
Robert Grieve (Bert)
(It was quite popular in Scotland for the middle name to be the mothers maiden name)

Great grand parents
Margaret (Peggy)

Catherine (teenie)

wildebeth Says:

February 16th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

My grandmothers are Rose Catherine and Clara Dean, and my grandfathers are Allison and John. I thought about using Allison for my little girl, since no one in my generation has used it for their kids (unless the previous two), but my grandfather vetoed it as a girl’s name. ๐Ÿ™‚

wildebeth Says:

February 16th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

unless = unlike

liviajoan Says:

February 16th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Maternal side-
Ione Marie (grandma)
Leo (grandpa)
Bernadette Marie (great-aunt)
Jack (great-uncle)

I love Ione and Bernadette to bits (I was very close to them and knew them well) so I would definitely consider either one. I never knew my grandpa Leo, as he died when my mom (Dianne Marie) was 10. Oddly enough my mom’s horoscope is Leo. Jack is a really good name, but its just too common.

Paternal side-
Vivian (grandma)
Leonard (grandpa)
Elmer (great-uncle)
Carol (great-aunt)

Our grandma on this side has a lot of bad connotations to our family, so I wouldn’t consider Vivian. As for Leonard, Elmer, or Carol, probably not, though my grandpa and his brother were very dear to me.

cricket325 Says:

February 16th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

William Pickering
Elizabeth Jarvis

Otto Werner

katybug Says:

February 16th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

My grandparents were:
Harold Franklin
Lester Earl (Jr.)
Lota Virginia
Kathryn Jane

Kathryn, Jane, Virginia, and possibly Earl and Franklin are useable; Harold and Lester are not ready for a comeback. I learned recently that Lota is also the name of a water vessel used for cleaning oneself after using the bathroom in Muslim cultures. So it’s off the table permanently.

Carl Webster
Lurline (don’t know middle name)
Lester Earl (Sr.)
Katherine (don’t know middle name)
Austin Blaine
Mary Motheral
Edwin DeWitt
Mary Agnes

Austin, Blaine, Edwin, and Agnes all feel fashion-forward. I would name a daughter the double name Mary Agnes in a heartbeat.

katybug Says:

February 16th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Also, my own family proves that surname-names are not a new invention, with Webster, DeWitt and Motheral all in use.

arunciblespoon Says:

February 17th, 2013 at 4:05 am

My grandparents are Carmena, Patricia, John and Francis Xavier, my great grandparents Mary known as Molly, John, Poppy May, Walter, Georgina, Felice and Concetta.

The names from my great grandparents era appeal most, especially Mary and Mollly, but i do like the x name Xavier. I dont think id use any of them though.y

isabel_r Says:

February 17th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Sarah “Sally”

Elizabeth “Betsy”

Kerryn Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 7:24 am

My grandparents:
Robert (Bert)
Harold (Hal)
Elizabeth (Betty)

Husband’s grandparents:

We are going to use Rose and Foster as middle names, but that is all we’ve seemed to agree on so far. He also has an uncle named Alden, which could get mn billing as well…

sara_a Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 9:34 am

Mom’s side
Gma- Jean
Gpa- Phillip
Ggmas- Anna and Rose

Dad’s side
Gma- Trudy (Gertrude, but hated it.)
Gpa- Gerry (Gerald on the birth certificate)
Ggmas- Charlotte and Bertha
Ggpa- Ellis

I named my dd Trudy, just Trudy, for Grandma. For me it’s less about my personal taste and more about who needed a namesake.

thebabynamer Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Mom’s side:
Shelbia Jean & Arthur

Dad’s side:
Aleksandra Olga & Wincent

Ymixle Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I remember that my mother’s parents were Jeremiah Rufus and Carrie Marie. There were apparently many Maries and french names over there. My dad’s side is more mundane.

ap123 Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

My great-grandmothers were Blanche Arlene and Marguerite Faith, who gave birth to Patricia Ann and Richard Allen, my maternal grandparents. Not sure about my great-grandfathers/grandmothers on my father’s side, but my paternal grandparents are Jackie Erman and Olive Averial. I have plenty to choose from!

coolteamblt Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 5:44 pm


Margaret Isobel
Leroy Marvin


Beatrice Marie (went only by Marie as an adult)
William Richard -stepdad
Dale -biological

We went along gender lines, and used my maternal grandmother’s name. Fiona Margaret is also named after my sister, Amelia Margaret, and my mother, Margo Lee. My son’s middle name came from my husband’s side of the family. I like Beatrice in theory, but Grandma Marie is a terrible, terrible person, and we would never honor her in any way.

