Friday, October 23, 2009

Initials



So the question has come up: how'd we transport all the goodies from Broad Summit? A good question. Which leads nicely into my final summit report (no really, this is my last post about it, I promise). There are two answers to the question: Totebags. And Toyotas.


Each attendee was given a personalized totebag from Lands' End so they could haul their lovely gifties home. The bags are ginormous. And I totally have a thing for ginormous totebags — you know, roomy enough for beach towels or blankets, plus food, plus a camera bag, plus all the things your children are likely to collect on any given outing. So I lurve my new bag. I used mine as my carry-on during the flight home. I was wearing navy and stripes and the red looked totally awesome with my outfit. (Because red + navy is yummy.)


To haul the peoples around, Toyota lent us a fleet of their prettiest cars. I did most of my driving in a Highlander and a Sienna (with Laurie and Jordan and Megan and Dorothy). Both cars are very roomy. And extra-nice for me, I was able to see some of the friends I'd made at the Toyota Studio Tour last year — including Jean Aw of NotCot. Whom I adore. At one point, Jean, who attends far more techy-ish events (and far fewer girly events like the summit) said something like: Geez. I can't believe all the camera equipment attendees brought to the summit — the tech companies should be targeting this crowd...




Question inspired by the initials on my totebag: How many of you weren't given a middle name when you were born? And related question: How many of you have not given middle names to your own children?


I'm so curious. I didn't have a middle name while growing up. I was Gabrielle Stanley. And then when I married, I (conveniently) took Stanley as my middle name. I didn't think not having a middle name was that unusual, but at the summit, the topic came up and I was
the only one out of 30 that didn't have a middle name as a child.

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68 Comments:

Blogger marian said...

I did not have a middle name as a child (I kept my maiden name like you) and I have not given my 3, almost 4, girlies middle names either. My littlest sis (#4 girl for my mom) somehow got a middle name and now that she is getting married and taking a new last name she is a little sad to give up her maiden name.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Adventures In Babywearing said...

I love the personalized totes. What a wonderful idea for the event. I am sure the attendees found that most special!

My grandfather doesn't have a middle name. My middle name is Ruth and all my kids have middle names (mainly used to honor family and tradition) including Ivy taking a form of mine - her middle name is LaRue.

Steph

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Torrie said...

I don't have a middle name, but I have two last names (hyphenated). My mother is a feminist, so I was given her last name and my father's last name. When I married my husband I kept my last name, but my daughter has my husband's last name because there was no way we were doing a three name hyphenation. She has a middle name because her last name is short.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:36:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Michelle said...

I don't have a middle name. Growing up I hated it and used to make up middle names for myself and then write my "initials" all over my books, etc. My mother doesn't have one, so I guess she didn't think it was a big deal, so both my sister and I are without them. I still meet people to this day who are SHOCKED that I don't have one. "WHYYYY???" Now I sort of like it...it makes me unique!

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger gina bina said...

I was not given a middle name as a child, and like you, kept my maiden name as my middle name when I was married. I actually LOVE it that way. It means so much to me to have "kept" my maiden name. I didn't feel that I was giving it up completely when I took my husbands last name. For this reason, I will not give my future daughters middle names.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:51:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kaitlin said...

My brothers and I were each given TWO middle names which I always thought was weird. No previous relatives had more than one middle name. For monograms, each of us used the letter from our first middle name. My married name starts with the same letter as my maiden name, so I dropped my 2nd middle name and my maiden name to keep my initials the same.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:51:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a middle name...nothing went with my first name. So, I've used my maiden name through 27 years of marriage. I gave my youngest my middle/maiden name for a middle name.

My mom in law and her 4 daughters all are 'middle name less' and use their maidens for the middles. We all like it!

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jamie said...

I wasn't given a middle name, nor was way sister. Our parents assumed we'd make our maiden name our middle name at some point. I'm in my late 30s and still single, so I'm still just sporting two names. Which is fine until you get to one of those pesky web forms where a middle name is required.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mariah said...

I am like you & did not have a middle name growing up. When I married I took my maiden as my middle. If I ever have daughters, I will give them middle names. Mainly because I always wanted one.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Bri (like the cheese) said...

I have a good friend who has a middle initial, but no name. Just a single letter. The idea was that at 16, she could choose her own name to go with the initial. She like the uniqueness of the solitary letter and kept it that way. My daughter has two middle names...so much for monograms for her...

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:01:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous makyo said...

my mom didn't have a middle name, and used her last name as her middle after she got married. she gave both my sister and i her last name as our middle names (my two cousins on my mom's side also have the same middle name... i thought this was totally normal when i was a kid). this worked our totally fine, but since i took my husband's last name, and plan to give my last to my baby as a middle, my mom's maiden name is getting lost now, which makes me kind of sad.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Maren said...

