Due in a few weeks. Charlotte Gentry? Need opinions.

I already have Katherine Ruth and Warner Van. Is Charlotte Gentry a real name? Charlottle would be named after my Father Charles and Gentry is a family members maiden name I would like to honor. Is Gentry a real middle name? Does it go with Charlotte?

I think that surnames work as middle names on girls when they’re family names. I think using a friend’s maiden name as your daughter’s middle name is kind of odd, honestly. I’m not a big fan of naming children after friends in general because friendships don’t always last and if you have a falling out with that friend, then you have a permanent reminder of them in your child’s name. If honoring your friend is really important to you though, what about using her first or middle name? Or a variant of her first name (ie, if she’s named [name]Mary[/name], use [name]Marie[/name])?

I love [name]Charlotte[/name]! It goes very nicely with [name]Katherine[/name] and [name]Warner[/name]. If the person whose maiden name was [name]Gentry[/name] is someone you really would like to honor, I think it’s great! [name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Gentry[/name] is really sweet.

Good luck!

I really like your combo. We actually have a distant cousin who used the name [name]Gentry[/name] for her dd. It didn’t have significance for her like it does you, she just liked it. I like that you have it in the middle and that it has family meaning for you. [name]Charlotte[/name] is a lovely fn.

Okay now I’m confused. Originally this post said that [name]Gentry[/name] was the maiden name of a friend of yours. Now it says that it’s your family member’s maiden name. So which is it?

sorry its a family member’s last name! I didn’t want to give too much info about myself! Sorry! I agree about the friend thing for sure!

Ah, okay. Just wanted to get that cleared up. :slight_smile:

In that case, I think as long as it’s a relative that’s in your line of descent (mother, grandmother, etc), then I think it’s perfectly fine for you to use Gentry as a middle name since it’s a family name. If it’s the maiden name of a relative that married into your family (an aunt, your cousin’s spouse) then I would ask her how she felt about it. Personally, I wouldn’t want my nieces or nephews on my husband’s side using my maiden name for any of their children, as I see that name as belonging to my family. Other people might feel differently though, so I would ask first just to make sure.

I think [name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Gentry[/name] is beautiful. Anything can work as a mn if it has significance for you.