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cakesandphotos Wed 08-Nov-17 14:44:18

Finally got DH to agree to two middle names for our baby. Been pregnant 6 months but been bugging him about this for around 2 years grin
We’re having Ruth as one middle name. We would have had it as a first name but my cousin is Ruth so we thought that would be weird. I want Brierley as a middle name too. Pronounced Br-eye-rly. It’s my mums maiden name and since her aunt and uncle had no children and she’s one of three girls, my grandma is the only one left of this branch of Brierleys.

Is it weird having a surname as a middle name? I know people do it with Lee etc. I also know I’d be forever spelling it. No one seems to get it right but I think it’s looks and sounds lovely smile

EgremontRusset Wed 08-Nov-17 14:48:14

It’s nice. Won’t be forever spelling it because Middle names are used so rarely! I think it would even make a nice first name.

qazxc Wed 08-Nov-17 14:52:24

I think it's a lovely name.
I don't think that spelling out a name is an issue when it's a middle name.

Chaffinch4 Wed 08-Nov-17 15:58:03

Middle names rarely get used, so I wouldn't worry about having to spell it out. It makes a pretty name.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 08-Nov-17 16:59:05

It's lovely!

Joinourclub Wed 08-Nov-17 18:46:18

Having family surnames as middle names is not uncommon, so go for it!

HettyB Wed 08-Nov-17 19:33:15

I love it! So much so I’d use it as a first name if I were you

Marmite27 Wed 08-Nov-17 19:35:56

I wouldn’t use it as a first name, but then I live in Yorkshire and it’s the name of a town here - it’d be like calling your child Sevenoaks.

Lovely as a middle name for the reason you’ve proposed though.

DuggeeHugs Wed 08-Nov-17 19:36:22

Not weird to me. DS has my maiden name as his English middle name

Brierley sounds lovely and you should go for it smile

numbmum83 Wed 08-Nov-17 19:36:41

By us it would be a daft name because it's the name of an area in the town but its quite nice .

QOFE Wed 08-Nov-17 19:38:40

You don't live in the Black Country do you?

It's the name of a miserable town (well, Brierley Hill) and in my head it's said in a miserable Dudley accent. Br-oi-er-ly. Grim.

squoosh Wed 08-Nov-17 19:40:16

I know loads of people with a family surname as a middle name. Totally normal.

Go for it.

minipie Wed 08-Nov-17 19:47:18

My mum's surname (she didn't change her name) is one of my middle names and I've also given it to my DDs.

I wouldn't do this with some surnames (eg my own surname which is similar to Harold - not a good mn for a girl...) but Brierley is pretty.

MikeUniformMike Wed 08-Nov-17 20:01:29

It's pretty. Brierley Ruth Photos or
Ruth Brierley Photos are absolutely fine.

Emabrmsca Wed 08-Nov-17 20:10:35

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SocksRock Wed 08-Nov-17 20:27:34

Its my maiden name - definitely use it! I always had to spell it though...

ProfessorPickles Wed 08-Nov-17 21:04:12

The next village to me is called Brierley!

BikeRunSki Wed 08-Nov-17 21:11:16

Completely normal to use a family surname as a middle day, usually the child’s mother’s maiden name, but grandma’s maiden name works too.

juliantortoise Wed 08-Nov-17 21:22:41

Perfect if you are a crystal vase!!

cakesandphotos Wed 08-Nov-17 21:56:45

Definitely could use my maiden name. It has Dodge in it - not ideal! Besides, I was very pleased to be shot of it when I married DH.

I didn’t know there were places called Brierley. My grandparents were from Lancashire so I think it originates from down there

SocksRock Wed 08-Nov-17 22:02:32

My dad is from near Blackpool, deffo a Lancashire name :-)

BenLui Wed 08-Nov-17 22:04:17

It’s totally normal. Loads of people have a family surname as a middle name.

pret Wed 08-Nov-17 22:05:16

I like it as a first name.

RavenWings Wed 08-Nov-17 22:05:19

It's a pretty sound, I wouldn't want it as a first name but it's nice as a middle. I like Firstname Ruth Brierley Last name personally.

NinonDeLenclos Wed 08-Nov-17 22:29:41

I quite like it as a first name. I like Briar and it's just a longer version.

It's unusual without sounding Essex-Younique or Hippy-Woo.

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