Is Rose a boring middle name?

(52 Posts)
flowerygirl Fri 29-Mar-13 19:21:08

Love it but has it become the Jane/Louise of this generation?

pootlebug Fri 29-Mar-13 19:23:06

I think Rose, May/Mae and Grace tie for the Louise of this generation.

pootlebug Fri 29-Mar-13 19:23:31

I think they are all lovely names though....just v popular middle names

Ham69 Fri 29-Mar-13 19:23:38

It's very pretty but very predictable these days, along with Grace and May/Mae. Use it if you love it, but i'd probably try and be a bit more original.

Coconutty Fri 29-Mar-13 19:26:31

Yes, very.

Yes, but it is a beautiful first name.

flowerygirl Fri 29-Mar-13 19:31:40

I was considering Roisin instead of Rose as I love that too.

Rose is such a beautiful name though, might just have to accept it's popularity! It's not like it's a first name!

SleepyCatOnTheMat Fri 29-Mar-13 19:34:44

Yeah, it kinda has. I handle a lot of people's personal data as an administrator and see the same middle names over and over - Louise, Jane, Anne/Ann, Elizabeth; it is boring. Middle names should have some meaning to you personally, otherwise what's the point?

Varya Fri 29-Mar-13 19:34:54

I think its a lovely middle name. There is a little girl named Sofia Rose in my family and I like it.

Still18atheart Fri 29-Mar-13 19:40:51

It depends what the first name is. My middle name is Louise and I agree that it is a common middle name, but I have a fairly uncommon first name and surname so I quite like it

Yellowtip Fri 29-Mar-13 19:44:25

I have a Georgia Rose (in her twenties and named after the Georgia National Guard). Rose is a beautiful middle name. I also have a Sophie Louise (named after Louisville, where she was in a NICU).

nectarini1983 Fri 29-Mar-13 19:44:28


VerySmallSqueak Fri 29-Mar-13 19:45:13

If you love it,use it.
It's a lovely name- middle or otherwise.

LeonieDeSainteVire Fri 29-Mar-13 19:46:21

It's such a beautiful name though, if you like it use it. Who cares if others do too? Do what you want. After all for a middle name there is always more freedom.

purples Fri 29-Mar-13 19:46:43

Rose is beautiful, I'd go with it

I think it's beautiful and glad it's made such a comeback recently.
One of my great-great grandmothers was called Rose - I think she had 12 children (one of them my Grandpa's Father) I'd love to suggest it for a grandchild one day - for either first or middle name, especially as DD has a flower name too smile

Maryz Fri 29-Mar-13 19:55:09

I've used middle names that mean something, though. A family name for example. Rather than just a middle-name-because-it's-traditional name.

Do you have any relatives you want to "honour"?

Rosa also lovely.

My great great grandmother Rose went out to Canada with her three youngest sons and helped them to build their log cabins & her daughters-in-law having their first babies. We've got pictures of her alongside her boys next to felled trees practically with saw in hand !

EeyoresGloomyPlace Fri 29-Mar-13 20:05:00

Its beautiful. I'm biased because its dd2s middle name. Also by coincidence one of my DSis's too. We used it because we asked mil if she would like to chose her middle name, seeing as dd1 shares mine and my DM's (coincidentally another very very common one) it is DH's nan's middle name so although people might scoff at it being "boring" and "predictable" it actually means a lot to us.

Basically if you love a name use it, sod what anyone else thinks.

OutragedFromLeeds Fri 29-Mar-13 20:11:12

Yes and I think it is the Louise of this generation. I think every other girl under 5 I know has Rose either as a first name, as the second bit of a double barrelled first name or as a middle name. In one singing group we go to there is; Connie-Rose, Izzy-Rose, Ivy-Rose, Rose, Rose and Rosie. The 'hello' song is so boring.

Nordicmom Fri 29-Mar-13 20:17:26

Very common as a middle name but I have yet to ever meet anyone who has it as first name . I Have a nearly 1y Rose and it was in the top 100 in around 90 something recently . I love it smile! If u love it use it !

CPtart Fri 29-Mar-13 20:20:32

Yes, no doubt about it. I know a newborn Rosa, prefer that tbh.

Bue Fri 29-Mar-13 20:22:58

Yes very boring. It's a filler name. Shame, because it's beautiful!

AmandaPayntedEgg Fri 29-Mar-13 21:35:21

Yes it is very common. But I have one of those 70s filler names that people are so negative about and I quite like it. I have an unusual first name and my parents intentionally gave me something straightforward to fall back on if I hated my first name.

If you have loved a name your whole life (as I have my DD's middle name), you shouldn't care whether it's common. It doesn't much matter. It's not like it will be in every hello song and class register.

flowerygirl Fri 29-Mar-13 21:42:02

My middle name is Jane and although I don't like it, it follows well after my first name which has lots of syllables!

I would like to honour a relative, Joyce, but is that too grannified?! She never liked her name so I don't know if it defeats the point?!

NewBlueShoes Fri 29-Mar-13 21:42:25

What about Rosanna? I wanted to call Dd1 Rosanna but then granny called her dog Rosie so that was the end of that.

casma Fri 29-Mar-13 21:45:35

DD's middle name is Rose. When she was younger she used to pretend she didn't have a middle name as she was embarrassed to tell people because it's so old fashioned hmm

She 17 now and, thankfully, has got over that - she used to ask me why I didn't give her a normal middle name!

casma Fri 29-Mar-13 21:46:35

Re Joyce - have you considered Joy or is that too tenuous a link?

