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herbaceous Mon 06-Jul-09 13:19:53

Hello all

This is my first venture into 'baby names', but said baby is overdue by nine days, so feel a decision needs to be made!

Me and DP aren't married, and soon-to-be born son will take DP's surname, which is two syllables beginning with B.

I don't want my surname to disappear entirely from his name, so were were going to use it as DS's middle name, with something like Amos or Linus as his first name. Now someone's suggested we could use my surname as his first name.

Would this be too egotistical? The name ends in -bert, and begins with H (so isn't hard to guess), so DS could be nicknamed Bertie, Bert, or Herbie. He could have a more conventional middle name - Samuel, Thomas, Aidan - to choose from if he decided he wanted something safer for the playground...

What do you ladies think?

justlookatthatbooty Mon 06-Jul-09 13:22:01

I think it's a lovely idea and not at all egotistical. We used my surname as DS's middle name for exactly the same reasons as you. But it wouldn't have worked as a first name but yours will so I think you should go for it!

claireybee Mon 06-Jul-09 13:25:17

My friend has done this and I don't think it is egotistical at all.

DS has my mum's maiden name as his first name (though he is called by his middle name), he couldn't have mine or he'd sound like a superhero!

lucykate Mon 06-Jul-09 13:27:54

they did similar on 'sex & the city', mum was miranda hobbs, dad was steve brady, child was called brady hobbs.

Fimbo Mon 06-Jul-09 13:33:25

My mum's friend's daughter did this with her son.

fruitstick Mon 06-Jul-09 13:34:52

My DS has my maiden name as a middle name. My DH hates it as he says it isn't a proper name (it is but is conventionally spelt differently as a first name).

I have to say it might be odd if you are still known by your surname.

eg - I'm Jo Harrison and this is my son Harrison.

Having said that Herbert is a great name.

herbaceous Mon 06-Jul-09 13:37:20

Thanks for the positive responses!

Fruitstick - I thought that introducing him like that would be a bit weird, but then he's unlikely to be going by 'Herbert' most of the time, but using Bert or Bertie.

I feel kind of attached to my surname, and it's a way of keeping it going down the generations - most of the other babies born in my family have taken their fathers' names so it's in danger of dying out...

nappyaddict Mon 06-Jul-09 13:53:13

Go for it I love the name Herbert!! Herbie or Herbs is a fab nickname too.

Ladyem Mon 06-Jul-09 13:55:46

It is such a fab name, so I say go for it!! A nice way to carry on your family name and also a nice meaning behind his name!! I love the shortened versions of it too!! grin

flowerybeanbag Mon 06-Jul-09 14:03:19

I'm strongly considering giving DS2 my surname as a middle name when he comes along. Both DS's will have DH's surname, and DS1 has a 'family' middle name from DH's side already so I want to have something from my family for DS2's middle name.

MamaLazarou Mon 06-Jul-09 16:09:11

Of course you are married... how else would you get a baby? wink grin

I would consider using my maiden name as a forename (it is one of those names that is both a surname and a forename), only, it doesn't work with my married surname.

4andnotout Mon 06-Jul-09 16:11:46

I think it is lovely

If i have a boy i'd love to call him Hadley which is my grandparents surname and the surname i was born with.

LittleWhiteWolf Mon 06-Jul-09 16:51:06

Clark Kents name was decided like this; his mums maiden name was Martha Clark, so they gave that to him as his Christian name.

Is that too geeky to point out? ;)

I like the idea. My maiden name was Caulfield, which doesnt make much of a first name otherwise I'd have loved to do this. Like you I have a real connection to my name and was sorry to give it up.

sweetkitty Mon 06-Jul-09 16:53:22

Know a few people who have done this as well a Lee, Grant and Michael

seeker Mon 06-Jul-09 16:55:17

But why is he taking your dp's surname?

seeker Mon 06-Jul-09 16:56:38

The other issue is that at some time in the future he may want to use your last name - and he can't really if that's his first name as well!

TiggyR Mon 06-Jul-09 16:58:28

I think it's great idea. It's a first name in its own right anyway, and loads of people double barrel or use the mum's maiden name as a middle name as a way of keeping it going, so I see no difference. Besides, Herbie is rather cool.

herbaceous Mon 06-Jul-09 17:08:15

Seeker - good question. We had an informal agreement that if the scan revealed the baby to be a girl, she'd take my surname as it would otherwise be lost, and if was a boy he'd take DP's, as Herbert can be used as a forename.

My sister named her first son Morgan, which was my dad's mum's maiden name and is in my dad's name, so there's a bit of a tradition going on...

Scorpette Mon 06-Jul-09 17:13:29

It's a great idea and a great name My brother's middle name is my Mum's maiden name (Julian). But seeker has a point - a baby doesn't actually have to take his father's surname (in fact, they don't even if the couple are married - if a woman changes her surname it's only an assumed name, it's not an actual legal change. And you could give DCs another surname altogether!). But Herbie is v. cool, so I would go for it!

seeker Mon 06-Jul-09 23:18:36

Herbert isn't very nice first name, you know. And people do use it to mean a bit of an idiot - sorry.

Why don't you hyphenate - that way you get the best of both worlds?

MrsGokWan Mon 06-Jul-09 23:59:27

My DC3 has my Great Grandmother's surname as a first name. The only time I have heard it as a first name is a female character in a long running TV series, the anoying animal presenter for a childrens TV channel, who have no idea if it is mal or female and an incidental boy character in Bob the Builder but it suits DC3 down to the ground.

lastboxoftampons Tue 07-Jul-09 11:05:33

Hi Herbaceous! smile
My first thought was "not if you're currently using it as your surname" as Fruitstick says. Even though you don't intend to call him by his formal name all the time, I still think it's slight weird. I would stick to using it as a middle name...but that's just me! smile

9 days overdue! shock Good luck to you!

herbaceous Tue 07-Jul-09 11:30:09

DP is now saying he's going off the idea. Goodness sake. But it will still be his middle name, at the very least.

Hi LBoT! Going in to be induced this afternoon - gulp - so he'll be here soon enough. Hope that seeing him will inspire a name decision!

lastboxoftampons Tue 07-Jul-09 11:31:24

Ooooh, exciting! Best wishes for an easy labour! Congratulations on your little guy! grin

angel1976 Tue 07-Jul-09 11:33:41

What happens if you happen to have a second son in the future? Will he be Herbert the Seond? Your second son might not feel so special if he gets given an 'ordinary' name... Good luck for the induction! grin

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