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I used to be really against more than one middle name, but now I find that some names just sound better or more put together with double middle names. I do think it is nice to carry on family tradition or perhaps use one middle name you love and another after a family member. However, that being said, I probably would only use one middle name. I think two is the limit, anything after that is just plain rediculous. You gotta think of the kid before yourself and how much of a pain having a jumble of middle names would be...(legal documents, official school documents, licenses, and so on...)
As far as one kid to the next, I think it varies. For instance, our first child was a boy, and there aren't any boy namesakes to name his after. He's named after his father, and that's about it. I wasn't gonna stick the poor kid with Luke Andrew Denise. But this one is a girl, and there ARE female namesakes. Well okay.. technically the Morgan she'd be named after is a guy, but whatever.
I've known people with four or more middle names - usually just multiple family names for that gender and the parents only had one child sort of thing. I don't think one kid would feel cheated for not having an extra name though.. especially if it does cause paperwork issues (though I'm pretty sure even for legal stuff they just use the first two names given).
I have two middle names, I am named after both my Grandmothers. I plan on having two middle names, one of with I want to be a variation of my last name, and the other my husbands name put together with my sisters name (if it is a girl hehe, I am not even pregnant yet)
I think multiple middle names are fine when they sound good and are not overly excessive/long. For me, I don't think the rule has to apply to all of your childrens names either. S/O has two middle names because he came 3 months early and his parents couldn't decide while his older sister only has 1, my uncle has a middle name while my mom doesn't, etc. Just doesn't come off like a big deal to me.
I'm not a fan of more than 2 but honestly, Its what ever YOU want.
As for people not thinking it's right to give one child one middle name and the next one, two - they are individuals. They aren't suppose to match
My first dd has 1 middle name and my next two have two. I'll let you know in a few years if she feels cheated [/b]
Proud Mommy to Mattea Lilian born February 21st 2007 - 7lbs 14oz &
Owen Markus James born October 21st 2009 - 10lbs
Forever loving & Missing ~Damian~ born into heaven August 13th 2008