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"Bea" as a standalone middle
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Namechange4242 · 13/02/2021 20:35

I am generally against using a nn as a standalone name, but the first name and last name are each 3 syllables. I like Beatrice and it is a family name, so I was hoping for a one syllable middle as it's already a bit of a mouthful....

What do you think?

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IamnotwhouthinkIam · 13/02/2021 20:37

As a middle it's fine imo. Bea is pretty, it's only a bit insubstantial if you were using it as a first name.

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thistimelastweek · 13/02/2021 20:37

Go for it.

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Edenember · 13/02/2021 21:21

Gorgeous and makes a change from the usual suspects grace, Rose etc.

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partyatthepalace · 13/02/2021 22:21

It’s pretty but I think it would make more sense to spell it Bee after the 🐝 rather than use a nn as a full name

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AntiHop · 13/02/2021 22:23

No I think that's silly. Use the whole name. It is ok if it's long.

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PetraRabbit · 13/02/2021 22:24

Use the name you love, and it's just a middle name. But personally I think abbreviated middle names are a bit strange. Somehow a middle name isn't really the place for a casual, friendly, nicknamey feel. For me their function is to add elegance to a name, to honour loved ones (with their actual name not one that's enough like it that "that'll do") and of course to help identify someone who's got a common name- Isabella Jones type of name in this generation. I'd strongly suggest using Beatrice. It fulfills all of the above and if it's a mouthful, well, better than Milly Mae.

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Rhynswynd · 13/02/2021 22:26

My dd has a shortened name as her middle name. Go for it if you like it.

My dd has her grandads name for middle name and my stepmum thought I should feminise it by using different spelling. But then it’s not grandads name so I kept it. I like it.

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danascully96 · 13/02/2021 22:34

Bea is fine a mm... but I prefer it as a nickname since it’s twee to me. I love the name Bianca, nn Bea, but there’s a lot of negative associations for those who watch EastEnders apparently ☹️

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Lemonsyellow · 13/02/2021 22:36

No. Use the full name. Each name having three syllables is fine - fabulous and with some weight.. One-syllable middle names are bland.

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Sandsnake · 13/02/2021 22:48

I think it’s quite pretty but sandwiched between two long names may just sound like an initial, like she’s an author or something. For example - Eleanor B Robinson. Hope you get what I mean!

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Tavannach · 13/02/2021 23:01

Doesn't work as a middle name.

"What does 'B' stand for?"
"Bea."

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showmethegin · 13/02/2021 23:07

I like it, it's different. If I hear one more Rae/Grace/Rose as a middle name I will scream

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WonkyCactus · 13/02/2021 23:09

I think it's a lovely middle name.

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LittleTiger007 · 13/02/2021 23:45

@Tavannach

Doesn't work as a middle name.

"What does 'B' stand for?"
"Bea."

I agree with this. It’s like Homer J. Simpson ... the J is for Jay.

As long as you’ve thought that through and are happy with it then go for it.
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stayathomegardener · 13/02/2021 23:53

Dd is "first name B surname" works for her and sounds pretty when used with her first name.
Some teachers had a hard time accepting it was just B but nothing major.

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IdesMarchof · 13/02/2021 23:56

No

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Timpeall · 14/02/2021 04:35

I like middle names that have significance rather than being random pretty names (Grace, May, Rose etc. etc.) that 'fit'.

If Bea has significance then it's perfect.

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TheDuchessOfAquitaine · 14/02/2021 06:50

We went with full version for the middle name because although I loved (and preferred!) the Bea shortening, it was after a relative so felt it was just a nicer acknowledgement. We use middles names so rarely but when we do, DD is usually called Duchess Bea...which of course is nicknamed into bumble bee which she loves.

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Matildatoldsuchdreadfullies · 14/02/2021 06:59

This thread has been educational... I have always read Bea as Bee-uh.

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Namechange4242 · 14/02/2021 15:20

Thanks all for the feedback -- glad most people don't think it's horrid but will definitely have to have a think about whether we are happy with the possible Bea/B. confusion as I hadn't really considered that...hmm...

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Chilldonaldchill · 14/02/2021 15:21

I prefer longer names.
So Lucinda Beatrice Robinson sounds way better than Lucinda Bea Robinson to me.
Likewise Eleanor Beatrice McDonald is way nicer than Eleanor Bea McDonald.
So I wouldn't worry about thinking that things sound like a mouthful!

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halcyondays · 14/02/2021 15:24

No, use the full name. Bea sounds strange as a middle name and the 3 syllables thing is fine.

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