What’s Your Middle Name?

middle names

It might be embarrassing.

Or kind of a snooze.

Maybe it tells a story about you or your family.

Maybe you’ve changed it.

Today we’re going to reprise that fifth grade playground conversation and answer that revealing question: What’s your middle name? ย Do you love it or hate it? ย And what’s the story behind it?

Since so many of us on Nameberry are anonymous, it might be fun to know each other’s middle names if not first or last names.

My middle name is (excuse me if I yawn) Ann. ย Yes, it’s a bland midcentury connective, but it was also the name of my mother’s oldest friend.

In adolescence, I jazzed it up my adding the confirmation name Mary, mostly so that my initials would be P.A.M.: clever!

And after I took my husband’s surname, I began using my maiden name Redmond as my middle name.

Now….what’s YOUR middle name?

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lovelynames Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:11 am

My middle name is Dawn! My mom told me she considered Brooke and Elaine but one day at work my Dad met a “Dawn” and that’s what they chose! I happen to like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tristan Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:13 am

Marie. Like a lot of other people, I imagine.

My daughters’ middle names are:

Marie
Patricia
Beatrice
Penelope

I got more and more creative with their middle names.

rgp19 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:14 am

My middle name is Garcia (my mother’s maiden name).

Tristan Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:14 am

I do like my middle name. It might be a common one, but I think it’s a pretty name in its own right.

Wildsyringa Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:17 am

Mine is Anne. Some might think its dull, but I’ve always loved it. Much more enduring and classic than my first name. In fact, I like it so much that I named my first daughter Annabel.

Jamesina66 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:20 am

Alvina (AL-vi-nah) I was named after my mother’s uncle whose middle name was Alvin. I was born on his birthday. It is nice to have a unique middle name even if I have to correct the pronunciation and deal with folks singing “Elvira” to me. It isn’t even my middle name people!

Claredelune Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:22 am

My middle name is Margaret, and I wish it was my first. As Wildsyringa said, it’s much more enduring and classic than my first name as well. (My first name isn’t Clare, as my username might suggest.) Margaret is my grandmother’s first name, and I love the connection to her, and how classic and full of nickname potential it is.

etkatie Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:25 am

Mine is Jane. After Jane in Pride and Prejudice ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a bit boring, but flowed really well with my first and last names as a kid and works with my married name also, so I think my parents did well. My husband’s MN is Edwin after his father. He was named for his father’s closest friend who was killed in WWII, leaving no siblings or children. I think that’s a pretty cool MN story and we gave the same MN to our eldest son.

amylin15 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:35 am

My middle name is Lin. Both of my parents like the way Amy Lynn sounds, but my father’s ex-girlfriend was Lynn so they changed the spelling to avoid the connection. I don’t think they actually did avoid it, as I’ve heard that story a million times now, but oh well. I think it’s a fine middle name. Kind of meh. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either.

onelove19 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:44 am

My middle name is Jane and though I have never gone by it formally, family members have often called me Jane or Janey. My husband loves it so much he wants a future daughter (though he thinks he is done) to carry this name! I have always loved it and have it on the list for potential (and I think yes) #3 (and if not as a first, to carry on as a middle). My kiddos middle names are: Rose and Edward (and that is my DH’s as well)

Rin Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:45 am

Mine is Lucy — my mum had a cat by that name but loved it (the cat AND the name) so much she used it as my middle!

AmelieAmour Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:51 am

My middle name is Renรฉe. I really like it because it’s not to common and it’s French (I love the French language).

I’m named after my dad, whose middle name is Ray and since Renรฉe sort of rhymes with Ray, that’s the name I got. ๐Ÿ™‚

Westfall620 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:52 am

Mine is Morgan. My mom planned to originally name me Morgana Faye, but got so much criticism over it being a witch’s name. She sufficed to use it as my middle name. I think it’s different, it’s not to popular and usually people can’t guess that M stands for Morgan rather than Marie.

southern.maple Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:56 am

Madison

Essentially the story is this: My dad, for some unfathomable reason, was pushing really hard for Felecia in the middle spot. My mom was horrified and suggested Madison – one of the names they were considering for a boy – and it stuck. Madison is a very old family name on my dad’s side, and while I can appreciate that heritage, Madison has always been manly and unattractive to me.

geeknamezyo Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:01 am

Mine is Beth. I kind of hate it.

Circus85 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:02 am

My middle name is Mary. It’s also my Mum’s middle name, my grandmother’s, and was my great grandmothers, and the first name of two of my great great great grandmothers (my great grandma was given the middle name in honour of her two grandmothers – and so the chain began!).
I grew up hating the name – I always felt like it was so daggy and it’s sing-songy with my first name. BUT I have recently started watching Downton Abbey, and, as lame as this sounds, it has allowed me appreciate the name!
I debate whether or not I will pass the tradition on to a future daughter!

allythys Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:08 am

Mine is Marie, like so many others but I think it flows well with my first name. That’s probably why so many people choose it. My mom said once that it was for a family friend of my dad’s. I’m the only one of my sisters who doesn’t have a ‘n’.

IsabelleMarie Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:10 am

My middle name is Marie! I’ve grown to like it nice and simple. Easy to pronounce in both English and French.

allthatglitters Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:12 am

Alyssa. No story behind it– my parents just thought it was pretty! I happen to agree.

opelle Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:13 am

My middle name is Whitney. It is my maternal grandfather’s mother’s maiden name. I understand that is hard to follow so to simplify, my great-grandmother’s maiden name. Since it is such a deeply rooted family name I get to share it with an uncle and a few cousins. It makes me feel connected to generations passed. And now I am living in the area where the original Whitneys of my heritage lived so I feel a very special connection to my ancestors.

NellieDellie Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:21 am

Nicole. Prefer it to my first name.

Darci Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:24 am

My middle name is Victoria, after my maternal grandmother. It also started my parents on the tradition of giving each child a Spanish middle name (my mother’s from Mexico). I’ve always loved it, for awhile in junior high I liked it better than my first name. I’ve adapted it into my own tradition with my daughter-pairing a top 100 middle name with a more unusual first name, and the middle name being for someone. Her middle name is Andrea for her father Andre.

LolaMarie Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:27 am

Mine is Rutledge. Family name. I used to hate it when I was a kid, but now I love it, because it’s so steeped in history.

garnet Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:39 am

My middle name is Loraine (for my grandmother), and I adore it.

MilenaViolet Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:49 am

Mine is Michelle because Mum liked it. I like that I share the same middle as one of my closest cousins even though it wasn’t previously a family name.

nakopiiri Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:06 am

Mercedes. I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

linda Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:08 am

At the instigation of his grandparents, my husband was named Christopher Robin–which turned out to be pretty appropriate, as he’s written two books about Winnie the Pooh.

smooshaloo Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:13 am

Mine is Simone! I used to really dislike it, but I’ve come around to love it. It used to bother me that it wasn’t a family name,(neither is my first name)but now it makes me feel WAY better about not feeling like I HAVE to choose family names for my own kiddos ๐Ÿ™‚

nlane825 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:17 am

My middle name is Anne. It is my mom’s middle name as well as my great grandma’s and I love it. I always thought it was so simple and pretty and I loved the family connections. (I also loved writing it because it was so much easier to write in cursive growing up than my first or last names.) I definite hope to pass it (or Grace since Anne means Grace) onto a daughter someday soon.

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:20 am

Mine is also Anne and its a family name. My mum and grandma have it in the middle and its my great grandmas name (Annie). I will pass it on definitely

LisaJenise Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:24 am

My middle name is Jenise. I’ve always loved it and have never met another, at least spelled the same way. I’ve met Jeanniece, Jennice, and Jenice.

I was named after a distant step cousin of my mothers who lived her whole life until 18 in the Bayou in Louisiana, then came to the city and went to college and finally became a lawyer.

shyshutterbug Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:26 am

My middle name is Grace, which is also what I go by. I’ve never been called my first name. My mother had wanted a Gracie since she was a teenager, and that’s what she got. (Of interest, I’m a second generation middle namer. My mom’s middle name is Christine, and she goes by Chris.)

sapphires Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:33 am

Charlotte.

sarahmezz Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:50 am

My middle name is Elizabeth. It’s the same middle name as my great mother, aunt and cousin, but my mother says she chose the name independently of them – my parents just liked the name! I would like my future daughter to have Elizabeth as a middle name and, in fact, I’m actually quite keen on Elizabeth as a first name! I think it’s a lovely name.

milo2011 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:05 am

Michelle, was going to be my fist but Dad didn’t like the nickname Shelley which Mum would have called me!

Reubsmum77 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:19 am

I have 2 middle names and am the only one in my family to do so. They are Louise and Margaret. Margaret is the name of both my grandmothers so it honours them. Louise I think is just a filler so my name flows.
I like both of them but I’m not sure I’ll pass them on. If I have another daughter I’d probably use Pearl instead of Margaret.

Saranel Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:26 am

My middle name is Elizabeth. I share this middle name with my mother, my two younger sisters, and probably a solid 75% of other Sara(h)s I meet. This is actually a favorite subect of mine. Just today I collected two stranger’s middle names. A little girl named Clodagh had the middle name Elizabeth and a twenty something woman with hawaiian ancestry had the middle name Malia.

Natalie_Joanita Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:52 am

Mine is Joanita which is pretty unique. It’s a mixture of my grandmothers names- Joan and Nita. I don’t particularly like it, I have been asked if its Juanita spelled wrong (?!? I can spell my own name!!) my sisters middle is more legit, it’s a mix of my grandfathers names – Jack and Colin – to make Jacqueline.

