During a school event on Friday, we shared a table with two other families. Of the five adults at the table, three of us answered to our middle names.
My story is a little bit complicated, but the other two had family names. It was assumed from birth that they’d be known by their middles.
It reminded me of this week’s Name Help, of course. As an A. Abigail, I tend to notice others who are known by their middles. But it’s impossible to say just how common a naming practice this is; and, of course, what percentage of those are chosen at birth versus those that came later.
Overall, I’ve never found it terribly burdensome to be called by my middle rather than my first. But I’d be curious to know if others feel this way, or if you’ve considered using your child’s middle rather than first name for daily use. And, of course, how it’s worked out!
Elsewhere in naming news:
- A great look at pop culture’s impact on baby naming.
- Does Arlo owe all of its momentum to The Good Dinosaur? I think this name is definitely going places. Elea wrote about it as this week’s featured name, and it’s currently among the four semifinalists in March Madness Baby Names for boys.
- When hipster baby names reign in your ‘hood, what do you name a brother for Matilda and Wilder?
- Something from this list, perhaps?
- Hmmm … can you use your husband’s ex-girlfriend’s name for your daughter? It seems potentially awkward. Or maybe that’s an understatement.
- Some great names on this list, but I think it’s kind of random.
- Character names to round out the rest of the Hogwarts houses? Yes, please! (Found via the marvelous Scoop.it page, Name News, administered by Clare.)
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!