KibaTalutah Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 3:48 am

I have:

Sharon and Gilmore

Helen and Brian

brontefrances Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 4:06 am

Maternal: Monica (stunning!) and Patrick William (love Patrick, but dislike Pat/Patty)

Paternal: Janice Emily (not keen on Janice, Emily is pretty but overused and plain) and Anthony (Tony) Keith (prefer Anthony to Andy or Tony)

Going back further on the Maternal side, beautiful names such as Francois, Eliza (My mn in Frances and my sisters’ Elizabeth! Keeping family names in there!) Pierre nn Perry, Honora nn Nonie, so cute (Honora is my all time fave! Absolutely Stunning!!), Phoebe Mascott (Mascott a great potential boys’ mn, Phoebe was used by my cousin)

Can’t remember much about Paternal side, apart from Dulcie Lilian (not too keen on, although Dulcie is fresh) and Emily Flett (Flett is my brothers’ mn)


capturedcastle Says:

February 21st, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Blanche Marie and Richard George
Mary Louise (went by Mary Lou) and Arthur Lowell (goes by Lowell)

I just realized, looking at those names, how royal and/or aristocratic they look!

I’ve never been a huge fan of any of my grandparents names until recently, when I decided I loved Lowell for a girl. Don’t think I’ll be able to convince my husband of that, however. No matter what, I want Lowell at least for a middle somewhere (boy or girl).

StaceyJaneMarie Says:

February 22nd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Maternal Grandmother: Genevieve (no middle name – sibling Elizabeth Faye and Franklin Reuben)

Maternal Grandfather: Harold Dewayne (siblings Aulcy Bryant Jr., Thomas William, Audrey Marie, Walter Wesley, Kenneth O’Neal, Roger Dale)

Paternal Grandmother: Marie Catherine (siblings Dolores, Joseph)

Paternal Grandfather: Albert Cornelius (siblings Alma, Marie, and Franklin)

Obviously Marie is used a lot which is why it is my middle name and several of my cousins’ and their kids’ middle names. Even though it is so common as a middle name I plan on carrying out that tradition. I also love Genevieve and would use it. I want to find a way to incorporate my grandfathers names into my future children’s names though I don’t love the names. I’m thinking maybe Harrison for a boy’s middle name and doing what my parents did with my sister and using an Al- name instead of Albert, probably Alexander/Alexandra.

Littlemeg Says:

February 23rd, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Margaret Claire (called Claire)
Leonard Joseph

Miriam Bernadette (called Mimi or Mim)
William John

jenna1231 Says:

February 26th, 2013 at 10:18 am

Iris Carol Jane
Vivian (I don’t know her middle name)

Charles Henry
John Leroy

EmmaF Says:

February 28th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Darlene Mae
Thomas Alfred
Kenneth William
Jo Anne

laurakatex Says:

March 2nd, 2013 at 6:09 pm

My gran parents
Mums side:
Janet ‘Jessie’

Dads side:
Muriel (my origanial middle name changed it when i was 16)

Great grandparents:
Mums side

Catherine ‘Kate’ (what I changed my middle nams too)

I love Jessie/Janet because its a name that has been passed down, my mum is called Jessie and my sisters middle name is Janet, I think i would use a form of it.

rook476 Says:

March 10th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

My father’s parents died before I was born, but I know their names were James and June. We would likely not use either of those names.

My maternal grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ names are Lawrence Elwin, son of Elwin and Nellie, and Marjorie June, daughter of Carl and Ella. We chose Lorraine as a similar-sounding middle name for our daughter, and would consider Elwin or Marjorie as middle names. Nellie also had a brother named Allen (Anglicized spelling, but pronounced AY-lin, as in the Irish Ailin).

My husband’s paternal grandparents’ names are William Eugene and Barbara Jean. Since my husband’s first name is William also, we plan to use that if we have a son in the future, but call him by his middle name. Barbara’s mother’s name was Sidney, and we like that too.

My husband’s mother’s family is from Hungary. The grandparents are Eva Irene and Jozsef Alan. Eva has sisters named Agnes (Agi) and Magdolna (Mato), and a brother named Peter Istvan. Agnes’s husband’s name is Barna, short for Barnabas, and we thought that was pretty cool.