Orangerolls Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:55 am

Mine is Christabel after Christabel Pankhurst, the suffragette and the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Was going to be my first name, but my mum got told it wouldn’t work with my last name. I hated it when I was young, for some reason, but now I love it. It’s such a pretty name and I like that it’s unusual with a bit of history behind it.

goldielocks Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:04 am

Mine is Harrison… so I’m Lila Harrison. To tell you the truth I’m not a huge fan, don’t get me wrong I love the name but not for a girl. It doesn’t have any significance, so it’s not a family name…it’s just Harrison. My mum picked it just because she liked it. If I called a daughter Lila Harrison now I think people would love it, but back in the 80’s people cringed. It could be worse I guess…

faraway_dance Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:21 am

My middle name is Kate and I’ve grown to love it. I actually when my Katie until middle-school… but then I wanted to go by my first name again. It is the combination of the first letters in my grandparents’ names, so not a big story, but still meaningful.

Jasey101 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:27 am

Rachelle. I LOVE my middle name ๐Ÿ™‚

JulietScarlet Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:51 am

Mine’s Juliet. Although I was named after my favourite auntie, I used to really loathe it because it always seemed too girly and frilly for me. Now oddly enough, I’ve grown to really like it. Maybe it’s because it’s such a strong and beautiful name or maybe because its femininity balances out my unisex first name.

sarahmezz Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:54 am

@datable: I’m Sarah Elizabeth, too! I agree, it’s a very common combination! At least Elizabeth is a beautiful and classic name!

sarahmezz Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:56 am

Sorry, that should say @saranel! Stupid iPhone!

bluejuniper Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 5:26 am

I love my middle name! It’s Olivia, which I guess was a little ahead of it’s time because I’m in my early 30’s ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s kind of a family name – my mother’s middle name is Olive, which came from her grandmother. Her name was Olive Vera, so mum kind of ran them together to get Olivia for my middle ๐Ÿ™‚

rachel27 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 5:58 am

My middle name is Allison, after my Grandmother (whose name is Alice). I might prefer Alice as a name, but Allison flows better. It’s funny, though — I really feel no ‘connection’ to the name Allison. Does anyone else feel this way about their middle?

SuperZombieMom Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:16 am

My middle name is Ann-Marie. I love my middle name. My parents let my sister, who was six at the time, choose my full name. She named me after the actress Lesley Ann Warren and then just added the Marie.

laurenevelyn Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:22 am

Evelyn, named after my great-great-grandmother Florence Evelyn, who I met when I was baby. I have always liked it and sometimes wished it was my first as Lauren is so so common for my generation. I’m not sure if I will pass it on or not.

ap123 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:47 am

Faith, for my great-grandmother Marguerite Faith who passed shortly before I was born. My older sister was also named for our paternal grandfather, my mother for her aunt, etc, so it is a bit of a family tradition to name after older/passed on relatives. I do really like it and I think it flows nicely with my four-syllable first, and I can’t think of anyone else I know with Faith as a mn. However, I don’t think I’d pass it on because everyone assumes it was used for religious reasons, and I’d rather use my own grandmother’s firsts or middles as a way of keeping the tradition alive.

pea Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:52 am

Amanda,for my mother and Jessica because that’s what my father wanted to call me.

VelvetCrush Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:59 am

Sarah. It’s neither here nor there, like vanilla ice cream.

Roux Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:00 am

I have two middle names, the first is Holly, because I was born in December, and the second is my mom’s last name (she kept it). I’ve always liked the name Holly and thought of it in some respects as “my name” since my first name, Rachel, comes from my great-grandmother. (I love this connection, but I also love having a name that is not linked to anyone else that I know, that’s just mine: Holly). As for my second middle name, it’s okay, but I’ve found it’s caused some confusion as I’ve often been mislabeled as Rachel W-S. I do think it’s cool, however, that if I really wanted to I could just go by my middle name and have a whole new name, Holly W!

theb4ndit Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:18 am

My middle name is Storm. When my parents were naming me, my dad used to be a HUGE X-Men fan and my mom had a thing for nature names.

zaelia Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:22 am

Emelia is my middle name chosen to honor my maternal great grandmother who emigrated from Sweden to the US in the early 1900s. Perhaps because of this connection I have felt a lifelong draw to Sweden and have ultimately moved there. Sometimes I wonder what Emilia would say to that after all she gave up to start her new life! I like to think she would be glad that the family didn’t lose all ties to her homeland. (And yes, her name was Emilia but mine is Emelia- my mother misspelled it)

CaribbeanQueen Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:32 am

Mine is Lois; I’m starting to like it, and others seem to nowadays as well. I would be open to using it for a future middle or first.

HerMajesty Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:34 am

McKinzi Dawn. I love both my middles, and having two is better than one, right?
McKinzi has a unique spelling, because my Mother didn’t like the spelling Mackenzie because a gjrl she had known had gone by Mackie, and she didn’t like that. Okay, rewind for a second, it was going to be my first name, but it obviously is not. Anyhow, she was not sure how to spell it, but the the spelling she came up with always made me feel cooler than my friends who had just Dawn, Bell, and Lee.
So if McKinzi was original first, Dawn was middle. It was my moms mn, and they had already named my older brother after dad, so when they changed my first name last minute, they just tacked on the original name behind it.

HonoredAura Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:37 am

Mine is “Ruth,” the first name of my late great-grandmother.

shinysarah11 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:37 am

As a Sarah, I’m sure you can guess my middle name: Elizabeth. I love it though. It’s 2 classic timeless names that will never go out of style. I guess I never realized just how many Sarah Elizabeths there are out there!!

My twin sister’s middle name is Christine, so our names have the same amount of letters (so we don’t fight).

laununez Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:49 am

Mi middle name is Venecia. Yes, the spanish version of Venice. My parents named me in honor of my paternal grandmother.

Mego0801 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:56 am

I very proudly have Ann as a middle name! It is a family name that I love very much, my grandmother, Aunt, and a niece all have the middle name Ann, and my future daughter will have Ann as her middle name as well! My best childhood friend’s middle name is Ann, we loved having that in common ๐Ÿ™‚ I love my middle name and am proud to have it and pass it on!

larkub101 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:59 am

My name is Larissa Courtney. I’m fairly certain that my mother picked purely from sound, but it actually makes sense because it means “of the court” and before my sister and I came along, our mother was a court reporter!

sharwell Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:59 am

My middle name is Nichol (pronounced like Nicole). I like it and like the unique spelling to set me apart.

sophiekihm Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:07 am

Louise. Not common as a first name, but surprisingly common as a middle.

coley2704 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:19 am

Anastasia. It was my maternal grandmother’s first name, but everyone always called her Ann.

florie33 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:31 am

My middle name is Ann and I love it! It was my Grandmother’s name and I am very honored to embrace the name Ann! If I have a daughter, her mn will be Ann and not as a filler but as an honor. ๐Ÿ™‚

Name_Walrus Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:31 am

Mine is Andrew, named after my dad’s favorite person from the New Testament (I come from a very religious family), which led to my nickname Drew, which I’ve been called since birth. I do like it better than my first name, David – not sure why, I just do. I think I’m lucky, because I was almost David Christopher, which would’ve led to the nickname Topher, my parents being very into nicknames, which I know I would’ve despised.

Sareli Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:34 am

Add another Sarah Elizabeth to the list!

vicioustrollop9 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:38 am

Beth. Not very interesting, but my parent’s chose it so I would have the same initials as my dad (and his dad and his dad’s dad, as he is a third). Now my nephew has the same initials too, so it is a nice family connection ๐Ÿ™‚ When I marry I plan to move my last name into a middle spot so I will still have the initials, plus one from my hubby!

TheFutureMrsB Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:38 am

Plain old boring Elizabeth picked by my grandmother because it sounded good. I hate how common it is and that it was picked as a filler, if there had been some meaning behind it I might have loved it. My brother also has a filler middle name, Alexander.
Sharing for my BILs for a second, two of them have awesome middles. Howland and Garrison both are family surnames. Everyone in DH’s family has a name (first & middle) that is a family name.

TheFutureMrsB Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:40 am

Oh yeah, when I get married I’m torn between dropping my.last name completely or adding it as a middle. I might just drop it but I hare losing the distinctiveness of it and become another Baker.

littlemissmariss Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:42 am

Lynette’s my middle name, though I’m not one to be embarrassed by it <3 I actually like my middle more than my first <3

loughmanno Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:43 am

Michele, after the Beatles song chosen by my dad.I don’t mind it. My first name is Heather, and both in my opinion are not too spectacular. But still mine.

Titus245Mama Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:48 am

My middle name is Leigh. It’s a bit more distinctive than “Lee”, which is my dad’s middle name and what his dad’s middle name was. For several reasons, we decided to ditch that tradition for our own children.

Maerad Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:49 am

My middle name is Louise. It’s because my parents thought I was going to be a boy and I would have been Lewis after my maternal grandfather. As it is, I’m a girl and my parents didn’t like the name Louise enough to give it as a first name. So I got Caroline Louise instead.
(Incidentally, when my elder sister was born my Dad refused to name her Caroline because he didn’t like it… 3 years later, apparently it’s fine.)
Louise is somewhat of a filler middle name for my year group, but mine has a meaning.

maggiefromcanada Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:52 am

Mine is Clรฉmence, after my great aunt. I like it as it’s a link to my family in Europe. As a kid, I liked it because no one could ever guess my middle name from the initial “C”.

darabelle87 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:53 am

Mine is Marlynne (mar-LYNNE, mar rhymes with car). It’s also my grandmother’s middle name. I love it, although I do usually have to correct peoples’ pronunciation, as most mistake it for Marilyn or Marlin.

