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Are Middle Names Necessary?

Are Middle Names Becoming Obsolete?

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I always joke with my husband, Michael, that I knew I wanted to marry him after I found out what his middle name was. It's Dane. As in, Great Dane. Nothing says marriage material like a dude named after a large canine. Turns out, it was supposed to be Dan, but somehow the "e" got added on somewhere. Still, the name Dane is pretty cool.

I have a horrible middle name. Well, it’s not that horrible, seeing as how it's my mother's first name. But of all the beautiful names in this world, you had to go and choose Louise?

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Louise. Like, seriously. It sounds like an elderly woman with saggy boobs, swollen feet, and garlic breath. I mean, it's practically prophetic. Thanks a lot, Mom.

When it came time to bestow a middle name upon my children, I thought long and hard about it. Not because I assumed they would use it in everyday life. And to be honest, had I known how many children I was going to have, and how often I'd have to fill out their full names on random forms throughout our young lives . . . I would have thought twice about that middle name. Are middle names even necessary anymore?

If I had to do it again, I would still give my children a middle name. A good middle name should reflect the awesomeness of the bearer. Out of my six kids, two middle names stand out the most to me. The first is the middle name of my firstborn: Noah Zion. We named him Zion after Bob Marley's song Iron Lion Zion and its heavenly connotations. The next is my first daughter named Maya Damisi. Damisi is Swahili for "cheerful and happy."

I'm not one of those mothers who yells out her child's entire name when she is upset. Nope. Their middle names are too special to be spoken in frustration. I reserve its usage for those special times, and I say it with love and a smile on my face.

What do you think? Are middle names even important anymore? Did you give your baby a middle name?

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poissondujour poissondujour 4 years
I use my middle name as my first name, so I'm a big proponent... if I didn't have one, I'd be stuck with a first name that totally doesn't suit me.
SillyStokey92 SillyStokey92 4 years
My middle name is Louise as well (actually, after my mother's middle name and my great-great grandmother's name - Louisa). I love it. It's old and classic and beautiful, like we are. ;)   Middle names in my family are all passed down through generations (everyone is named after someone else or a maiden name). I love it. It forms tradition and helps you never to forget where you come from. :)I also plan to give my future children middle names. I love my middle name, I love having a middle name. It just adds so much more fun and spice to a name.  
amber512 amber512 4 years
I plan on giving my future children two middle names.  One that is unique to them and the second one that is my last name.  I didn't change my last name when I got married and I want to carry it on, even if it's a middle name.
Julie3044273 Julie3044273 4 years
My parents gave me 2 middle names which are my grandmothers' names. When I became a mother, I was single and decided to give my son 2 middle names also, my dad and brother's names. Then I got married and had another baby several years later. It took a lot of convincing but I finally prevailed and gave my daughter 2 middle names. I love it! A lot of people think it's strange or unnecessary or even cool. But I love the symbolism of it. It makes me feel closer to my kids because we share a common nomenclature.
Renees3 Renees3 4 years
In our families middle names often carry on traditions. My daughters middle name is my grandfathers last name that was changed when his mother remarried. He was the last of that line and I liked the idea of using that as a name but didn't want it as a first name. My husbands family his middle name is his fathers first name and his younger brother's middle name is his moms miaden name. I like the idea of middle names. Something special that is not used every day but is uniquely you.
joeysnotoriogirl joeysnotoriogirl 4 years
what's the big deal nobody hardly uses their middle names anyway and even some legendaryfilm stars don't even have one like Vanessa Redgrave doesn't but her two younger siblings both had middle names
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