How far can you go with middle names?

(30 Posts)
BananaHammocks Mon 18-Feb-13 22:34:56

When people ask for opinions on names that others consider too 'out there' I've noticed people often suggest using it as a middle name, so was wondering what names would you consider or have used as middles names that you wouldn't use as a first name? Do middle names not count in the 'high court judge test'? Just asking because I quite like Bluebell as a middle name, but will probably wimp out and go with a family name!

Startail Sat 23-Feb-13 22:50:42

I love to be common first name Rainbow, instead of common first name, mother's name I don't like.

I love rainbows and have seen it as a Surname.

CruCru Sat 23-Feb-13 15:00:14

I know a little girl with Rainbow as her middle name.

ellesabe Fri 22-Feb-13 21:07:03

My dd2's middle name is Delilah. Dh wanted it as a first name but I said no! I ideally wanted a more traditional middle name because her first name is also quite uncommon but seeing as the first name was mainly my choice, we went with Delilah as a middle name to keep dh happy smile

My mum doesn't have a middle name either as she was the last of five girls and they had run out by then!!

deleted203 Wed 20-Feb-13 01:03:10

On the other hand my mother (aged 73) is still moaning about the fact that she doesn't have a middle name! She feels cheated by this. We've told her she has to use 'H' like Harry H Corbett who, when asked, said it stood for 'Hanything!'...

Startail Tue 19-Feb-13 22:42:40

Yes middle names do seem to be hated, DH, DSIL and me are all after our parents. So DSIL and me get lumbered with the same dull middle name, although DSIL has a unusual first name.

However, it's nothing like as bad as DH's. Unfortunately his DFather was 56 when he was born, so his middle name was really a grandparent name and this was a very long time before old man chick. It isn't Horace, but that sort of idea.

The worst of all is my DMum, who's middle name is Gladys.
This is bad, but worst still my DGreatAunt, after whom she was named, loathed it too. My birthday cards were always signed Auntie G. In 18 years she never put her full name.

My DMum also signs official things with a swirly G linking her first and last names, but never admits to what it stands for.

Shodan Tue 19-Feb-13 22:24:39

I have two middle names which I dislike so much, even my oldest friend didn't know what they were until I said my vows at my first wedding! grin

Ds1 has one that has links to his father's heritage and ds2 has one that I really wanted to give him as his first name but DH wasn't keen for some reason (which neither of us can remember now).

It doesn't matter what middle name you give her- as sowornout says, it's traditional to hate them! Go as adventurous as you fancy...

FannyBazaar Tue 19-Feb-13 22:24:12

My DS has a middle name that's in the top 100 names list, he has an uncommon first name so a conventional middle name. Actually my middle name is a far more common name than my first name too.

flixy102 Tue 19-Feb-13 22:18:01

Sowornout that made me laugh as my middle name is also Constance, named after some great aunt of my mums.

At school I also hated it with a passion and used to tell people that the C stood for Catherine!

I don't mind it now but it's definitely not getting passed on to any future DDs!

We might have that trouble with DD's, she has Winifred as her middle name. She is only 18 mo at the moment though, so currently untroubled by it smile

Partly... grin

deleted203 Tue 19-Feb-13 22:13:07

Godric - after Godric's Hollow? (Harry Potter fan).

Ron Weasley's middle name is 'Bilious'...which I'm strangely attracted to! grin

deleted203 Tue 19-Feb-13 22:11:58

lol...you can't win Amanda.

We gave eldest DD the middle name of 'Constance' which is after her granny - and I think is rather charmingly old fashioned (might have re-thought it if granny had been Edna or Gladys).

DD1 loathes it with a passion and pretends she doesn't have a middle name!

DS' middle name is Godric. smile

AmandaCooper Tue 19-Feb-13 22:07:36

Sowornout we've chosen my Dad's middle name as DS's first name and dad says he hates it. It's not at all out there though, it's almost boringly sensible!

deleted203 Tue 19-Feb-13 21:56:26

I think you can be as adventurous as you like, probably!

Everyone I know hates their middle name grin. It's traditional!

Queenie68 Tue 19-Feb-13 21:54:22

anonymosity.... No definitely not a spice girl fan!! However with a baby due at springtime I love the connection of bluebells & it's a little more unusual than the other more popular flower names smile

BananaHammocks Tue 19-Feb-13 21:44:03

-anonymosity- no the Geri Halliwell puts me off! More to do with growing up near the Bluebell Railway in Sussex!

Rhubarbgarden Tue 19-Feb-13 14:08:13

Bluebell is lovely. If DS had been a dd he would probably have had Marigold as a middle name. As it is, he's saddled with a long unwieldy family name from DH's side. I put my foot down on it being his first name, but I do think anything goes for middle names.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 19-Feb-13 09:55:05

I think you can be more adventurous, but do remember it is still a legitimate part of their real name which will pop up at all sorts of unexpected times (exam certificates, registering for courses, anything where you have to show proof of ID etc). So try to avoid something that will really embarrass them - Eleanor Cutesie-Lulu-Miffiepie Smith won't thank you.

noisytoys Tue 19-Feb-13 04:00:39

DDs have middle names that are cartoon characters

DD1 is Chihiro (spirited away)

DD2 is Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

Chihiro was going to be DD1's first name but not many people could pronounce it

larlemucker Tue 19-Feb-13 03:46:04

I have two middle names, one is my mums maiden name as there are no boys to carry it on. It's a middle name and not double barreled (sp?) as she didnt want me to lose it if/when i got married. My Ds now also has it as one of his middle names.

anonymosity Tue 19-Feb-13 00:48:34

Can I ask those of you liking Bluebell, if its anything to do with Geri Halliwell's chosen name for her daughter? Were you spice girl fans?

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Feb-13 23:12:34

YY I have 2 DSes with "in case they wanna be rock stars" middle names grin

ISpyPlumPie Mon 18-Feb-13 23:10:40

Both of mine have middle names that are actually more common (as in used frequently) than their first names. Not deliberate, just worked out that way - DS1's is a family name, and DS2's is a name we just happened to like that goes well with his first name.

Having said that, I think you can be a bit more adventerous with middle names given that they aren't used that often so not as many issues for eg always having to spell out/explain pronunciation of an unusual name. I wouldn't go too far though unless you want sniggering on their wedding day grin.

(excuse appalling typing - one handed due to feeding).

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