Rosa Fri 29-Mar-13 21:48:45

Dd1 - 7 has it as her second name... however when we picked it we had no idea it was popular ( we live abroad). DH grandmother was Rosa and it was also significant from my we gave it to her as a second name. We loved it and still do.
Dd2 -4 has Grace as her second name... Again we had no idea it was so very popular in the UK we chose it as was a family name.

i would make the same choices again . IMO you chose what you like!!!

flowerygirl Fri 29-Mar-13 21:50:28

It's a bit tenuous...I'm not particularly keen on Joyce as a name (it was just to honour the relative)

Do wonder if granny names like Joyce/Eileen/Hilda/Irene will make a comeback too, as well as Florence/Ivy etc?!

Shellywelly1973 Fri 29-Mar-13 21:51:49

My dd now 12 has it as a middle name. It was in memory of my aunt who i was very close to.

My cousin named her first dd Rose as well.

Beautiful name...

sjupes Fri 29-Mar-13 21:52:37

My sisters new baby will have the middle name rose after her gran. I hate the name but at least it's not the full rosalind!

loulatallulah Fri 29-Mar-13 22:00:47

'A filler name'

Yep, because every new parent looks at their newborn daughter and thinks, 'I can't be arsed thinking of a beautiful middle name, let's just use that filler name....'

Maybe, just maybe, lots of people think it's nice?

aufaniae Sat 30-Mar-13 03:49:28

Yes, Rose May and Grace are undoutably the Louise of our time.

When I hear someone's used one of them I must admit inwardly I think "not another one!" although obviously if you love it, ignore what I think!

FWIW I agree with others that it's nice to have a middle bane which means something. How about Jocelyn?

aufaniae Sat 30-Mar-13 03:50:27

What was your family member joyce's middle name?

bigbluebump Sat 30-Mar-13 07:37:59

Yes! Seems to be used as a nice sounding filler name by many.

bigbluebump Sat 30-Mar-13 07:39:21

And yes, it is nice sounding. But still quite unoriginal!

NotTreadingGrapes Sat 30-Mar-13 07:41:57

It's lovely. Yes. But, as many others have said, it is the default along with May and Grace. (though May <shudders> tends to gets a hyphen)

I suppose it's become so common because it fits with every other name. No matter if the first name is classy and elegant or totally freakishly bonkers.

(I do think we need some more Roses as first names though!)

Bedat10 Sat 30-Mar-13 07:51:19

I'm 32 and its my middle name. Like a pp, I hated it as a child as it seemed old fashioned. Now I love it. And I only know one baby rose (and no middle named roses!) Go for it

LeonieDeSainteVire Sat 30-Mar-13 08:43:30

Exactly what loulatallulah said up thread.

People chose names because they like them. Names that happen to get used a lot are rarely if ever chosen because people can't be bothered, they are chosen because parents like them.

There is a lot of sneering on the baby names section and I hate it. For every person who comes on and says 'I hated being one of 20 Sarahs in my class' there is someone who says 'I hated being the only Pythagorus in my school everyone laughed at me'. Choose a name you love, spell it in a recognised way and check the initials don't spell B.U.M. or whatever. Surely those are the only 'rules'.

OP if you want Rose for a middle name use it and ignore any negative views.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 30-Mar-13 08:48:53

Yup, very boring filler. But then aren't all middle names just fillers, unless there's some sort of meaning behind them?

ZolaBuddleia Sat 30-Mar-13 08:50:05

What about Joy, if you want to honour your relative?

froggers1 Sat 30-Mar-13 08:54:07

My middle name is Rose and I am's funny. I hated it as a child as it was so unusual...well that has bitten me on the bum....

Teapig Sat 30-Mar-13 17:01:55

We're thinking of using Rose as a middle name for our LO. I agree that's fairly common now and could be seen as a bit of a boring filler name. Our first name choice is very unusual though so we want something to balance that out.

If you love it go for it, middle names don't get used that much and if it flows with the first name then why not?

lakeofshiningwaters Sat 30-Mar-13 17:11:14

I think Rose, May and Grace are all lovely names, whether for middle or first.

All those people saying they are just fillers, and middle names should mean something - don't you think it possible that, because those names were popular in our grandparents' generation, lots of people now are choosing them because they do have a personal connection?

Startail Sat 30-Mar-13 17:17:18

It's common because it flows nicely, my DSIS has a common 70's middle name, which flows. Mine is my mothers and my full name is a bit of a mouthful. It's also far longer to write on forms.

DD1s middle name is my NN (because oldest DD being called after mum applied to DSIL too and we decided to continue the tradition), also it works. DD2 has DMILs name as sadly she died while I was PG.

Acandlelitshadow Sat 30-Mar-13 17:27:24

It's beautiful.

Dd has Grace and Rose as middle names and I still love them 20 years after we chose them.

As for their being "filler names".....hmm

GW297 Sat 30-Mar-13 18:01:31

No it's lovely! One of if not my very favourite middle name for a girl.

Uhoh2007 Sat 30-Mar-13 22:07:42

Yes it's very common as a middle name. But it's lovely - and that's why.

TheSecondComing Sat 30-Mar-13 22:13:38

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VodkaJelly Sun 31-Mar-13 20:14:44

My DD is 12 weeks old and her middle name is Rose, mostly because I love Roses (the flowers mostly but the chocolates come a close second) but it is also a family name so we used it. I know it is very popular now but we love the name so dont really care what anyone else thinks.

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