MandaPantalones Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:53 am

Kathleen, it’s my maternal grandmother’s first name.

VioletInk1231 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:54 am

My middle name is Elizabeth. I was given the name after two of my great-grandmothers. When I was younger I didn’t care for it. Now I love it. Mainly because it’s a family name, but also because I love history (Queen Elizabeths I & II) and I love Pride and Prejudice.

Ijustlovenames Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:54 am

My middle name is Emily which was going to be my first name but it was like number 1 on the most popular names list for my birth year so I am glad its my middle name as there is nothing more confusing than having 3 Emily’s in the same class at school.

AlfieJoe Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:02 am

Louise, I like it after both grandmothers Ida Louise and Ruth Louise

RW12112011 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:03 am

My middle name is Irene and I love it. My first name is Rebecca. I was named after two great grandmothers, one from each side. I have always loved that special connection. Not many people share my middle name either which I liked.

kyemsma Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:08 am

My middle name is Marie, after my grandmother. When I got married, took my maiden name as my middle name.

dixiegirl02 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:09 am

My middle name is Michelle. It’s ok but it has no real meaning, just something both my parents agreed on. I will use my maiden name as my middle name when I get married. I plan to put more thought into my own children’s middle names.

hldevine Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:15 am

Louise after my mother’s great aunt Louise. I used to hate it but now I’m planning to use it as a middle if I have a second daughter. I gave my daughter the mn Katherine after one of my grandmothers.

Kibby Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:26 am

Surprised not to see more, but mine is Irene, after my grandmother who passed away when my dad was a child. I like it okay but only because of the family connection.

ladymullady Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:26 am

My middle name is Elizabeth, which isn’t terribly interesting but I’ve always liked it. My parents picked it out partially because of Elizabeth from the Bible and partially because it was my mom’s best friend’s name.
My kids’ middle names are
Umida (an Uzbek name meaning “hope”)
Clement (we just liked it)

caitypete Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:39 am

Rose is my middle, named fully after my great-grandmother. I never liked it, always thought it was a little prissy. But I’m more ok with it as an adult now.

Cupcake3690 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:39 am

Mine is Grace. Some may think it plain or as a filler but I adore it. My brother actually picked it out and he was only five years old at the time.

My confirmation name is Brigid which is my great grandmother’s name, my mother’s middle, the name of my primary school, a celtic goddess and happens to be the confirmation name of my best friend (Who I didn’t meet until a few months after).

Leyna Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:45 am

My middle name is Kay. The same as my moms. Growing up I hated it. I didn’t like the sound of it and I wanted my owniddle own middle name. Now that I’m older I still don’t particularly care for it but it’s ok I guess. My last name is really long or else I’d probably have thought about using that when I get married.

Maarten Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:47 am

My middle names are Herman and Johannes. Herman is my father’s and my paternal grandfather’s name, Johannes was my maternal grandfather’s name (although he went by Hans).

The middle name concept isn’t really known in my country, the Netherlands. You just have one, two, three or four given names (more than four is extremely rare).

sarahrose Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:55 am

My middle name is Rose. It was chosen for my great-great grandmother Rosaria, whose name was changed when she came to the United States to Sarah, hence my first name. I do quite like it, even though it’s pretty common, because it does tell a story about my family.

capturedcastle Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:57 am

My middle name is Mae. I guess it’s kind of a family name, although not powerfully so. I really like the spelling with the e at the end.

tk. Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:59 am

Another Elizabeth here. I’m not a Sara, but isn’t Tara close enough? ๐Ÿ˜‰ My mom chose it partially for her best friend at the time, Beth, and partially for flow. I was completely indifferent to it as a kid, but I’ve really grown to love it as an adult. If we had gone a different direction with the names we chose for DD, I would consider Elizabeth for a future child. As it is, a future daughter might get it as a middle.

flyybella89 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:00 am

My middle name is kathleen, after my aunt. She is very progressive and liberal, which made me like the name a lot growing up, but she’s also really naggy, so now my husband teases me about the connection. I still like the name though. My mom and sister both have elizabeth for a great grandmother, and I plan to use my mom’s name (suzanne) for a girl or my husband’s name (ferron) for a boy. @linda that is really cool about your husband being named christopher robin and then growing up to write books about winnie the pooh!

holls1630 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:08 am

My middle name is Jo. Im surprised not to see it yet! When I was younger my mom used to tease me that my birth certificate said Josephine on it and I haaaaaaated it because then my whole family started teasing me calling me Holly Josephina. I was the naughty one when I was little so Holly Josephina got yelled a lot. To this day yelling even my brothers or nephews’ names follwed by Josephina is a normal occurence. Today I actually like Josephine as much as Jo!

JEMama Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:13 am

Elizabeth

bryanna Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:17 am

Mine is Selene, and I’ve always really loved it! So much so that I always wished it was my first name and not my middle.
The only thing that irked me was when I was younger, people would say “Oh, like Celine Dion?”
My mom chose Selene as my middle after her brother’s fiancรฉe who passed in a car accident. Selene was free spirit who was really dear to the family, and my mom wanted to acknowledge that.
My mom also loved the mythological meaning of the name (moon goddess), and has little moons and suns as decoration all over our house (my sister’s middle name is Soleil which means sun).

sansa_nanami Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:18 am

My middle name is April. My first name was after my grandmother, so they let my grandfather pick my middle name, and he chose his birth month as it (I was born in July). He said it was also because the birthstone of April was a diamond and I could be his “little diamond.” Kind of a cute thing to say, so I like it.

Funnily, I’ve always liked month names. Maybe because of my own.

akling Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:20 am

Mine is Elaine, after my paternal grandmother. My older sisters got Grace (after our maternal grandmother) and Beth (because Cassandra Elizabeth was deemed too many syllables). I hated my name when I was younger, but I love it now and hope to pass Elaine on to a daughter someday.

UselessKitty Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:21 am

I can’t get over the amount of Annes, Maries and Elizabeths! Egads!

My middle name is Celina. I have one relative on each side of my family tree named Celina. I love that it is a family name, it is uncommon and it sounds pretty. Also, my parents didn’t realize it when they named me, but both my first and middle name are linked to the Greek goddess of the moon. ๐Ÿ™‚

smarieward Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:22 am

I ended up with Marie which although very popular was a family name. Originally was going to be Nevada which was also a family name. I like Marie.

BOM2014 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:22 am

Elizabeth is my middle name and I always wished it was my first name! It was supposed to be my first – but my parents couldn’t agree on what to call me. Dad wanted “Liz”, Mom wanted “Beth”. I was always so angry they didn’t name me Elizabeth and call me either/both! I always swore I’d name my first daughter Elizabeth and call her “Ella” To solve the debate once and for all! But Ella got so popular, I’m just not sure I could still use it. I still will likely use Elizabeth someday!

tikicatt Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:33 am

I am a Sara that will break the trend. Sara Jane. It works really well in the south where you ALWAYS hear parents call out to their children will both names. Sara Jane get out of that street right now!

Speaking of middle names, in the south we start with middle name query in first grade. I will never forget the first day of first grade and the teacher had us stand up and say our name and if we could say our address. The first child stated her first, middle and last name. Each did the same with their whole name. My friend Kim did not have a middle name. So she stated it as Kim Berly Lastname. She has been Berly ever since!

mclola Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:36 am

Kristeen

my grandmas favorite name was Christian and even though she had five boys my grandpa wouldnt let her use Christian so my dad decided to give me the feminine form. He wanted the German spelling but this is the way my mom filled it out on the birth certificate.
I’ve never really liked it, though I do love the name Christian and even named my son that.

I do love my daughters middle name, Mayfair. It was my grandma and great-grandma middle name and is unique.

tuesdaytea Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:41 am

My middle name is Kaitlan. I don’t love or hate it, but I did always wonder about the odd spelling that my mother chose. Most think it quite odd when they see it spelled out. I would have personally preferred the Caitlin spelling.

PinkPenguin87 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:44 am

My middle name is Jolene. Its an all right name, pretty enough, I guess, but if I hear that Dolly Parton song one more time…

mge28 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:52 am

My middle name is Grace. I’m kind of neutral about it. My name is Madison Grace, but nobody seems to like it on Nameberry. Maidson is “too masculine” and Grace is “overused”, apparently…

Tomorrow Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:57 am

Mine is Elcy. It was my dad’s mother’s name. (My first name is my mom’s mother’s name.) I’ve always liked it, even though people tend to misspell it. I also added a confirmation name – Catherine. I think my name flows really well, and I’m glad that my parents didn’t pick a filler middle name. (Marie, Rose, Grace, Rae…all perfectly nice names, but overused as middles. Though I do have a friend whose middle name is a Ray after a friend of her dad’s who died.)

tarynkay Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:01 am

My middle name is Kay. It’s boring, but its also my mothers middle name and I always loved that we had one of the same names. I think it sounds good with my first name, too. People always ask what the K stands for, and I say, It stands for Kay and then that is confusing. My family used to call me by both when I was little but it didn’t carry into adulthood. Double barreled names seem difficult to keep up with, honestly. Or at least nowadays. I have plenty of older Mary Thorntons and Betty Jos in my family, but I only know one woman my age who goes by two names (Jean Marie).

inkonherfingers Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:04 am

My mom and I share a middle name: Teresa. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I’ve always wished it was less dated. My name (Anne Teresa) tends to sound like the name of an older person rather than the 17 year old I am. But no one misspells it even though it’s relatively uncommon, so I like that.

