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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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