SammieBug Says:

March 13th, 2013 at 11:10 am

My mother’s parents are named Myra and Mel(vin), and my father’s parents are Nancy and Seymour (Sy).

Honestly, I don’t plan on having more children, but if I was I don’t think I would us any of their names. They are all a little too old fashioned, but I would consider a name that was similar, or started with the same letter. For example instead of Myra, I might name her Maya.

jessesgirl Says:

March 14th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Jack Winton
Lena Pearl
Ernest David- went by Ernie
Mary Elizabeth

Great grand parents
Stella Jewel – went by Jewel
Oscar Eugene
Leona Mae
Can’t remember the others.

I would use Lena for sure. She was an awesome grandma! I would also use Oscar mostly because I was born on his birthday and I do like the name but he passed away before I was born and he ways wanted a grand kid born on his bday.
I like Leona but not sure if I would use it, same with Mae

poohjenn Says:

March 17th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

My mom’s parents were George Richard & Betty Eileen, & my dad’s were Heber Parley & Shirley Etta. We’ve actually combined some of them in names for my siblings…..my brother is Parley Richard & my younger sister’s middle name is Shirleen. My mom’s grandparents were Harold & Delcia Blanche. My ggma went by Blanche, but my mom was named Delcia, I’ve never seen anyone else with that name. My dad’s grandparents were Heber James & Lucy Lodisa. I actually really like the way Lucy Lodisa rolls off the tounge, but I don’t know that I would actually name a child of mine that. I’ve thought if I ever had a daughter, I would name her Etta Eileen, after both my grandmother’s middle names.

Sabu Says:

March 19th, 2013 at 11:26 am

Kathleen Mercedes
Donald Emmett (my Dad was Donald Emmett Jr.)

Ada Clara Isabelle (Everyone called her “Betty”)
Robert Stanley (Everyone called him Stan)

My husband loves the name Emmett, and I’m sentimental towards it because my Father passed away four years ago…I’d love to name my first born boy after him. Christian Emmett is what we’re leaning towards. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also love Clara and Isabelle, but my husband isn’t too thrilled with those names. ๐Ÿ™

Molly20 Says:

March 30th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Frances Anne
Francis Xavier

William Everett

I”m drawing a blank in my maternal grandmother’s middle but both my grandfathers’ middle names are wonderful. Xavier is a name that’s been in the family for generations, so I might use that.

And my other grandfather was a junior who named his son William, but chose not to use Everett. I love Everett nn Rhett and due to the family connection, I’d love to use it.

Both my grandmothers have already got namesakes, so I wouldn’t use any of their names

Javad Says:

April 17th, 2013 at 1:09 am

Charles “Chuck”
John Robert “Bob”

Edward Brandt

We’ve already used my great grandfather’s name– Rees— as a middle name for our first son.
If the next one’s a girl, she’ll get two middle names— Hazel and Rose— first name of a great grandma and middle name of another.
If the next one’s a boy, he’ll get either Edward or Brandt as middle names, the first and last names of a great grandfather.

Elaine_Amie Says:

May 19th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

My great grandmother’s name was Philomena, but she was called “Mae” because her French employers thought her given name too Italian. My mother was named Phyllis in her honor; I think I will bring Philomena back for my daughter. There is something touching and sentimental about seeing a name continued on in some form, and it makes the name so much more meaningful than just picking one out of a hat.

emilybk Says:

May 20th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Jo Ann
Margaret Addielene (nicknamed Petunia, and eventually Tunie, as an adult)
Francis Rufus (went by Rufus, since his dad was Frank)
Samuel Wickham

Grace Goodwin (or possibly Goodwyn)
Francis Rufus
Samuel Wickham
John Shelton

My daughter is named Cates Margaret; Cates was my husband’s maternal grandmother’s maiden name. We would have used Wickham for a boy, and still will if we have a son in the future. But we have no idea what we would name another daughter – perhaps Josephine, after my great-grandfather Joseph and grandmother Jo Ann. My husband’s other grandmother was Audrey Vivian, so we would probably use one of her names as a middle name.