Gigi_mk Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:04 am

Danielle, my dad’s middle is Daniel, as is my brother’s. My mom and my sister both have middle Lynn, which has always made me grateful for my Danielle even if it came from the boys side, lol!

nanthrax Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:05 am

Rose. After both grandmothers…Rose Emilia and Margaret Rose. I love it!

jpruitt76 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:09 am

My middle name is Louise. I love it because of the family heritage and hope my daughters’ (one or both) will carry it on. It’s my great-aunt’s first name and my mother’s middle name as well as mine. I gave it to my first daughter as her middle name as well (Norah Louise). Both Norah and I have often gone by Jaime Lou and Norah Lou by close family all our lives. Coincidentally, it’s also my MIL’s middle name.

I did add my maiden name as a second middle name after marriage but I only use it on legal documents.

My second daughter’s middle name is a bit of a mouthful, but it’s after two beloved relatives on my side (and we couldn’t be sure we’d have another girl so we used them both): Emmamarie

My son’s middle name is Morris (my mom’s maiden name). My husband’s middle name is John after his paternal grandfather.

My personal philosophy is that the middle name should hold some sort of special significance (ideally a family name). And if a family name, I think the mother’s side should take precedence as the baby typically carries their father’s family surname. And the girls can always keep that family name as a second middle name later in life. Luckily, my husband agreed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

hearttscollide Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:24 am

My middle name is Lynn, which is pretty common, but I love it. My mom chose Lynn for my middle name after her sisters and my dad’s sisters: Lila, Yvonne, Nancy, and Nancy. She’s pretty clever. ๐Ÿ™‚

tori101 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:25 am

Mine is Jane!

It’s my mother’s middle name, she passed it onto me in honour of my grandmother, as her favourite name was Jane, after Jane Eyre. She fell in love with the book and the character, she desperately wanted to name my mother Jane but my Grandfather refused. So my mum was named Laura Jane. My Grandmother was there at my birth so my parents in honour of her decided to name me Victoria Jane. Along with this it’s the female variant of the name John which is a big family name.

I love it! It’s my favourite name at the moment.

kat77 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:29 am

Surprised not to see more Roses as a middle name. That is mine- my dad wanted it as a first, but they didn’t like the sound of Rosie Doherty, so it became a middle, but my dad still calls me Rosie. So I don’t see it as filler and kept it as a middle when I married. My daughters have family names for middles- one for an aunt, one for a grandma (Rosemunde and Elaine)

theresazoe Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:30 am

Irene Anne. Irene was my dad’s mom’s fn and Anne was my mom and her mom’s mn. I like them; I like how they flow, I like Irene and how uncommon it is, and I like my more uncommon spelling of Anne. For my Confirmation name I chose Zoe because it mean’s spiritual life and, in my family, it’s a tradition to then add that name to your full name. My daughter has two middles like me, as will all my kids.

spotlightstarlit Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:53 am

Carolina! Which I adore. My parents were living in the Texas desert, five minutes from the Mexican border, when it came time to name me. Mum missed her beautiful homeland and thus was I named.

I use Carolina regularly- as a pen name- and will often place orders using the only nn I enjoy from my names- Caro.

haleyangie Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:55 am

Mine is Angelina (hence my username). It was my great grandmothers name, and that is basically the whole story! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lunaaah Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:58 am

Summer. Sommer is my mother’s last name, so they changed the spelling, so it was more “middle name appropriate”. I like it. It’s nice and summery, of course!

Thealove Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:58 am

My middle name is Charlotte. It hasn’t got very interesting story. My mother wanted a strong middle name. She choosed Fai. I am glad for that she was dissuaded fastly by my father. He suggested Charlotte – his sister’s middle name. I am sure I used to hate my name, if it was Emma Fai. But now I like it.

cookiesnatcher Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

My middle name is Grace, after my grandma. It’s also my favorite cousin’s first name, and I’ve always thought it was cool that we got to share a name.
As a name, I never especially liked Grace, but now it’s getting kind of popular, so I guess it can’t be all that bad!

name-obsession Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Just another Marie over here. I love my middle name, despite it’s “filler” nature and the fact that everyone and their sister share it with me. My moms best friend growing up was Ann Marie, and I got the Marie. Natalie Marie is a fine name. I may add in two other names, to honor my grandmothers… Or I may just wait for kids.

catheyc Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Oh, I love Carolina!! I knew a girl with that first name and have loved it ever since. I wish I had the guts to use it as a first name, but it would be weird because we are so far from having any Spanish heritage at all or even knowing anyone with Spanish heritage, so everyone would pronounce it wrong also.

Mine is Carroll, a family name. I love it because I feel connected to my ancestors through it.

abbeyroad Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Mine is Rose. Growing up I loved it because it actually seemed unique when all my friends had Anne and Marie as their middles. Now it’s funny that Rose has become one of the go-to middles.

SofiaCapricorn87 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

My middle name is Maria. I share it with my mother, and it’s a way to honor my grandmother Mary.

skateblinder Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

My middle name is Rene. Thats right, one e on the end, just like a million boy’s in France. I am not a fan, especially combined with my nickname (which I go exclusively).

I knew a girl who would never reveal her middle name, not even to her close friends, until finally a teacher accidentally said it in class and she was MORTIFIED. Want to know what the name was? Helene. HELENE! It went great with her first name and it was actually her great grandmothers name who did something extraordinary in her life (I forget the details).

LuluBoo Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Mine is Phoebe I was born in 1999 and all my friends middle names are Louise and Nicole. But now I’m happy that mine is different also it honours my great great grandmother who cared for my nanna growing up. I love it now.

mermuse Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

My middle name is Lynn. I know it is a generic connector middle name, but I like it. I think it is pretty, I like the meaning, and I love having the middle initial “L.” (“L” is my favorite letter.)

BerryBry Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Mine is Rhian… I really do love it. It was chosen to show our Welsh background, which I am very proud of. My sister’s is Bronwen. A future child of mine would be either first named or middle named Angharad or Rhys.

emmybee Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Eileen–it has been in the family for three generations, it is my grandmother’s name, my mother’s middle name, and will be one of my daughter’s middle names too.

SammieBug Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Mine is Bea, a name I have grown to like over the years. It is named after my great grandmother Bertha, which was a name my mother didn’t like. So instead of becoming Samantha Bertha, I was Samantha Bea. I used to hate my middle name, but I like that it is a little unique.

N3011 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

my middle name is Marie
and i find a lot of people to have it but that doesn’t bother me in the slightest i love my name and the rhythm it has
“Chantel Marie”
all french including my last name “LeBlanc”
and i share my middle name with one of my most favorite family members one i have a mother daughter bond with ( my god mother and Aunt Lisa Marie)
So all and all im happy with my middle name and name in general ๐Ÿ™‚
props to my mama <3

MotherBambi Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

My middle name is Darlene and it is a family name. I have always loved it because no one I knew had it as a middle name, it made me feel special when I was a little girl. And now that I am older and have a child of my own I feel like the family connection makes it special.

akky3210 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Diane. (Incidentally, it’s what I got my pen name Diana from).

It was my grandmother’s first name, so it has a very special place in my heart. There’s a family story related to it, but it’s too personal to share online. ๐Ÿ™

Mischa Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

My middle name is Alice. I was named after my aunt and godmother Alice. Since my first name was just a name my parents liked, I guess I’m glad I received Alice to honour a family member. My two older siblings were named after people so it’s nice not to be left out. I actually prefer my middle name to my first name (Mischa is a nickname btw).

roselang Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I think I’m the third Irene!! Irene is also my paternal grandmothers middle name. Growing up I always thought I had an old lady name; Roseann Irene, but I’ve always liked it anyway;)

Elizabeth567 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Mine is Catherine, which I never really loved, especially since I always had to say Catherine with a C. But, I am named after my grandma and I do love that ๐Ÿ™‚

niteowl13 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Susanne – I was named after my mother’s friend and her middle name is Anne, my mother’s name is Susan, so, I guess they combined them and that is why it is spelled with an S not a Z

encore Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Lynn ๐Ÿ™‚

NiamhEthna Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I have two middle names, And i love them!
They are Ethna and Patricia.
Ethna is irish like my first name, Niamh. And Patricia is my mum’s middle name.
Niamh and Ethna together mean ‘Bright’ and ‘Little Fire’, so its Bright Little Fire.
I think that was why mum chose them.
I love them.

peacelovepurple Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Mine is Bess. I really, really…um, dislike it.

milliejones Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

My middle names are Katherine Marie – Katherine after a church in Florence my mum and dad fell in love with, Marie because its tradition to give it as a fn or mn to the first born girl, so my mum had it as a first, nan’s sister for a middle, great-gran for a first, great-great-gran for a middle etc etc. I love both of them although they are both quite traditional as they have a lot of meaning behind them along with my first (Amelia) so will definitely keep up the 2 mn and ‘Marie for a first’ tradition ๐Ÿ™‚

AverellaDavina Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Dawn. I really like it as my middle name but there is no way that I would want it as a first name. My parents chose it because they loved the meaning, break of day. I might consider passing it on to a daughter as a middle name one day.

mckennapaulette Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

My middle name is Paulette, after my moms brother, Paul, who passed away just days before I was born.

purplekitty5773 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

My middle name is Faith because my parents tried for three years to have a to get pregnant and they had faith in God that he would bless them with a baby. My little sister, Addisyn’s, middle names are Alline (pronounced Eileen) and Hope. Alline because it was the middle name of my step mom’s grandma who died a few weeks before Addisyn was born and Hope because she my only sister and we have the connection of “Hope and Faith”. Her initials are A.A.H.H. ( like “ah” a breath of fresh air)

LexieM Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I have two middle names Sophie M_____. (Sorry I don’t list the second because it’s very distinct and rare – I’m fairly sure if you could find me with my fn and two mn’s even without my last name. I love both. Sophie is after both of my maternal-great-grandmothers and M_____ follows a family tradition. I’m sure some of you have read that I choose both of them myself when I was 8.

