From time to time we have discussions on names, and trends in names. Unfortunately, the anonymous nature of the site means that we can’t relate much of anything about the actual names used in our families.
Do you have a middle name? Do your kids have them? Is there something in your ethnic or regional background that dictates what is used as a middle name or how many or the order? What about using two or more last names from both sides of the family? How about Saints’ names? Or the Southern custom of using a family surname for a middle name and going by that instead of the more vanilla first name?
And if you feel like it, please share some of your real ones. In my immediate family the middle names are Biblical: Asher, Isaiah, Ruth, Elizabeth, Jochebed (pronounced yō-‘HEH-but, Moses’ mother), Abraham. Except for me. My 1950s mom was assimilated in the fashion oand didn’t want to be ethnic, so it is Beth to honor my late grandmother, Beile (BAY-luh).