1. I grew up w/o a middle name and loved it - it was nice to be unique. (Plus it was fun to have teachers not believe me.) I want to carry on the tradition, but so far I haven't had any girls (we just do it for the girls.) But my 2nd son has my maiden name as his middle name, so it's fun to share a middle name with him.

2. I also LURVE Land's End totes. I also have a red and navy one (way cute!)that goes to church full of all my Primary stuff each week. Not only are they cute but they last FOREVER. Love it.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Carie said...

I didn't get a middle name either. I am from a family of all girls, so in a way, it helps keep the family name alive. Plus, when it's a really cool last night like Jones, it's good to hold on to. (Indianna Jones, Keeping up with the Joneses, etc.)

I gave my kids middle names of beloved family members.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:10:00 PM EDT  
Blogger McSwain said...

I had a middle name, but dropped it when I got married. So my name is First Maiden Married, make sense? I didn't mind losing my middle name much. Is it a southern thing to drop your middle name and keep your maiden? Just wondering.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:10:00 PM EDT  
Blogger The Lenarts said...

I grew up in Slovenia and we are not given the middle name. Now living in Missouri, my son who is 4 was never give one either. His first name (Enzo) is strong enough that it can stand on its own. With second pregnancy we are again only looking for one name. In my opinion more names, more trouble. And you only get to use them when filling out forms.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Design Mom said...

I'm loving all these answers! There are frequent discussions about keeping your name vs changing your name when marrying — but I never hear about middle names. And clearly there are strong opinions.

I shouldn't be surprised. Obviously, names are very personal things.

For those who are curious. Three of my kids have middle names. One child has 2 middle names. One child has no middle names. We have not been consistent at all!

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:15:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't have a middle name growing up either. We weren't going to give our girls middle names. But when it came time to naming our child, we ended up giving them middle names.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:15:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Mixing Bowl Mama said...

I have a middle name as do my siblings, parents and husband. My children have two middle names simply because we wanted to include both sides of our family when naming them. The LOVE having two middle names because they don't know anyone else who does, and they always explain who they're named after.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:23:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anne said...

My sisters and I are all middle-name-less and have all used our maiden name as a middle now; this makes for strange initials when your maiden name is Williams. If I had a daughter I think I would give her a middle name since going without seems loaded on the what-I-think-your-life-will-be-like-side-of-things. Maybe that's why I have four sons.

Anne

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger sam's mom said...

I have a middle name and a hyphenated last name, my kids have their dad's last name only. My son has one middle name and my daughter has 2. Phew!

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:31:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. I had a middle name growing up (not that I liked it). My husband, of Italian ancestry, was not given one. In fact no one in his immediate family or extended family has one. When it came time to name our first son, we discussed, and decided on no middle name (and followed suit with our other 2 children). Our rationale---I almost never use my middle name, save legal documents. Plus the only time I ever heard it was when I was in trouble for something! Karen Jean!!!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Trisha said...

I have that bag! But in brown not red and with my last name instead of initials.
I love it too. Many a beach and carry on trips have been taken with it.
And, one more thing. I don't have a middle name, but my maiden name is now my middle name. I always wanted a
middle name. So, I gave both my kids middle names. My daughter can keep all names when she marries, or pick and choose. It's up to her:)

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

I have no middle name either! Turn is it now! I didn't take my hubby's last name for 5 years! lol! Now I quite like Amy Turn Sharp though! xoxo The BS looked amazing!

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 2:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lori said...

I was just like you: no middle name at birth, maiden name became middle name at marriage. I love this idea. All three of my daughters are without a middle name as well.
Sometimes growing up my friends would not believe that I didn't have one and thought my middle name must be so awful that I was lying about it.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 2:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger {amy} said...

Isn't it kind of a Mormon thing for girls to have no middle name so they can use their maiden names in the middle when they marry....I don't have a middle name...but I think it would have been nice to have a family name with meaning for a middle. I did give my daughter a middle. How come Jordan has a middle and you don't?

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 2:41:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Edi said...

I have a middle name...and so do my two children. As it worked out their initials are the reverse of each other (not intentional) ...daughter is J.H. and son is H.J. -

My father has 4 names...from what I gather he was legally given a first and second name but his MOTHER didn't like either name (perhaps his father named him??) - and was christened with two other names. So when he signs something legally he signs it with his legal first and second initial and then his nickname based on his christened first name ex. Robert John Matthew Steven Williamson would be R.J. Matt Williamson, as he goes by Matt. His brother was named John but everyone calls him Jack - his sister also was not called by her first name (perhaps she had 4 names too!)