My SO’s mn is Connolly – after his mothers maiden name, it’s also his sisters mn.

I’m with @futuremrsb. If I got married I wouldn’t want to drop my mn’s (I did choose them after all), I also wouldn’t want to give up my very rare LN for my SO’s very common Smith-like LN. (Maybe he’ll take mine – though I doubt that.)

purplekitty5773 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Oh also her middle name,Alline Hope, sounds like “I lean on hope.”

elrock13 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

My middle name is Charis, the Greek word for grace. So basically, my middle name is Grace, but cooler. The annoying part is that people also spell it Caris, Karis, or Carys, and that creates some confusion.

Annasage Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

My middle name is Sage. My mother really liked it for a first name, but my father didn’t, so into the middle name slot it went. I love it though, and want to pass it down to a future daughter. It’s getting trendy though, from what I can tell, but who knows how long that will last. I even received a complement about my middle name the other day! ๐Ÿ™‚

flamingo Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Mine is Julia, for my great grandmother. I’ve always loved it, and always will!

raptreverie Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

My middle name is Emily – I think I’ve only seen one other so far even though it was such a common first in our time! My first name is much more uncommon (ranked 701 the year I was born and currently at 649), so it was always nice to have a ‘normal’ name to fall back on. I was always glad that it wasn’t my first, though! I’m not sure how Emily was specifically chosen, but my mother wanted the name to start with an ‘E’ to honor her grandmother Edith. Even though Emily is a bit boring, I do think it sounds wonderful with my first name!

Trillium Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Mine is Gillian. I haven’t seen it on here yet, I guess it’s pretty rare! I used to hate it because in addition to it sounding very clunky with my Scottish last name, it was also chosen on a whim. A friend of a friend of my mom’s who she met briefly while pregnant was named Jillian and my family convinced her the G was the proper spelling. I got “Gilligan’s Island” a lot when people read my name. Pronounced it’s no different from Jillian. It has taken my years to like my full name, but I’m definitely appreciating it more these days. I’ve heard a lot of people love the name Gillian from the movie Bell, Book, and Candle which I would really like to watch one of these days. Anyway there you have it!

violetgray Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

My middle name is my brother’s first name. He insisted that my parents use his name as my middle name. I HATE it. Its a unisex name but still… it makes my name sound really cutesy or like I’m a southern belle. Its quite generic. I always wished I had a more usable middle name so I could go by it instead of my first name. But alas…
It’s Leigh
My sister’s is Ann
My brother’s is Michael

I feel like if anything the middle name spot is a place to express yourself. Middle names can give even the most common names character. I wish my parents had been a little more creative or at least given me a more substantial middle name that I could go by.

ClaireElise Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I have two, actually. Elise, which my parents just liked with Claire, and Renshaw, which is my mother’s maiden name. I’ve always liked that connection to her, and have loved having 2 middles! I plan to do the same thing with my own children’s names one day. 1

JH Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

My middle name is Kathleen. I guess my parents were thinking of having it be my first name, but my two older sisters have ‘K’ names and they didn’t want all of us having the same beginning sound.

detty Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

My first and middle were ‘Helen Odette’. Due to many negative experiences in school, and my main bully being a ‘Helen’ I resolved to legally swap them round 3 years ago. So now I am ‘Odette Helen’ (Odette is my grandmother’s name, I love it) but am still desperate to find one or two middles to replaceme the ‘Helen’ part.. might make it a question on forum here soon! :o)

magicalmer Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

My middle name is Eve, I love it because both of my two siblings have scriptural names as well. It’s simple, but pretty!

susan.n Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Mine is Helen. For a while I disliked it(same with my first name actually) because it was unusual and I wanted to have the same middle names that my friends had. Now I actually like it, although I wish my parents had given me a Vietnamese middle name like my brothers and all of my other Vietnamese friends.

Jade_M Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Mine is Idella (eye-della) after my great grandmother. She passed away right before i was born, and my mom looked up to her like she was her own mom. Fun Fact: My G.Gma’s real name was Johanna Idella. There were too many JoAnns, JoAnnas and Johannas so she decided to go by her middle name, Idella

cece13 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Ha ha my name is Cecilia (LOVE it!!!), but my middle name is Helen, mostly after my great grandmother on my dads side, but also a close friend of my mom’s. I love my middle name. I also use my mother’s maiden name, Floura (like Flora), as a second middle name, but it isn’t legally my middle name.

Clemency Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I was born in 1968, so of course my middle name is Ann. Sad. When I was very young, I actually thought it was “and.” Like a way to link my first and last name–Jane “And” Doe.

Seriously, most of my friends growing up had the middle names Ann, Lynn, or Marie. Lee & Renee were very popular middles, too.

MaryKathryn Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

My full name is Mary Kathryn H and I prefer to go by my middle name Kathryn, but a lot of people call me Mary Kathryn.

edenlyla13 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Mines Lyla. It’s a family name and my mom decided to give her first and only daughter it as a middle name. ๐Ÿ™‚

jenjenbarnes Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

My middle name is Lynn (not a cute Lin like @amylin15). My mom’s two best friends in High School were Lynn and Len…so just gave me the name after them. Can’t say that I love it but I don’t despise it either. It’s just kind of there…

Just like @Clemency everyone one of my friends growing up had the middle name Lynn, Ann, or Marie.

I have recently met a ton of girls (my sister in law included) who don’t have middle names and their moms hope to have them take on their maiden name as a middle when they get married. When my sister in law got married she decided to just not have a middle name and her mom was devastated! Not sure I would risk it…

anna.bliss Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

My middle name is Christine after my Grandmother! I appreciate the family connection. I have never been terribly in love with it, but I do not dislike it either.My childrens’ middle names are Zane (family name)and Kahana (a Hawaiian name).

momof374 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Mine is Lynn…boring filler from the 70s. My kids middle names are all family names –
Jane (after my mom)
Nicholas (after my dh Grandpa)
Christopher (after my deceased brother)

dixie2010 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Sue. Boring!!!

mariahsweet Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

All our middle names are family names or inspired by family names..

Mine: Alexis (great-grandpa)
Spouse: Milo (grandpa)
Eldest Son: Alexander (great-great grandpa)
Youngest Son: Maxwell (the name my mother was going to give me if I’d been a boy ๐Ÿ™‚

JazzyO Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Esmeralda.
I hated this growing up (especially because I could never remember how to spell it!) but I have grown to appreciate its uniqueness and beauty. When my mom finished reading “Hunchback of Norte Dame” she cried saying if she ever had a little girl, her name would be Esmeralda. My dad vetoed that pretty quickly. So, they compromised and it became my middle name.(My mom must have a thing for Victor Hugo though, because my little sister’s middle name is Cosette!)

Koralreef Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Mine is Ann. My parents chose Ann because I was born on my paternal grandmother’s birthday and her name was Ann and my maternal grandmother’s name was MaryAnn. My husband’s middle name is Thomas which is actually my father and brother’s name and will be the middle name of my future son. ๐Ÿ™‚

maggiemary Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

My middle name is Mary. I’m sure there are countless girls called Margaret Mary out there, but I don’t care, I love my name.

Aurra Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Mine’s Rebecca, after my aunt. I wish it had been my first name, although it isn’t my favorite name in the book. However, for my upcoming birthday I am going to add Lucy as a second middle name. It has meaning to me and it will be the name I plan to go by.
I know three Taylor Maries in the same class. Also, I don’t know whether this is a ’90s thing or not, but many girls I know who have more daring first names (especially unisex/male ones)have Elizabeth as a middle. Bond Elizabeth, Ray Elizabeth, Aidan Elizabeth, Hunter Elizabeth…

There’s an interesting story behind my mother’s middle name, Reed. While it makes her name seem quite unisex (Kelly Reed), it is an old family name. My several-greats grandmother was Patty Reed of the Donner Party, the famous group of emigrants during the gold rush that got stuck in the Sierra-Nevadas. I plan on keeping the tradition going.

ris71 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

My middle name is Nicole, which appears to be the Marie of my birthyear. In my very small elementary school, there were two other girls with the middle name Nicole too! I like how it flows with my first name, however, and it gives me the initials MNM!

ella17 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Louise. I like it.

BethLow Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Mine is Lowri, I think it flows well with my first name. There’s no reason behind it, my parents just wanted a nice Welsh name and that’s what they cam up with.

brynnash Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Mine is Ashley, which I don’t like much at all…partially because I just hate the name Ashley, but also because there is absolutely no reason my parents chose the name. According to them, it was the only name that sounded good with Brynn. I do, however, LOVE that it makes my initials BAM! ๐Ÿ™‚

CDuarte Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Mine is Suzanne. I hated it when I was a girl because I thought it was old fashionned but now I love it. It sounds sophisticated, isen’t too common and means graceful lily! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bronwen Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

My middle name is Bronwen :). I go by Bronwen, but my first name is Emily. I don’t much like Emily, it popularity kind of kills the mood the name setts off.