CoraLorelei Says:

June 4th, 2013 at 2:33 am

Eddie Jean (Ed)


Great- Grandparents:


bandksmith Says:

July 11th, 2013 at 2:31 am

Maternal GP are Nelson Edward and Bertha Viola
Paternal GP are Charles Bert and Betty Jewel

mjeezy13 Says:

July 11th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Mary Ann
Dorothy Mae
James Ursal
John Burwell

Great Grandparents:
Frances Crodelia Bell
Mary Ellen
Alma Catherine
Thomas O’Connell
Truman Allen
Arthur Rufus
Horace Aubrey

Great Grandparents:
Annie Elizabeth
Anna Lucille
Lyda Jane
Martha Ann
Allie White
Romanus Washington
Benjamin Franklin
John Quincy Adams
John Jacob

kodycorey Says:

July 11th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Paternal GP :
Ernest Frank
Helen Marie

I only like Marie.

Maternal GP :
Ernest Lawrence
Anna Mrytle

I only like Anna.

Paternal Great GP :

I love Joseph.

Maternal Great GP :
Earl Lawrence
Maud Myrtle

I like May and Thomas.

Paternal Great- Great GP:

I only like Adam.

Maternal Great-Great GP:
Samuel Howard
Anna Narcissus
Charles Cyrus
Gertrude Ellen
America Viola

I like Thomas, Samuel, Anna, & Ellen. America is interesting but I wouldn’t use it.

CourtneyAndCam Says:

July 11th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

My Paternal Grandparents:
Theona Leone (yes… it rhymes)
Everett Gilbert
Maternal Grandparents:
Paul Rain
Gloria Patricia
My Great Grandma (only one I met):
Zenobia Aurora

Obviously some of those are awful. I might pass on Pauline for Paul, Aurora, Everett and Wesley (Paul’s brother’s middle name).
My son who I lost, Cam, has a family middle name. It’s Henry, the name of my great-great grandpa.

cannebella Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 4:17 am

All of my grandparents had family middles, which is a tradition on both sides. I would like to carry it on but maybe add in a middle name that I just thought was nice. I also thought I would add in my parents names.

Allan Archibald
Mary Jarrett – My granny’s middle was a family surname

Geoffrey Raymond
Janette Buchanan – My grandmother’s middle was a family surname.

Allan Geoffrey – My father got his father’s name for his middle.
Morag-Anne – My mother was named after my grandmother’s best friends which were two sisters Morag and Anne.

A future son might get the middle name Jarrett or Allan and a future daughter could get a Mary, Janette or Anne for a family middle.

Megood1 Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

My paternal grandparents are Dean Charles (his mother’s maiden name: Jessie Dean) and Mary Bernadette (Bernie).
My mother’s father is David Stanley, who is married to Karen, and her mother is Judith (Judy) who is married to Edward (Ed).
Dean is my Father’s name as well a my brother and cousin’s middle name. My name is Mary middle name Elise which I think comes from the same grandma but I don’t know exactly. I might use Charles, Stanley or David.

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

July 13th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I can’t believe how many of these names I love… Agnes, Gertrude (I ADORE the nickname Trudy), Basil, Margaret, Maxine, Ruth, Florence, Bernadette, Otto… It’s like a treasure trove of beautiful, seemingly uncommon names! I also can’t believe how many Irene’s there are (that’s my name).

I’m at a slight disadvantage as I don’t know my father’s parents’ names.

Maternal grandma is Petra (she hates it, goes by Petrita. My cousin named after her, hates it also and goes by Pety).
My maternal grandpa (who recently died in February) was Jose Reyes (his youngest son was a jr and I’ve got a cousin who is Jose Reyes III, and is, unfortunately, after my grandpa’s death, the only Jose Reyes left, since his dad, the jr, died in ’06) I’m going to use his middle name, Reyes, for a boy and Mireya for a girl as a way of honoring my grandpa.

My grandparent’s were first cousins so I’ll only go as far back as my great-grandparents, cause the inbreeding in my family was running rampant and it all gets a little clouded after them. How I didn’t end up with 12 fingers and webbed toes, I don’t understand…

My grandma’s parents were Florentino and Aurelia.
My grandpa’s parents were Elena and Juan. (They both died, along with one of their daughters, all within a year so my grandpa’s eldest sister, Concepcion, raised him and we used to call her grandma growing up. I know she’s not technically my grandparent but considering I called her welita, my way of saying abuelita, I think she counts.)