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 2:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Barbie said...

I didn't have a middle name until marriage as well.
I sometimes think it would have been nice to have one, though. My name is Barbara, which is dated, so I always went by Barbie (which has obvious strong connotations). As an adult now, I am not fond of my name anymore. But how does one all of a sudden say, "call me (this) instead?"It would have been nice to have a middle name for a convenient alternative.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 2:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Libby said...

I believe in options for the kiddos. So middle name it is for our family.

I figure what if they grow up and dislike the first name that we chose for them or what if some crazy person has their exact same name and becomes a famous criminal. Then they can always go by the middle name.

Plus-I go by a form of my middle name (Elizabeth) instead of my first name, which is my grandmother's name. I liked having the option.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

I don't have a middle name, and always wanted one. I think my name is sort of standard fare, so it would have been nice to have something to set it apart from everyone else a bit.

I love the idea of giving two middle names, one from each side of the family! That's a great way to have unique names without resorting to crazy spellings, and get your kids more interested in their roots.

I have a friend from Portugal who has 5 names. He told me it is very traditional to have several names like that in Portugal, which I think is fascinating. There's this whole set of traditional guidelines, apparently, for "formulating" babies names.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ali said...

I did not have a middle name either. But both of my girls do. Too many family names not to use the middle name and I love being able to use their three initials instead of two (AM) like when I was a child. AMT is much, much nicer....

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Janet said...

I did not have a middle name. Just Janet Parsons. So, like you, Parsons became my middle name when I got married. And I like that my initials now are jpr - which I often use.

But I didn't like it when I was growing up. No one believed that I didn't have a middle name and they accused me of just not telling because it must be something just awful. So, all of my children have middle names!

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger 100 Percent Cottam said...

i think not having a middle name is a mormon thing. the only people i've ever met with no middle name were all mormon. and, like you, they all took their maiden names as their middle when they got married.

i do have a middle name, and kept it when i got married. a lot of my friends got rid of their middle names and kept their maiden names as a middle name instead when they got married. so maybe no middle name is smart thinking...

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger bedelia said...

I didn't have one either...maiden to middle. I don't have daughters yet but I'll continue that tradition if I do.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Courtney said...

I am also a maiden-name-turned-middle-namer. I was always sad to not have a middle name when I was growing up, so it was important to me to give my daughter a middle name (which is my first name). I guess I thought having only two names was boring-- the more names the merrier! But I am really happy to still have my maiden name be a part of me now.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Alicia W. said...

It's so interesting to read all the answers. My mother did not have a middle name growing up and her original plan was to do the same for her daughters. My older sister was not given a middle name. When I came along, my parents felt like my name by itself was not enough. So they gave me a middle name (which I love and have passed along to one of my daughters). My mom was a little sad when I dropped my maiden name after I got married, though.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:52:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Heather said...

I'm not married AND I have a middle name. But i have thought about this before. I LOVE all three of my names, but I also intend to take my husband's last name when I get married. To honor my maiden name which is Lilly, I always thought it would be fun to give a future daughter my maiden name as her first name. God-willing someday I'll get to. :)

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 4:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger k.morrison said...

I have no middle name and kept my maiden name when I got married (I love my name and my husband but not really my husband's name).

I LOVE not having a middle name and especially loved it growing up. It made me feel so special.

My intention was for my children not to have middle names but then when naming my daughter we came to a compromise that a name I absolutely loved but he didn't so much would be her middle name (he really wanted middle names - he has two).

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 4:23:00 PM EDT  
Blogger MP said...

My mother wasn't given a middle name. When she married my dad she didn't make/take/steal one either. She said she liked it that way.

We didn't give my daughter a middle name. Our rationale was that we (her parents) chose her first name, tradition/family chose her last name (her father/my last name) so she should be able to to choose her own middle name. And she will on her 18th birthday, if she wants.

When/if we have more children we'll do the same with them. My MIL threw a fit when she found out. Thought we were going crazy. I like to think of it as a secret homage to my mother. :)

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 4:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger loft2dwell said...

I loved not having a middle name growing up & now I love having my maiden name as my middle name now that I'm married. If we have girls, I'd prefer not to give them a middle name, but I don't think my husband agrees with the no middle name thing for girls (he has 2 middle names.) He only uses one, unless it's on a legal document.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 4:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger made sweet said...

i don't have a middle name! I have four sisters, and none of us do. Neither does my mom.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 4:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jessica Jo said...

my mom didn't have a middle name, though her first name is kind of two names together. my name stems from my dad being a redneck and my mom not being okay with that. He wanted to call me "Jessie Jo" and she decided "Jessica JoAnne" would work better, so I didn;t have to be a redneck, YAY! I almost didn't give my newborn a middle name just because we couldn't agree on anything, but the last minute before we left the hospital we decided on Lynn, after my MIL. blech

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 5:17:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jeanette Mc. said...

