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How many middle names are too many?

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4andcounting Sat 29-Sep-12 22:36:41

Just wondering what peoples opinions on this are

Myself and my siblings each have 3 middle names, although they are next to never used and when they are it's normally only the first middle name

Narked Sat 29-Sep-12 22:56:45

Two max (sorry!)

firsttimemama Sat 29-Sep-12 23:00:06


PacificDogwood Sat 29-Sep-12 23:01:23

Well, my 4 boys have 2 middle names each, so more than that is too many, obviously wink. You did ask!

manicinsomniac Sun 30-Sep-12 00:57:16

I think 3 is too many

Sinkingfeeling Sun 30-Sep-12 01:07:29

dd3 has 2 middle names and I thought that was really one too many, but indulged myself anyway as I knew she would be the last dc and needed to use up my stash of good names!

Pochemuchka Sun 30-Sep-12 01:11:23

I have 2 middle names and as a result my DC have none.
2 is definitely too many.

TodaysAGoodDay Sun 30-Sep-12 01:27:09

I have 3 middle names, so five in all, and it's too many, especially on official forms that require your full name and don't give you enough space. And yes, I'm looking at you, UK Passport Agency!

I'd only give one middle name, it's easier that way IMO.

Cezella Sun 30-Sep-12 01:47:47

My friend has ELEVEN middle names plus a double barrel surname giving her a total of fourteen names altogether. It's stupid, no one ever remembers them (although she has a habit of interchanging them on her Facebook profile every now and then) and if anything it means that her middle names are even less significant than usual. Much nicer to have one really special middle name than eleven random ones for fun on the birth certificate!

arghhhmiddleage Sun 30-Sep-12 01:51:15

I've always thought that if I had kids I'd give them two. But that may be because I don't have one and have always felt a little bit deprived smile.

In all honestly, isn't anything more than two going to appear a lot bit pretentious?

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 30-Sep-12 04:08:04

One is best, two is ok at a push.

ValiumQueen Sun 30-Sep-12 05:28:57

Two at the most. One if surname is double barrelled.

nooka Sun 30-Sep-12 05:43:48

One is just fine. I have two and find it a bit of a nuisance (for forms and such like which often only allow on middle name/initial), my children have one each. Not having any makes a name a bit plain though I think.

Gugglebum Sun 30-Sep-12 06:44:16

I cringe at more than two, myself. My children each have one, but I could see using two in some instances.

MikeLitoris Sun 30-Sep-12 07:16:02

Ds has two but they are quite long names.

I only use one for forms as its roo much faff using both and I don't really like either of them tbh.

QOD Sun 30-Sep-12 07:42:55

A football teams worth is to many, any other amount, it's up to you

My dd has 2 and whines about it but hey .... My choice

LauraPalmerPlusOne Sun 30-Sep-12 10:39:24

We're giving our baby one middle name (which is the same as my own middle name) but we're also giving him both of our surnames (non-barrelled). In effect it's the same as two middle names (4 names total) which I think is the absolute maximum number I would ever hang bestow on a child.

imustbepatient Sun 30-Sep-12 13:30:07

I have 2 as does DH hence so does DC1 and soon to arrive DC2 will also. We love that it feels a bit like a new family tradition for our little family. Plus you get to use more of the names you can't decide on from your short list!

YouMayLogOut Sun 30-Sep-12 16:01:55

2 is too many.

Labootin Sun 30-Sep-12 16:05:21

Surely it's a middle name because it goes IN THE MIDDLE

Dcs have one Which are both family names or they would just be x labootin and y labootin

Less is more

[shudders at eleven... Too try hard and bloody annoying for the child]

Teahouse Sun 30-Sep-12 16:09:22

My kids have 2 middle names; one from each side of the family so they have a chosen name from parents, and a life long connection to their grandparents too.

PaintingTheFlowersRed Sun 30-Sep-12 16:12:40

For me, one is perfect, 2 is acceptable, more than 2 is too much.

septemberpie Sun 30-Sep-12 18:21:04

My kids also have 2 middle names for the same reasons as Teahouse. I just felt really strongly about creating a link with the past and it needed to be names from both sides of the family to be fair smile

It's more important that the names go nicely together than how many they have IMO.

gazzalw Sun 30-Sep-12 18:28:22

Yes, I agree with Teahouse and Septemberpie - ours both have two...and also it gives them options if they decide they don't like their given names!

Ham69 Sun 30-Sep-12 18:38:22

I think it depends on the situation.
My DD has 2 middle names and a double barrelled surname. That is because I really felt it was important to use my late mum's name but it didn't sound right next to her chosen name. I put a name in between to make it flow better.

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