Madi13 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

My middle name is Lynn. My first name (Madison) clashes with my middle because they both end in -n. And Lynn is a filler (even though my mom’s middle is Lynn.)

evergreen Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Mine is Dianne after my wonderful Grandmother, I love having her name. I added a second middle name recently when I legally changed my surname to my Mother’s last name. I added my Grandfathers name Francis, I kept the masculine spelling.

EmilyVA Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

My middle name is Margaret honoring a whole mess of people on every side of the family. My sister’s middle name is Alexandra honoring a family friend named Alex (his full name was Alexander). In general I like both of these middle names and I favor middle names that honor someone even if it’s just a fictional character.

SoDallas3 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

I have two middle names Emily and Faith.
Emily was a choice my mum made because she originally loved the name Amelia; but met a little girl who was rude and boisterous. My Dad and. Mum settled on Emily both because it was pretty and had a similar sound to Amelia. Faith was my great-grandmother’s church which I was lucky enough to inherit. Even though its a virtue name it never felt too much. I used to goby Emily as a kid occasionally because it wasn’t a popular name in my area & I thought it was pretty. I think I may pass down a variation of Emily eg. Emmeline. But I feel very lucky to have the names that I have ๐Ÿ™‚

AdaGirl11 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Mine is Lee, another all too common connector. My first name is Jennifer. Growing up Jennifer Lee S. in the 80’s, I always had multiple Jennifer’s in my class. Sometimes I wasn’t the only Jennifer S.

Due to my experience, I try to choose a little less popular names for my kids, names with familial significance.

alicia Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Mine is Idalia and I love it!

ballet90 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Blair! I love it! My mom just really liked it so she used it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate it now that I’m old enough to understand it’s Celtic background that we both share.

Pam Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Thank you all so much. Love reading these. I have to say, I’m really struck by what creative middle names most people have. Are people with great middle names more likely to be visiting Nameberry or more likely to answer this question?

CatieLynn Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

My middle name is Lois. It’s the name of my great-grandmother, who was born in the south in the 1800’s, when it was common to give a baby girl a man’s name. Her full name was William Lois Smith. She changed her name to Lois when she was 18, and although I hated the name when I was younger (I thought it was too old fashioned, and it was always mistaken for Louis, which is my grandpa’s name), I love it now! It holds so much history, and is so uncommon nowadays!

GenevieveReine Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Technically I have three or for one given to me at birth Ada, then my conformation name Veronica (which I have dropped after I left the church), one which I picked for myself Molly and my Buddhist name (which I also picked) Dorje.
So Brighid Ada, then Brighid Ada Veronica, then Brighid Molly Ada Veronica, currently Brighid Molly Ada Dorje.

Venezia Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Mine is Venezia after my great grandmother-hated it as a child-but now I like the family connection.

dancingwithdad Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

My middle name is Ruth. When I was younger I didn’t like it, but now I appreciate it for it’s meaning and that it is Biblical. Ruth was an important woman in the Bible. I’m still not very excited about the sound though. From this name, one of my nicknames has been Rufus.

BrittanyM Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Mine is Ann, and I have no attachment to it whatsoever. Like Pam, I tried to jazz it up with my confirmation name, Maria, and I quite like Ann Maria together.

madeliner Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Mine is Rose. I was named after my great-grandmother, the matriarch and rock of the family, who was called Ivy Rose her entire life. When I was 13 we found out that her name was actually Ivy Rosalie, which very few people knew. I feel less of a connection to my middle name now, but I plan on using Ivy or Rosalie as a middle name for a future daughter!

ThadsMom Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Marie. Pretty standard and boring, but it was also my mother and great-grandmothers’ MN.

bex.marie Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

My parents are Cathlioc, so I have the overused middle name Marie. But it doesn’t bother me one way or another. My oldest sister was named after my mom, my middle sister was name after my grandmas and when they had me they just picked something that was a saint name that went well with my saint first name, so there’s no real story or attachment.

It’s fun now though because I’m married and with my husband’s last name my initials are BMW and my husband happens to be an Auto Tech.

XmintieX Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

My middle name is Jade
The story is a bit confusing and long winded but basically All my siblings on my Dad’s side have J middles names.

Kayla_Renee Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

My middle name is Renee (no accent) as you can guess from my username. I love my middle name! I always thought it sounded sassy, my parents got it from a friend who named her daughter Brittany Renee. Brittany’s parents were thrilled when my parents asked to use it as my name ๐Ÿ™‚

Renee5322 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

My middle name is Renee (hence my username). I really like the sound of it, but I do wish it were a little more creative.

jaimetanae Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

My middle name is Tanae. Formed from a combination game my mom’s high school volleyball team played on the bus on the way to tournaments. The game worked like this: take the first letter of your last name and swat it with the first letter of your first name, and voila! Allow the laughing to ensue. Tanae was from my mom’s teammate Renae T(something, I can’t remember now). But Tanae stuck with her, and became her number one middle name for a girl.

I used to not mind it when I was younger, but now I can’t really say I’m a fan. I already get mistaken for a hi-me, because my first name’s Jaime and I live in Texas, so with a middle name like Tanae it’s just more exotic sounding and confusing for the locals. (Lol) And with my brother’s mn Chance, and my sister’s Hope, I just wonder sometimes what the heck my parents were thinking!

That all said, I love the way my name flows, and maybe one day my future grandchildren will think it cool and use it on one of their children ๐Ÿ™‚

dovah Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

My middle name is Leigh– predictable, dependable, boring Leigh. My mother decided it flowed well with my first and last name. There’s no real story behind it.

JustAWriter Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

My middles name is Marie, which must be very common for I’m told that all the time. It’s a tradition in my family to make the first or middle name of every girl Marie or Maria, after one of my relatives from a LONG time ago.

MaeBear24 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Mine is Hilary….after my Dad’s middle name (I am a girl). Hilary used to be a boy’s name and has been used as middle names for the men in my dad’s family for a number of generations. My mum and dad decided to use it on me, a girl, when I was born!

arunciblespoon Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Mine is Elizabeth, also my mothers middle name which is why it was chosen. It goes well with my classic first name. I used to love it as a child but I find it a bit dull as an adult.

StrixOniro Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

My middle name is Michelle, after my mother’s best friend,who is a lot like me.
I like the sound of it.

hazysummerskies Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

My middle name is Aileen. It comes from my grandmother (Alma Aileen) and therefore is a family name. I don’t adore my middle name, but I don’t hate it either. It is tolerable, and it has neither embarrassing or trashy associations. I like the fact it means “light” as it goes well with my first name which means “beautiful.” The main issue I have with my middle name is the way my grandmother pronounced it. They say it “AL-LEEN” but I prefer “EYE-LEEN.”

AvieGrace Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

My middle names are Grace, my Great-grandmother’s name, and Ward, mom’s last name. Together it is Grace Ward which is also my GG’s full name. I love the connection to her even though I never got to meet her.

JenniferMariska Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

My middle name is Mariska (As you can see). My mom met someone named Mariska, and thought about using it as a first name, but the woman named Mariska was not so nice, so the pretty name got tucked in the middle. There was a short phase in middle school where I was slightly embarrassed by it, but by high school I was glad I had something distinct. Most people assume the M stands for Marie if I use a middle initial.

sarahcampbell Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Campbell. My mother’s maiden name. I hated it as a kid (all the “soup” references), but now I really love it. I’ve even considered Campbell as a first name for a someday daughter.

Sarabelle84 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I am another Sara who isn’t Elizabeth too. Sara Hope, after my great grandmother. I have my daughter the same middle, and a few distant cousins also have Hope as their middle. I’ve loved the name since I was a teenager. When I was really young, I was embarrassed bc I thought it was a word not a name! Silly me.

linda Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Interesting how many of us grow into loving our more unusual middle names as adults.

KateMcNameLover Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

My middle name is Frances. Not surprised not to see many others on here. In fact, that’s why I hated it as a kid- the only other kids that had the name were boys (Francis spelling, but still ground for teasing!). I’ve come to like it now though and like the story behind it. When my mom was pregnant with my older sister and then with me, she and my dad would refer their unborn baby “Frances” since they didn’t know if we’d be boys or girls. They planned on not having any more kids after me, so they made sure to incorporate Frances into the name. Turns out they had two little surprises after me, but I’m still happy I got the middle name with meaning!

Janjanners Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I got Marie after my grandmother, Diane Marie who I imagine was partly named after her mother, Mary. I never met my grandma, as she was hit by a car before I was born.

cranberrigirl Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

My middle name is Aileen (Auh-Lean). My first name is Amie. Having a popular name like Amie in the 70’s and 80’s… I wished it had been my first name.

stripedsocks Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Mine is Solomon.

I am a girl, btw.

It was my mother’s maiden name. I am the only child to have gotten it. As a kid I was bitter to not have a girly middle name I could have used instead of my FN but I don’t mind it now.

norskelove Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Mine is Lynn. No significance, my mom just liked how it sounded with my first name.

When I got married, I dropped it and moved my maiden surname to the middle name spot…..it holds much more meaning to me than Lynn.

baileyann1105 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

My middle names (yeah, I have two) are Ann O’Hara.

