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.

my middle name is...

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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42 Responses

  1. it’s funny how the middle name used to get thrown in when in trouble….
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..Even MORE Riddle Me This?

  2. ann says:

    I hate my name!! It is so boring!! I don’t have a middle name, I always wanted one!!
    Similar to you our kids have special middle names!! Although I despise filling out forms as they take twice as long to do with an extra name!!
    ann recently posted..Smile for one perfect moment!!

    • Kirsty says:

      Again, someone who doesn’t have a middle name. I used to want to be an Ann when I was young – I guess we all go through phases where we don’t like our given name!

  3. Dorothy says:

    Neither my sister, nor I, have a middle name. My parents liked to keep things simple 🙂
    Dorothy recently posted..Parenting with mental illness

    • Kirsty says:

      It’s funny, it never crossed my mind to not give my kids middle names so I do find it strange that so many people don’t have one. Up until now I only knew of my father without a middle name – learning a lot today!

  4. My middle name is Leanne which is also mums middle name. I was also called Toni after my dad’s middle name Anthony. Trent has 2 middle names, both of his grandads first names. I chose bubs middle name because I thought it was pretty and it was my choice for a first name, but Trent chose her first name. We already have a boys middle name picked if we have one, my dads first name is also one of Trent’s middle names so its perfect.

    I didn’t do a whole post about the topic because I couldn’t think of enough to write about it lol.
    Toni @ Finding Myself Young recently posted..Closer to Nature Explora Review

    • Kirsty says:

      Sounds like you’ve covered all bases nicely there Toni! I do like pretty middle names – I think they can really complement the given name, like with my youngest. I still don’t think I could ever use her full name in anger though – it is way too pretty!

  5. My middle name is Elizabeth, named after my late nan who was actually called Betty for most of her life. I’ve given my eldest the same middle name and my middle child is Elizabeth Leonie but we call her Beth, Leonie was my mother’s sister who died 2 weeks before I was born at 18 but Leon also holds significance. I suppose looking at all that it’s a bit creepy. We had actually planned to name her Lauren but she arrived 5 weeks early in chaotic conditions and well I changed my mind on the delivery table.

    My youngest who turns 14 today is Meg Sheridan. Meg after the nurse that saved both our lives when she was born 10 weeks early (although I loved the name Meg) and Sheridan because that’s what hubby wanted to call her initially.
    Raych aka Mystery Case recently posted..Casing the Menu | Brunch is on Me

    • Kirsty says:

      Happy birthday to Meg! I love the stories behind names – it really is interesting to know the reasons and the significance of why a particular name was chosen. I’ve always loved Elizabeth and always planned on using it for one of the girls but that never eventuated – it’s funny how your mind can change in the delivery room!

  6. Jess says:

    I don’t have a middle name! Not really sure why, my parents were quite hippy back in the day and I think they wanted to do something off-trend.
    Jess recently posted..This is what a feminist looks like.

    • Kirsty says:

      It seems that quite a few people missed out on being given a middle name – maybe there were a few hippies back in the day!

  7. Caz Filmer says:

    Just plain old Jane here. 🙂 Jane and Jean are our family passes em down type of names. I didn’t stick with the tradition with my girls thou.
    Caz Filmer recently posted..I will remember that you love me long past the point you have forgotten. #alzheimerssucks

    • Kirsty says:

      My cousin was also given Ann as a middle name – maybe that is sort of our family tradition too? None of our kids got Ann as a middle name though – so the “family tradition” didn’t last all that long!

  8. No middle name here although there were times I wish I did have one. Having said that, filling out forms takes a long time anyway with just my first and last names so a middle name probably would have been a hassle!
    Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life recently posted..On unusual names

  9. My parents gave their Christian names as a middle name to me (Mum’s) and their first born son (Dad’s). On hubster’s side, the first born son is traditionally given the same first name (gets v confusing!) however his parents gave it to their first born son as a middle name. As for us – we didn’t continue the traditions at all, just chose names we liked!
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    • Kirsty says:

      There’s something to be said for breaking with tradition. We did the same with Gilbert – so glad we found an alternative that honoured Nathan’s family but also gave us a name that we genuinely liked!

  10. My eldest has 2 middle names. We had decided on her first and middle name but when she came along I just wanted to add one more and barely anyone knows the significance. With my second daughter, I used my MIL’s middle name as her middle name. I thought MIL would be delighted. She was horrified, initially, as she’d always hated it! But that quickly changed to happy to be recognised (Genuinely happy, I think!)
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    • Kirsty says:

      Isn’t that funny? Both my mother and mother-in-law share the same middle name (Patricia) and we had the discussion about using that for our youngest’s middle name but we really didn’t like it. Turns out both mums aren’t huge fans of it either so it was a good decision at the end of the day!

  11. I have done the same with middle names for my kids… They are all after a grandparent – Edith , Esmonde, Joan and Raymond. Mine is boring old jane …. Oh how I love Anne of green gables

  12. My middle name is Renee and for no particular reason – so my mum said. I have a sneaking feeling it was because my mum loved Renee Geyers music, but she never admitted it. I quite like my middle name. Our children have significant middle names from my husbands side of the fam. One of the boys is particular important because it helped form his nickname Tyler Jack becomes TJ and he loves that. They are funny phenomenon if you ask me. Mel xx
    Melanie Greenhalgh recently posted..Four Hours Alone

    • Kirsty says:

      Renee is a pretty name and goes really well with your first name (a very important consideration!). Our middle girl’s real initials are CC which is cool – I love a funky initial combo!

  13. Julie says:

    I like my middle name – Lyndal. It’s different. It was one of my mums good friends. I am not traditional with names for my kids just want I liked.
    Julie recently posted..Fantastic Free Household Planner and Calendar

    • Kirsty says:

      You can’t go wrong really when you pick what you like – at least you are not beholden to any side of the family that way.

  14. I happen to LOVE my middle name – so much in fact that I use it professionally in place of my surname 🙂
    Amber Melody. x

  15. All our 3 kids have the same middle name, it’s my maiden name, Toxward. My middle name, well I have two! Fay Louise, my sisters are Jane Florence, Diance Blance, so we all have 4 barrel names!
    Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me recently posted..A very sad day.

  16. Zita says:

    I didn’t want to write it on my blog, on the off chance my mother would read it and get angry, but I HATED my name growing up! Both names…Zita Frances! All my sisters have pretty standard first and middle names and so I was convinced my parents hated me and that’s why they gave me a “stupid name” (I remember yelling at them once!) but now, as an adult I can appreciate the uniqueness of my name and the fact that my middle name was my great grandmothers name.
    Zita recently posted..the Grand Palace, the crazy catfish & the long train journey

    • Kirsty says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised to find that most of us hated one or all of our names growing up. It’s good that you can appreciate your name now you are older – it really is a pretty name, you know!

  17. Ness says:

    Ann WITHOUT an E!!?? I think you should change it to Cordelia!
    Ness recently posted..The Middle Muddled Riddle

  18. I find it weird not to have middle names also! What is with that. I honestly thought everyone had a middle name until a few years ago. Mine is Danielle which I like. Both my kids have family names as middle names – for no other reason than I couldn’t think of a alternative. xx

    • Kirsty says:

      I didn’t realise just how many people don’t have a middle name until I asked the question Fleur – I really thought it was a standard and normal thing. You learn something new every day…;)

  19. Oh I love your middle name! It suits you perfectly. My middle name is Elizabeth – it was my grandma’s middle name too. 🙂
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