By now you’ve probably heard about the Spanish aristocrat who piled on the names for his newborn daughter, until the government said “no, no, no, this is madness” and told the well-heeled parents they’ve have to narrow it down.
If you’re curious, the name they chose was as follows: Sofía Fernanda Dolores Cayetana Teresa Ángela de la Cruz Micaela del Santísimo Sacramento del Perpetuo Socorro de la Santísima Trinidad y de Todos Los Santos.
Anyway, most of us would never contemplate such a long name. But many of us have debated: one middle name or two? One last name, both in some order, hyphenate?
Names evolve. Naming customs change with the times. Middle names didn’t become standard in the US until the early 1900s.
A century later, more kids have four names total: either a first + two middles + a last, or a first + a middle + two lasts. But lots of parents hesitate. Will four names be a hassle? Is it worth using the extra name? Will anyone ever know that they used the bonus name anyhow?
There’s no right answer, but I’m always curious to hear how parents are thinking this through. And I do get a little sad when parents decide to use both surnames, but then lose the opportunity to choose a middle name they just plain love because, well, five names would be kind of a lot of names.
Have you struggled with the number of names to use? How did you resolve the issue?
Excellent advice in this Swistle update. (They named her Phoebe!) In particular: stop holding the name up against all the names that, for various reasons, we couldn’t use. SO hard to do, but yes – necessary!
78 names for boys you might not have considered. Calder, Ike, Penn, Quest, and Shaw are among my favorites.
A fun look back at How I Named My Baby. Particularly interesting to read that 11% of parents gave their children names they’d loved since childhood.
What’s big in Austria. Their boys’ list is especially amazing – Maximilian, Felix, and Paul = what a great Top Three!
Do you struggle to remember names? This list of tips might come in handy.
That’s all for now. As always, thank you for reading and have a great week!