Growing up, and for about 10 years after, I always wanted to name my first daughter Elena Aurelia, as an honor to my great-grandmothers. But my grandpa’s parents died when he was 15 and, even though I knew my welita Aurelia, I wasn’t particularly close to her as she lived so far away and we rarely saw her. I decided I’d honor someone a lot closer to heart, my mom, who is Georgina (but with J’s instead of G’s) and my grandpa. I have a boy and girl name ready to honor them so if I have a girl after my first, I would still put Elena Aurelia on the table!

My ex-stepgrandparents are Antonio and Olivia, but that’s as far back as I know about them.

TrixieBeth Says:

July 22nd, 2013 at 10:21 pm

My maternal grandparents were Lois Marie and Ewing Lafayette. Paternal grandparents Tasker Homer and Flora Fay. My great grandmother was Lula Bell. I do not have children but I would use Marie as a middle name. The first name would be Georgia after my husband’s grandmother. But I wouldn’t use any of the boys names. My grandmother’s maiden name was Owens so I would us Owen as a boys name.

MFBerry Says:

July 29th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

My mom’s parents- Stephen (Steve) and Sharon. My dad’s mom is Katherine (Kathy), but his dad died when he was just a kid and I’ve forgotten his name.

littlewren Says:

November 9th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Mum’s side: Charles, Patricia, Marjorie (because of a death + remarriage)
Dad’s side: Alice, Irving

I definitely want to use Alice as a middle (which is why I may stick with the combo Mara Alice even though the letter overlap isn’t perfect), I’d like to use Patricia as a middle or/and use Patton for a boy although I never had the chance to know her, I’d like to use Marjorie as a middle or/and use a Mar- name (probably Mara, which is why I really like Mara Alice as a combo) as a first to more subtly honor her, I want to use Charles as a middle, and I didn’t know Irving or much about him so I don’t really feel a need to honor him.

candishane Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 1:27 am


Harold Rexford
Carolyn Linda
William Randolph
Edna Ruth


Joseph Leonard
Margret Naomi
Roy Cecil
Louvenia (pronounced loo-veen-ee)
Beaulah Ogla

I love Ruth, Naomi, Violet, Rexford, Carson, and William.

candishane Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 1:33 am

I meant to include my great-great grandparents.


Bahamut Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 4:07 am

Grandparents a little ugly, as a similar situation to apple511 with two sets of maternal grandmothers. In my case nary a stepmother; though did have a way. Adopted and biological, which at the time
Maternal side: Mary Louise, Victor (step-grandparents) and Ruth. Didn’t have information on the biological grandfather’s name.
Paternal side: Horace (nicknamed Shorty) and Ruby.

Maternal side: (only info on one set) Narceese and Annie
Paternal side: John, Charlotte, Henri, Josephine

I would probably consider using Mary or Charlotte and maybe Annie as possible names for a daughter. For a son, nothing on the immediate tree seems to get my attention as a first name, though might consider Horace for a middle name.

cassiedawn Says:

March 4th, 2014 at 11:35 pm



I know that I have a great-great-grandmother named Wilhemina (Minnie). I don’t know my great-grandparents on my dad’s side. I have always loved both Audrey and Lydia, and I am still considering them, although Audrey is a little high on the popularity charts for my taste

CocoWhite Says:

March 9th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I was named after my great-grandmother, whose first name was Mary and middle name was Julia. But to avoid any kind of confusion between us, my parents switched the two names around: my first name is Julia, and my middle is Mary.

I also have a grandfather named Anthony, a grandma named Sharon, and I’m pretty sure I have a great-granddad or something named Francis.

CocoWhite Says:

March 9th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I was named after my great-grandmother, whose first name was Mary and middle name was Julia. But to avoid any kind of confusion between us, my parents switched the two names around: my first name is Julia, and my middle is Mary.

I also have a grandfather named Anthony, a grandma named Sharon, and I’m pretty sure I have a great-granddad or something named Francis.

CocoWhite Says:

March 9th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I was named after my great-grandmother, whose first name was Mary and middle name was Julia. But to avoid any kind of confusion between us, my parents switched the two names around: my first name is Julia, and my middle is Mary.

I also have a grandfather named Anthony, a grandma named Sharon, and I’m pretty sure I have a great-granddad or something named Francis.

CocoWhite Says:

March 9th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I was named after my great-grandmother, whose first name was Mary and middle name was Julia. But to avoid any kind of confusion between us, my parents switched the two names around: my first name is Julia, and my middle is Mary.

