I Must Confess…my middle name
This prompt may be a little personal for some but I’m really interested in middle names. I always have been. I’m intrigued by the meaning that is attached to middle names. A lot are a nod to traditional family names while others are steeped in the naming fashions of the time or fashioned instead from a maternal surname.
I’m also interested where someone doesn’t have a middle name (like my father – he doesn’t have a middle name at all) which I find really strange. Why doesn’t he have one? Or people who have been given multiple names. For example, one of my nieces has three middle names which reflects a family tradition on her mother’s side of the family.
A middle name is sometimes overlooked in importance when it comes to naming your child but a lot of thought should go into it, nonetheless. You might choose to be known by your middle name later on in life or you might wish to include it as part of your name. Kirsty A Russell or KA Russell both sound pretty good as potential future publishing names – don’t you think?
Of course, the middle name is also very handy for parents everywhere who wish to let their darling child know they really do mean business when out and about. “Kirsty Ann Russell, you come back here THIS INSTANT!”
You might wish to also use your full initials to market yourself or your work. In this case, it’s important to get the middle name right so you don’t have an unfortunate set of initials. Like PIG or ROT or DIE.
You may have already guessed that my middle name is Ann. Without an E. Anne of Green Gables would be horrified and to be honest it’s not my favourite name in the world now but when I was younger I just wanted to be known by Ann as everyone got Kirsty wrong. My parents went on to call me “Justann” accordingly (literally going with my request to be “just Ann”) which only infuriated me more – parents can be truly painful sometimes!
Ann is very much a product of the 70s – most of my friends had Ann or Marie or Louise as their middle name. It seemed to be the prevailing fashion. I don’t think there is any family meaning or history to my middle name. It’s just plain Ann without an E.
My husband has the same middle name as his father – it’s a family thing. When we had Gilbert we wanted to keep the family theme alive but not necessarily give him the same middle name as we felt it was a little dated. We had a look at the family tree and came up with an alternate name that was perfect for him, for us and for the family. Thank goodness for some older names coming back into fashion!
When Matilda came along, we wanted to honour my side of the family so we chose my grandmother’s middle name (which she was known by) as our girl middle name choice well before Matilda’s arrival. In fact it took us longer to come up with her first name – her middle name was never in question!
Delilah arrived a few years later and we weren’t sure what to do for a middle name. We had honoured both sides of the family so we didn’t feel the same need to stick to traditional options so we picked a pretty, popular name that complimented her first name perfectly. We often call her by her double-barrelled name just because it’s so pretty. Which could be a problem if in future we ever have to grab her attention when she is in trouble…might have to rethink our strategy there!
Are you brave enough to share your middle name? Did you put a lot of thought into your kids’ middle names? Do you wish you had a cooler middle name of your own?
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