My maternal and my paternal grandmother both have the middle name ‘Ann’, as does my mother and my paternal aunt. So it had to be included.

It is also a tradition on my dad’s side to use surnames as a middle name, and my great-great-grandmother was Katherine O’Hara.

I actually love my middle names and plan on using ‘Ann (family surname)’ for my first daughter! (Another one will probably be (something) O’Hara; i love double middles! lol)

jillianthebookbutterfly Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

My middle name is a classic filler middle name: Elizabeth.

My parents told me that they almost named me Jillian Marie. My grandmothers’ names are Mary and Maria, and they thought about including family names. But Jillian Elizabeth sounded better (plus, it is also a family name).

My mom wanted to name me Jillian Illena after some Star Track warrior princess but my dad put his foot down. LOL

herblackballoon Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Middle name Rose, first name Kathryn. I loved it growing up, but it’s become so common now…sigh.

I share my middle name with my grandmother, Helen Rose.

MerMaiden6 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

My current middle name is my maiden name, but I was born with the middle name Elizabeth. My mom has a thing for British royal history (we’re American), and for a while was debating calling me Victoria Elizabeth or Elizabeth Victoria. An invented first name won out in the end, but Elizabeth stayed on in the middle spot. Since my first name is unusual, I still use “Liz” or “Lizzie” when a barista needs to write my name on a cup at Starbucks or I need to put my name on a waiting list at restaurant or something like that; everyone knows how to spell and pronounce those!

Zoey_Walker53 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Zoey Nicole.
Nicole because Cole is a family middle name on myfather’s sider, and since my mother thought I’d be my father’s only child, she gave me the feminine version of the name. (Sometimes people call me by my middle name or Nikki because, apparently, I respond better to it. Haha!)

My mother said she almost named me Zoey Faith, and, honestly, I much rather prefer that. Its so pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚

bluesparrow5684 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Molly Kathryn….. Meh

pheebly Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

I’m Phoebe Katherine. Named after paternal great-grandmothers. I’ve been called Phoebe Kates from my family and I love it. I love my whole name. And yes, I realize there is an actress named Phoebe Cates. ๐Ÿ™‚

bertrestored Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Katie Bertina. My great-grandma’s middle name… she went by “Tina”! Thinking of giving it to my daughter if I can find the right first name!

asiabean Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

My middle is Holly because I was born near Christmas. I like it because growing up, all my friends had that standard boring “Marie”, “Jane”, or “Anne” as their middle name so mine was interesting. Except for my one friend whose middle name was Euphamia. She thought it was horrible and refused to tell us for weeks, but I think it’s pretty cool.

NatalieLittleRoman Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

My middle name was Kathleen. My great grandma was Catherine and my mom Kathy. My dads middle name was Lee…so that’s how my parents chose Kathleen. It is now Taliaferro, my maiden name. That’s how I signed the marriage license. My dad and uncle had all girls so I’m trying to hold on to the name. I’m having a boy in a few days and his mn will prob be Tolliver, an anglicized version of Taliaferro commonly used in the US

raqkel Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Lynn

Fairly common connective middle name for my generation and previous generations, but it always felt very special and personal to me. It’s my mother’s middle name as well, and I adore that connection with her.

katybug Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

My middle name is Walker, my grandmother’s maiden name. My parents wanted to name me after their mothers but disliked one’s first and middle names so much that they settled on her maiden name. When I married, I dropped it and changed my middle name to my maiden name, since Walker rhymes with my husband’s surname.

Taza Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

My middle is Avonia. Named after my Great Grandmother Kathleen Avonia.
My Mom planned to give me the middle Grace but my GG misunderstood when Mom said I would be named after her Grandmother. GG was so pleased my mom didn’t have to heart to disappoint her. I love my name and have never met another. I hope one day one of my kids will pass it along.

rkchance Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

My mom was actually very creative with my middle name. She combined the fist two letters of her first and last name. The result was Kara, which I like, but don’t love. Kara balances out my very uncommon (below top 1000) name which is very masculine.

wolv Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Ann. Boring, boring, boring. No story to enliven it. It’s hard to object, but I have always hated it.

coolteamblt Says:

March 7th, 2013 at 1:22 am

Mine is Elizabeth, but I added Calder when I got married. My son’s middle is Kenneth, same as my husband’s. My daughter’s is Margaret, same as my sister’s.

LuisaElektra94 Says:

March 7th, 2013 at 5:44 am

My two middle names are Elektra and Sophie.
I used to hate Elektra but I love now, because it makes my name special

upswingbabynames Says:

March 7th, 2013 at 6:37 am

@lovelynames my middle name is also Dawn. I like it enough. I passed it on to my daughter, mostly because Dawn also happens to be my Mom’s middle name. I liked the three generation tradition.

The men in my family don’t have exciting middle names. My husband’s middle name is the very popular James. He shares a middle name with his father. I planned on passing the middle name on to our son, but decided to use Robert, my husband’s first name, instead because I didn’t want the initials PJ.

My Dad’s middle name is the very popular Alan. My brother’s middle names are Patrick and Paul.

peach25 Says:

March 7th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Mine is Gaye. At least it has an “e” on the end. But when most people ask what’s the G for, I say Gayle so I don’t have to say with an “e.”

wallflower1117 Says:

March 7th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I love my middle name, Lubove. My mom heard it when she visited Russia when she was younger and it means love. It’s fun to have both a first and middle name that many people don’t hear very often.

amy_beth Says:

March 7th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

My middle name is Beth like the song by Kiss as its one of my dads favourites

Aligator_xxx Says:

March 7th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Mine is Rae, so with my first name it’s Alison Rae. I like it because it’s similar to “May” but not nearly as common as a middle name. There’s not really a story behind my name, my parents just liked it.

Livi Says:

March 8th, 2013 at 12:16 am

My middle name is Hope, after my grandma, and I’ve always liked it. It fits me because I tend to see the silver lining in most situations.

Jinxgirl Says:

March 8th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Mine is Rose. My brother gave it to me, he wanted it to be my first name, but parents went for a trendy misspelled one instead. I now go by Rose so wish they’d gone with that as my first name. My brother’s middle names are Michael, his father’s middle name, and Kenneth, his father’s first name. My mom’s is Kathleen, just because they liked it, and my dad’s is Allen because they liked it.

tabitha Says:

March 9th, 2013 at 7:04 am

My two middle names are Tabitha Simone. My sister has three mn so I am grateful when it comes to forms to only have two! Her full name won’t fit on her passport!
We both have a French name as a middle, (plus her first is French too!) to honour our great grandmother (also I think my parents just liked French names!!)
I was embarrassed in school to have two mn as everyone else just had one… but I really like that distinction now.
If I can convince my husband I’d love to give our kids two middles.

SheDolphin Says:

March 9th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

My middle name is Reed. It’s a family name.

jenagain Says:

March 9th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Mine’s Beth. I used to hate it, couldn’t imagine why my mom (who is Elizabeth) didn’t go ahead and bestow me with Elizabeth. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate the way that B looks in my signature.

Lilikaberry Says:

March 10th, 2013 at 12:45 am

Cherie! I think I like it more than my first name. If only I had realized that early enough…

lookingahead Says:

March 10th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

My middle name is Leah. It is my Nana’s middle name Lea with an ‘h’ on the end of it because my Nana lied for years about how her name was spelled (thus my mother spelled it the way she was told) because she likes it better with an ‘h’ on the end!

amyhmasters Says:

March 10th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Mine is Lynn. I always thought it was pretty but I didn’t know until I was an adult that is came from my father’s middle name Leonard. I thought that was so cool that when I got married I didn’t drop any names so now I have 4.

Acrose Says:

March 12th, 2013 at 8:09 am

Elizabeth. Beautiful name, goes w my first name (Anna) but is every other persons middle name born in early 80s. I’m indifferent.

Vickster Says:

March 25th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Marie after Aunt Mary.

If I have sons the middle names I’ve picked are James, Jacob, and Robert.

If I have daughters the middle names I like are Jane, Jacqueline, and Marie.

ssterikoff Says:

March 26th, 2013 at 9:27 am

My middle name is Kathleen. My mother used to see it spray painted on the side of a building on her way to work. Obviously, it could have been worse.

My daughters middles are Alexandra and Natalie.

laurakatex Says:

March 26th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

When I was born my mum wanted me to be Laura Anne or Laura Kate but my dad registered me and called me Laura Muriel (his mums name). Mum wasn’t pleased but didn’t object because my older sister has my grans name (my mum’s mum) as her middle, and I HATED it my whole life, so the day I turned 16 I legally changed it to Laura Kate, just like my mum had wanted all along, I never told people about the Muriel name.

shanbrownie Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 3:28 am

My middle name is Tyler. A la Mary Tyler Moore. As a child I thought it was a boys name and wouldn’t tell people!

Lyraslife Says:

April 15th, 2013 at 9:52 am

My Middle name is actually a surname, but it’s Skrรธder (The Danish form of Schrรถder). People use it as my surname, as I rarely go by it. Even my teacher is having fun calling me Skrรธder.

SepphiriaJadeRaine Says:

April 17th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

My middle name is Fiona and it’s decent, so that makes me Heather Fiona.