I also have a grandfather named Anthony, a grandma named Sharon, and I’m pretty sure I have a great-granddad or something named Francis.

alyssakate Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 9:30 am


Hartvig & Eileen
Warren & Marian

Great-Grandparents (that I can remember):

Thora & Andrew

njm222 Says:

March 29th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Thomas William (III)
Avalee Diane
Robert James
Suzanne Amanda

Thomas William (II)
Abbie Adelia
Howard Andrew
Ruth Lenora
Frederick Weldon
Alice May
[I don’t know Robert’s parents’ names]

Thomas William (I)
Lois Ann
Sanford Kingsbury
Laura Estelle
Fred Lewis
Emily Louise
Harry Lee
Florence Ava
Frederick Winslow
Velma Ina
Ivory Gardiner
Gladys Althea

All born and raised in Maine and of English heritage (with a little bit of Scottish, French, Italian, Dutch, and German).

Thegratiana Says:

June 1st, 2014 at 3:41 am

Elveda Yvonne
Delana Adell
Hilda Lorraine
Bonnie Rose
Ora Ida

NaomiNY Says:

June 19th, 2014 at 4:43 am

My paternal grandparents:
Frank Ferris (nicknamed Jubee, diminutive of Junior, by his father as a kid)
Patricia Ann (nicknamed Pat my sister’s middle name is a namesake to our grandma)

My maternal grandparents:

NaomiNY Says:

June 19th, 2014 at 4:56 am

My paternal grandparents (born and raised in New York):
Frank Ferris (nicknamed Jubee, diminutive of Junior, by his father as a kid)
Patricia Ann (nicknamed Pat my sister’s middle name is a namesake to our grandma)

My maternal grandparents (born and raised in New York):
Norbert Stanley (nicknamed Staszu by his mom; son of Polish immigrants)
Dorothy May (I’m thinking of using Dorothy as a middle name for a future daughter)

My paternal great-grandparents:
Grandpa’s parents:
Frank and Beatrice (Gram had Irish blood, and Gramp possibly had Czech blood, not sure. Both born and raised in New York.)
Grandma’s parents:
Edward and Patricia (Both of Irish heritage. As far as I know, both born and raised in New York.)

Maternal great-grandparents:
Pop-Pop’s parents:
Joseph and Johannah (Polish immigrants. I love these names for a future son and daughter.)
Nani’s parents:
Frank and Dorothy May (biological mom; died when Nani was 17), Elizabeth (stepmother; my middle name is a namesake to her) (All of Irish heritage; as far as I know, both born and raised in New York)

WarpedBritt Says:

June 20th, 2014 at 1:37 am

grandmothers and great grandmothers-
Margie Ann
Lily May
Mary Ella

Grandfathers and great grandfathers-

mallowd Says:

June 23rd, 2014 at 1:39 am

Fun! Maternal: Grandfather is Axel Elliott (goes by Elliott) and grandmother is Mary Marcella (goes by Marcella) side note: almost everyone went by their middle name, but my mother haha! The names I know of her Grandparents are Mary Elizabeth (her maternal grandmother and the only name I know off-hand)

Paternal: Grandfather is David Eugene and grandmother is Arlys Arlene. His grandparents are Velma (not sure of the middle) and Harry (my guess is for Harold, and again don’t know the middle) on his maternal side. Emmeline and George, I believe on his paternal, but not sure.

I’m not one for family naming, but I would feel ok using, if necessary Axel, Elliott, Marcella, Arlene, and Emmeline. There are enough Marys in the family already, and it’s my sisters middle name to pass on if she chooses. My middle name comes from my dad Leigh, and would probably be the only name I’d consider passing on, though Axel is extremely cool:)

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:

September 23rd, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Maternal: Delores Ann and Robert ??

Paternal: Mary Joy and Ferd Lynn

5kids1mom Says:

September 10th, 2016 at 10:56 pm

Maternal: June Beverly and Philip Richard
Paternal: Dorothy Ann and Robert Thomas
Maternal greats: Nathalie Irene, Guy Theodore (adoptive) Raymond Curtis and Lillian (biological); Pauline and Guy
Paternal greats: Harry and Ella; Warren and Gladys

June is my middle name. I’d use Warren, Irene, Harry, Theodore, Pauline, Thomas.

I have my genealogy mapped out for generations going back to Rome and beyond in some lines and the names are my favorite part.

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