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Old March 23 2013, 10:49 PM   #31
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Re: If you are in the process of deciding a middle name for your child

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How about no middle name at all?
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Old March 23 2013, 11:11 PM   #32
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I think the middle name is a good place to use some first name from inside the family. My middle name is my father's first name, my brother's middle name is the name of one of my mom's brothers. I'd likely do something along those lines. Really, the middle name is something only brought up at parties or in cases where it's really needed to distinguish an identity from a like-named person.
I like that as well, and I think it's the only reason I'd want to do a middle name for any hypothetical children of my own. If I ever had a daughter I'd probably want her middle name to be Marie, after a woman who has basically been like my grandmother.
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Old March 24 2013, 02:47 AM   #33
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I think the middle name is a good place to use some first name from inside the family. My middle name is my father's first name, my brother's middle name is the name of one of my mom's brothers. I'd likely do something along those lines. Really, the middle name is something only brought up at parties or in cases where it's really needed to distinguish an identity from a like-named person.
I tend to agree, and that's kind of what my family does, at least with the male members anyway. My middle name is my paternal grandfather's first name (and my first name is my maternal grandfather's first name). My older brother's middle name is my dad's first name, and his son's middle name is his own first name.
I like this too. My parents were waiting for a boy to come around to name him after my great-grandfather, but instead they got four girls, so the youngest of us got a middle name of "James."
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Old March 24 2013, 02:51 AM   #34
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Re: If you are in the process of deciding a middle name for your child

Indeed, I think it's a nice way to honor someone inside the family without directly naming a child after that person. Now, both my brother and I had names selected by our parents that there were no nick-names for. (My parents didn't want us to be named "Robert" but be called "Bob" or "Rob" or something along those lines, for example.) So both me and my brother have first names that have no common nick names. (Though if you really tried you could call us by the first syllables in our names and sort of make sense.)

My brother and his wife did the same thing with my niece, her first name is the same as my SiL's but her middle name is the first name of a family member on her side of the family. (My SiL goes by her middle name.)

I think middle names are somewhat necessary, however. As I do think it helps distinguish someone between someone with a similar name should that situation ever crop up in school or elsewhere in life. But other than that middle names have little purpose. My mother's middle name is literally just a letter.

Also, interestingly, my niece has the exact same name as my cousin's child and they both attend the same school (though my cousin once-removed is a couple of grades higher.) It's caused one or two messes in messages being delivered home by the administration re: parent-teacher conferences and other issues where the parent needs to be contacted. My sister in law even once got called by the school once told her daughter was sick and needed to be picked up. She drove to the school to do it only to find out it was the cousin that was sick and not her daughter.
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Old March 24 2013, 02:53 AM   #35
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Re: If you are in the process of deciding a middle name for your child

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Is that Avatar from The African Queen?? IT'S BRILLIANT!!
Ha, thanks Teacake! It is The African Queen. Glad you like it!

Thanks to Nerys Myk's Picard, and I added Janeway.
I thought that looked familiar.
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Old March 24 2013, 06:15 AM   #36
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Re: If you are in the process of deciding a middle name for your child

Here's the original context:
http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=48911&page=9

Good stuff as usual from you, Nerys!
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Old March 24 2013, 04:22 PM   #37
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Went to a niece's 3d birthday party yesterday, her half-brother (around 26yo) decribed me to his girlfriend as "propita," his Uncle Y's wife--"Y" being Hubby's middle name. I spoke about my husband as X--"X" being Hubby's first name--and mentioned he gets called a lot of names in the family. Nephew said, "Yeah, when Y came from Mexico, he started with 20 names, now he's down to just 3, first, middle, and last."
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Old March 24 2013, 08:48 PM   #38
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there was a kid in school with me whose full name was Stephen Liquid Jones. his family were crazy hippy types and he very much hated it.
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Old March 24 2013, 10:10 PM   #39
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Re: If you are in the process of deciding a middle name for your child

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"Wait-For-It"
I was gonna suggest that... that is the best middle name ever!

John.. Wait-For-It... Smith!
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Old March 25 2013, 02:11 AM   #40
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Here's the original context:
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Good stuff as usual from you, Nerys!
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Old March 25 2013, 03:59 AM   #41
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Re: If you are in the process of deciding a middle name for your child

In Jewish tradition, a child is never named after a living relative. Dead ones are OK.

Sometimes a child is given his or her mother's maiden surname for a middle name. My nephew, for example, is Joshua Levin Penslar -- Levin being his mother's unmarried surname.

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In the English speaking world, can you decide to spell your child's name with a different language's alphabet, a made up language's alphabet or even a code?
Well, there was that time Prince changed his name to this:

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Old March 25 2013, 05:02 AM   #42
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Here's the original context:
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Good stuff as usual from you, Nerys!
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Old March 25 2013, 09:26 PM   #43
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there was a kid in school with me whose full name was Stephen Liquid Jones. his family were crazy hippy types and he very much hated it.
"Liquid Jones" sounds like a cool name for a pimp.
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Old March 28 2013, 02:44 AM   #44
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Or an 80s New Wave synthpop band.
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Old March 28 2013, 03:49 AM   #45
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Re: If you are in the process of deciding a middle name for your child

Edward is always a prime choice.

If you're not hip to that, Riboflavin or Walden By Henry David Thoreau.

Your boy will grow up to get all the chicks.
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