How interesting this post and the comments are. I didn't know there were so many people without a middle name. I've never thought about this but my mother wasn't given a middle name and used her maiden name after she was married - though all her siblings DO have middle names. I don't know why. I was given a middle name but only gave my daughter an initial - many reasons there. I find it all very interesting.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 5:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Carrie said...

I use First Middle Married as my name. Although I was born in the 70s, which means my middle name is Ann. (The only other options available for middle names during that decade were Lynn, Marie or Elizabeth. Period.)

My husband goes by his middle name, and we have to work hard to remember to use his given first name on "official" things. For that reason, we didn't use middle names on our wedding invites -- because we didn't want to say "Donald Matthew" we didn't get to say "Carrie Ann." I was a teeny bit bummed about that. It's not a spectacular middle name, but it's mine!

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 5:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Christy said...

I had a middle name growing up. But had a panic attack going to the social security office to change my name when I got married. So I dropped my middle name and kept my Maiden name. I plan on giving my first daughter my old middle name as her's. She can keep if she wants or drop it later.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 5:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

I have a middle name, but it is my dad's last name (parents didn't marry) so it wasn't really one like most other kids. I sorta love now that I am married I have been able to retain one of my 'madien' names-
My mom is a JoAnn and so she didn't have a middle name- it is always a hot topic of discussion...

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 6:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kristen said...

my parents did not give middle names to myself or my three sisters - so we could keep our maiden mane once we were married. my brother did get a middle name.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 6:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger nano*ink said...

One of my 9 children does not have a middle name. Her name is Gwenyth and I reasoned that it was involved enough that she didn't need a middles name, but she wishes she had one. All of her children have middle names.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 6:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger sallyavena said...

I have a unique middle name and kept it when I got married. Really since 2nd grade when some "clever" boy figured out he could change one letter in my last name and make a really bad word with it, did I look forward to dropping my maiden name. Then I married a guy in whose family it is tradition to give one of the sons their mom's maiden name. My poor son has it as a middle name. I love my family and that I can walk down the street of my small hometown and have people say, "You must be a (my maiden name)", but the trama in elementary school I could have done without. Interestingly enough, out of my 10 siblings, I'm the only one that it either a)happened to or b)remembers. Wonder what that says about me if it's 'b'.
I did love my unique middle name, even now that I know the meaning. It was my grandmother's and no one knows how she ended up with a latin/spanish word for oatmeal as her middle name. It's a fun mystery to be a part of.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ClistyB said...

I grew up LDS in the bay area. And I had never heard of with holding a middle name so they can keep the maiden name after marriage. Eventually my friend clued me in about it. Weird, I felt out of the loop.
I like middle names, because you can choose them, last names are just luck o the draw .

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 9:15:00 PM EDT  
Blogger MB said...

I had two middle names. I even thought about keeping my last name when I got marries and adding it to my middle name "collection" ;)

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 10:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Peggy said...

I love love love that tote!

Peggy

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 10:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Janssen said...

My sisters and I all have middle names and my sister who is married and I both dropped our maiden names and kept the middle names.

My husband and his brother have middle names, but his sister doesn't. You better believe there will not be such sexism in my family. All children shall have middle names no matter the gender.

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 11:23:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Azúcar said...

I didn't have one and you can bet your bottom dollar that every single one of my children will get a middle name.

(Little childhood issue there? Maybe.)

Yes, I took my maiden name as my middle name.

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 4:20:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Brooke Reynolds said...

I was the same as you, no middle name. My mom hated having four names when she got married, so she didn't give her girls one. As a child I hated it, and made up the name "Elizabeth" as my middle name. I actually have Girl Scout certificates and other things made out to "Brooke Elizabeth".

I just like the sound of a middle name. And the history it adds. We gave our son the name of my grandfather and my daughter has my mother's name as her middle name.

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 12:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ann said...

i wasn't given a middle name by my parents but i now use my maiden name. i have a daughter and i did give her a middle name. partly because i always wanted one when i was growing up; partly because we wanted her named after 2 grandmothers. sometimes i'm still up in the air about it-but i guess it's too late now. ;)

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 1:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger the emily said...

