Statistics do, however, reveal that approximately one
person in ten regularly use their middle name. Check out
the Name Meanings
and the Names Dictionary
A free online resource
crammed with advice about making an important choice...
Middle names - Avoid
Arguments can be avoided by the use of these! Old
fashioned family names can be incorporated in a new
baby's name with very little impact on the recipient.
Many a family dispute has been settled by the use of
Middle names provide a great vehicle to carry on a
tradition in the family. These often include the Maiden
name of female members of the family. Thus, many of them
are often the same as surnames.
There are no legal reasons to restrict the number of
middle names given to a baby. In practice this is
usually limited to four. However, advantage has been
taken of the scope that they have to offer. More than
one child has been given middle names which have been
taken from a whole football team! The normal number is
in fact usually limited to just one!
Finding Baby Boy & Baby
Girl Middle names - Any differences?
Is there a difference between the selection criteria
used when finding a Baby Boy and Baby Girl name? Yes,
there is a difference. Parents tend to choose a less
flamboyant first name for boys than they do for girls.
The choice of a traditional name are balanced by a more
unusual type of middle name for a boy. Conversely,
parents are happier giving a more unusual, exotic or
unique first name to a girl. They balance this choice by
finding a more traditional Girl Middle name!
Sound reasons for giving a
Middle name to a baby
A sensible idea for quite a few reasons:
- Middle names are viewed as the 'norm'
- People without them often feel that they have
- They help to identify family members who often
save the First and Last name
- Confusion regarding posted letters to holders of
identical first and last names in the same household
are lessened by them
- For Americans a Middle name is nigh on
An American must!
Giving a Middle name to an American is highly
recommended. Middle names, or initials are expected. The
absence of such a name can result in the initials NMI
being added. John Smith would therefore be identified as
J. Smith NMI. The NMI stands for No Middle Initial.
Adopting an arbitrary initial to a name, devoid of a
Middle name, does not fare much better. John X Smith is
often clarified as John X (only) Smith. Oh Well! It
keeps the Bureaucrats happy!
Enjoy the choice!
The task and responsibility of choosing a firstname is
fraught with potential disaster! Not so with Middling
ones! So enjoy the wonderful range that you can select
for your baby. We hope that the information and advice
offered in www.babynames.org.uk Site Map will help you
with your selection. Check out a unique baby name for a
boy or a girl then we have a host of unusual and foreign
ones to choose from. Click the link to the
Unique Baby Names
to continue your search. The Unique Baby Name section
might also prove to be of additional help... Have fun
and watch out for the pitfalls!