My daughters middle names (yes, she has two) are Jade Raine (Sepphiria Jade Raine).

tasia_janay23 Says:

April 25th, 2013 at 2:25 am

My middle name is Janay, first name Anastasia.. I love how unique both my first and middle names are and I have never met another with the middle name Janay

One of the middle names I plan on using for a future daughter is Elin (Ee-lin; derivative of Helen, my great-grandmother’s and fiancรฉ’s grandmother’s name)
Other middle names I love: Jayce, Faye, Archer

Eeyoregirl2009 Says:

April 25th, 2013 at 8:36 am

Dene

SerenRuby Says:

April 25th, 2013 at 8:55 am

I don’t have any, because my father found his too long to write down on exam sheets, and it annoyed him, so he vowed not to give any to his children. I really wish I had one though, I find it makes one more unique than just having a first and a last name. Oh well, I guess we’re never happy with what we have.

klutes Says:

May 7th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

At birth my middle name was Danielle. My mother gave me and my sisters very creative, Hebrew middle names. I love my middle name. As I got older, my mother often said she regretted not honoring her sister (Lynn) in any of our names. I am A LOT like my aunt, so when I realized she was bothered by this, I got an idea. This past winter I changed my middle name to Lynn Danielle and now I am even more in love with my classic, but very unique middle name.

baileyann1105 Says:

June 3rd, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I actually have two middle names, since my parents couldn’t agree: Ann O’Hara.

Ann is the middle name of my mother, my paternal aunt and both of my grandmothers, so it was a given, and I actually love it.

O’Hara follows a tradition on my dad’s side of using family surnames (Larkin, Horton, Yaeger, ect.) as middle names. My great-grandmother’s maiden name was O’Hara, which I think is pretty cool.

baileyann1105 Says:

June 3rd, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I actually have two middle names, since my parents couldn’t agree: Ann O’Hara.

Ann is the middle name of my mother, my paternal aunt and both of my grandmothers, so it was a given, and I actually love it.

O’Hara follows a tradition on my dad’s side of using family surnames (Larkin, Horton, Yaeger, ect.) as middle names. My great-grandmother’s maiden name was O’Hara, which I think is pretty cool.

baileyann1105 Says:

June 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I actually have two middle names, since my parents couldn’t agree: Ann O’Hara.

Ann is the middle name of my mother, my paternal aunt and both of my grandmothers, so it was a given, and I actually love it.

O’Hara follows a tradition on my dad’s side of using family surnames (Larkin, Horton, Yaeger, ect.) as middle names. My great-grandmother’s maiden name was O’Hara, which I think is pretty cool.

baileyann1105 Says:

June 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I actually have two middle names, since my parents couldn’t agree: Ann O’Hara.

Ann is the middle name of my mother, my paternal aunt and both of my grandmothers, so it was a given, and I actually love it.

O’Hara follows a tradition on my dad’s side of using family surnames (Larkin, Horton, Yaeger, ect.) as middle names. My great-grandmother’s maiden name was O’Hara, which I think is pretty cool.

baileyann1105 Says:

June 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I actually have two middle names, since my parents couldn’t agree: Ann O’Hara.

Ann is the middle name of my mother, my paternal aunt and both of my grandmothers, so it was a given, and I actually love it.

O’Hara follows a tradition on my dad’s side of using family surnames (Larkin, Horton, Yaeger, ect.) as middle names. My great-grandmother’s maiden name was O’Hara, which I think is pretty cool.

baileyann1105 Says:

June 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I actually have two middle names, since my parents couldn’t agree: Ann O’Hara.

Ann is the middle name of my mother, my paternal aunt and both of my grandmothers, so it was a given, and I actually love it.

O’Hara follows a tradition on my dad’s side of using family surnames (Larkin, Horton, Yaeger, ect.) as middle names. My great-grandmother’s maiden name was O’Hara, which I think is pretty cool.

MFBerry Says:

June 9th, 2013 at 2:44 am

My middle name is McKenzie, my grandmother’s surname. And my first name is Madison, so my mom calls me Madison McKenzie.

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:

June 11th, 2013 at 9:15 am

Mine is Linda after my Aunty who died of cancer before i was born even when substitute teachers wrongly called out my middle name instead of my first i have never been embarrassed with my middle name x

Mrse Says:

July 7th, 2013 at 9:00 am

Mine is Linda too. After my mum. I hate it. My brothers is Christopher after our Dad. My hubby’s is John after his dad lol.
My kids all have old ish middle names, Elizabeth, Olivia, James, William, Rose, Henry and Daniel that was our naming theme. We picked the first names that we liked and that sounded right, in our opinion, with their siblings and also with their surname ๐Ÿ™‚

Gummibear Says:

July 15th, 2013 at 12:24 am

Mine is Jill after my cousin who died of breathing problems at 4 months.

wickedjr89 Says:

September 4th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

My middle name is Jean, same as my mom’s. I love it. Despite the fact that every other woman I know has the same middle name if they are around my age or older, even much older! I’m 24. If I didn’t know better i’d say Jean was the most popular middle name for girls of all time (that is how much I hear it!)! Of course I know it apparently isn’t but I find that hard to believe! I know one girl with a middle name of Marie, and none with Anne, which are apparently much more popular…Well I know one woman whose first name is Ann. Anyway despite it’s huge popularity (as far i’m concerned) I still love it. My first name is Stephanie and I think Stephanie Jean is nice, i’ve grown to love it :).

littlewren Says:

November 9th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Mine is Renee. (with an accent on the last e) I think my parents’ choosing it had something to do with the meaning (reborn.) I like it.

littlewren Says:

November 9th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

And it wasn’t a fifth grade playground conversation, it was a fifth-grade park-day sandbox question that turned into a guessing game.

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:

December 20th, 2013 at 2:11 am

My middle name is Noelle. I love it. I like it a lot more than my first name (the boring and trendily misspelled Haleigh).

little_cupcake Says:

January 20th, 2015 at 1:43 am

My middle name is Rachel. I’ve always preferred it to my first name (Lauren). In fact, my name was meant to be Rachel up until the last minute apparently; the change was because there was already a cousin with an R name and one on the way, also going to have an R name. I think this is a silly reason. In fact, I’ve always been a bit resentful of the fact that my brothers all received classic names and I didn’t.

Haili73 Says:

January 20th, 2015 at 2:26 am

Mine’s Christine, but could have very easily been Elizabeth after my mother had I not been born exactly two weeks before Christmas Eve. (My sister got Elizabeth and it flows much better with her name than it would with mine).

I’ve always loved it. All of my friends’ middle names were Ann and Lynn and Rose and Marie, and mine was unique and beautiful, which I loved. Though I did go through a brief phase in third grade where I was convinced that it was spelled Christin and it looked prettier that way – thankfully, my mother set me straight and my insistence that it be spelled without the e only lasted a week.

danahc Says:

January 20th, 2015 at 2:50 am

My middle name is Marie. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I feel like EVERYONE my age (I’m an 80’s baby) has it as a middle name. However, my parents chose it after my beloved grandmother. Now that she has passed on, I appreciate it a little more. My confirmation name is Theresa. I chose it after my favorite aunt and I felt like it was a lot less “generic” than my middle name.

saracarlson Says:

January 20th, 2015 at 4:42 am

Larissa, my first name is Sara.

Scintiller Says:

January 20th, 2015 at 4:57 am

My middle name is Louise, which I have found to be ridiculously common as a middle name. I’m quite grateful to have a more unusual first name to balance it out.

KarolTh Says:

January 20th, 2015 at 9:09 am

My middle name is Macrea (Ma-cray). I think my Mom made it up ๐Ÿ˜‰

caty_beth89 Says:

January 20th, 2015 at 9:27 am

Another Elizabeth here. I have always loved my name as a whole (Cathryn Elizabeth) because I think it sounds regal. However, the combination may not be as common as Sara Elizabeth, but there are a lot of Catherine (and all it’s variants) Elizabeths.
I wasn’t too keen on giving my daughter Elizabeth for her middle and for the first four weeks of her life she was Arwen Louisa. My husband admitted to me that he kept accidentally calling her Arwen Elizabeth in his head though, so we changed it. I have since heard of two other Arwen Elizabeths which was the big reason why I didn’t want to use Elizabeth. I wanted her first and middle combination to be unique. I’ve gotten over that though. I think she’ll appreciate that her daddy named her after her mommy.

Vulpesera Says:

January 20th, 2015 at 10:52 am

My middle name is Kristine, the same as my mother’s middle name. It’s extremely common in Norway, where my fam is from.

My children’s middle names are Ophelia and Vincent.

Titus245Mama Says:

November 24th, 2015 at 6:16 am

My middle name is Leigh. It sort of sounds like a cop-out filler name, like all the girls I grew up with who had Lynn, Ann, or Marie in the middle. On the other hand, both my father and grandfather had the middle name “Lee”, and the “Leigh” spelling makes it feel more substantial.

little_me Says:

September 23rd, 2017 at 9:31 pm

My mn is Grace, and I’m one of three Grace-mns in my year (Mabel Grace, Ella Grace, and Imogen Grace). Both were in my phys ed class last year. Despite it being a bit common amongst my cohort, I don’t mind how it flows with mine and my friends’ names. My mother chose my name, after two children she taught.

kerithecowgirl Says:

October 7th, 2017 at 11:09 am

My middle name is Lynn. Always been kinda so-so for me. My first is Keri. Some people like to affectionately call me Keri Lynn instead of just Keri. Lynn is after my paternal great-grandfather. Mom said it was my dad’s idea and I would’ve had that name whether I’d been a boy or girl. Thank goodness I was a girl! She told me the other day she still doesn’t really care for it. Thanks mom! LOL.

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