I didn't have a middle name and neither did any of my three sisters, but my two brothers did. Odd. I kept my maiden name as well.

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 2:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

I am loving all these comments! I never had a middle name and kept my maiden name. But my husband thinks that is totally weird and so we used family names as middle names for our 2 girls. It is a nice way to honor our moms, and McKissick would be a hefty future middle name!

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 4:56:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jane said...

I don't have a middle name. I had never heard of converting ones maiden name to a middle name (I'm Canadian & not Mormon) or maybe I would have done that.

Somehow the bank that issued my Visa card decided that my middle initial was "H" so I get quite a kick out of that. Hilary? Heidi? Hester? Hilda? Henrietta? Harriet? Haven? Hannah?...

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 5:38:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had no middle name, and always felt cheated because my eight siblings (yes, eight) all had middle names, and I thought - what, when they got to me they got lazy? Or they forgot? Now my last name is hyphenated, so technically I still don't have a middle name. But my daughter does.

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 8:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Geneva said...

Me too! My maiden name was Castillo and my dad always wanted us to remember our heritage (despite my freckled, red head appearance) so he didn't give middle names for the girls in our family with the intention for us to take it as a middle name.

Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 1:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kirsty said...

I have a middle name and I prefer it to my given name but hardly anyone ever gets to hear it. :(

My kids all have a middle name. My daughter goes by both her first and given name-interchangeably depending on the crowd she's in which I think is fun. She loves both her names.

I am South African and had never heard of using your maiden name as a middle name before I met my American (Mormon) MIL who did. Since then I noticed many LDS women doing it. Is it more prevalent in LDS circles(particularly in the West?)

My husband's middle name is an *initial* which is so bizarre to me that it used to actually infuriate me. His parents could never come up with a logical enough explanation about that for me and it made me mental! They thought it was hilarious.

I asked them if they did it just so that he could qualify to be a GA one day ;) They deny it but I remain unconvinced :)

My sons' middle names are all after family members. I only regret one of them ;)

Finally, my sister chose her own middle name (and had it legally added) when she was about nine.

Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 1:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger TheMcGinleys said...

I love naming children - I have to restrain myself to only give them a first, middle and last name! Both of my daughters actually go by their middle names and my son (who is a third) goes by a nick name used by his great grandfather and unrelated to his first and middle names! I miss my middle name as I use my maiden name. I love LandsEnd totes - and each member of my family has a different color for theirs (except for me - of course!) and we have a family color for our beach/picnic bag!!! All with a monogram, of course!

Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 8:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jen said...

we just had our first girl after 3 boys. I am embarrased to say that after struggling and stuggling with the middle name my husband got up to bless her and gave her two! HA! My family was dying. We couldnt disappoint my father or his mom.

Monday, October 26, 2009 at 12:54:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Just weighing in...I didn't have a middle name either. Hated the fact that I didn't. So all four of my children have middle names.

Monday, October 26, 2009 at 8:57:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Aimee @ Smiling Mama said...

What a fun question for discussion! My husband doesn't have a middle name. He thought about taking his mom's maiden name as his middle name when we got married but ultimately just stayed with no middle name. (I guess the topic came up then because I was deciding if I would use my maiden name as my middle name or keep my middle name, I chose the latter.)

Personally, I love middle names and have enjoyed thinking of them for my 4yo son and soon-to-arrive #2. For our older son we used my mom's maiden name and for #2 we're strongly considering my MIL's maiden name.

Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11:31:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Katie B said...

My nickname is from my middle name-a popular thing in the south, but not in Huntsville, AL, where I grew up-so that caused all kinds of trauma for me on the first day of school. I always hated that I couldn't just answer "here" like everyone else but had to say "actually, it's not Mary, I go by Katie." It became more annoying when I moved out of the south to Chicago and couldn't cash a check because it was made out to Katie Bowman, not Mary K Bowman as was on my license. To be fair, it was a currency exchange right next to Cabrini Green so I'm sure lots of crackheads came in with stolen checks. Great to be lumped in with THAT crowd. so I guess the moral is be glad you don't have a middle name?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 7:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Katie B said...

oh, but we did go wit a middle name for our son...Tiberius.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 7:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger mymomshops said...

Gabi- I never had a middle name either. When I was little, my parents told me my first name (Joanna) was beautiful enough to stand alone so they didn't give me a middle name. When I got married, I kept my maiden name, so I still just had two initials. Monogrammed items have always been tough- it just doesn't look the same with 2 instead of 3 initials!

I love the ginormous canvas totes, too, though I prefer LL Bean's version b/c you can get them with extra long handles, too. I give these as baby gifts all the time.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 9:56:00 AM EDT  

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