English FirstName, Hungarian MiddleName?

I would love some advice!

I took my husband’s very Scottish Name when we married, McN----, and now that we’re looking to start a family, I would very much like to honour my Hungarian heritage by giving our child a Hungarian middle name.

We really like the following for first names;


What are your takes on these possible MNs?

[name]Rez[/name] (Checked with Mom, this name is Unisex!)

Your suggestions would be very much appreciated! Thank you for your time!

I really like [name]Henry[/name] [name]Tamas[/name], [name]Henry[/name] [name]Sandor[/name], and [name]James[/name] Agostan.

A few more of my favorite Hungarian boys’ names:

Miklos, Istvan, [name]Ferenc[/name], [name]Imre[/name], and [name]Peter[/name]

Thanks for your fantastic suggestions, [name]Kim[/name]! -E

[name]Hi[/name] [name]Erika[/name]! I completely agree with [name]Kim[/name], and [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Henry[/name] paired with the Hungarian version of [name]August[/name] (love [name]August[/name], too!).

Best wishes to you! :slight_smile:

[name]Hi[/name] [name]Kim[/name],

Thanks for your fantastic suggestions. I am really enjoying each of your combinations. Clearly, you have a gift!

Istvan was the name of both my grandfathers, and it is my namesake; [name]Stephanie[/name]. Sadly, my husband is not too keen on [name]Stephen[/name]/[name]Steven[/name].

I am mildly concerned with names that don’t work well when spoken phonetically in English. [name]Sandor[/name] almost sounds like [name]Xander[/name], and [name]Agoston[/name], though pronounced (ah-gosh-ton), could still sound like Auguston. [name]Both[/name] would be great options.

As for the other names mentioned;

Miklos - really like the name in Hungarian, not terribly fond of [name]Nicholas[/name] or [name]Nick[/name]
[name]Imre[/name] - great name, and I like its uniqueness and its meaning
[name]Ferenc[/name] - concerned that [name]Frances[/name] is a bit too feminine-sounding? [name]Frank[/name] is a bit country?
[name]Peter[/name] - is my father-in-law’s name, so will more than likely take the middle position, if used.

I am incredibly grateful for your time! Please feel free to rebut! -E

[name]Hi[/name] [name]Jill[/name],

Thanks for posting on the thread. I am also really digging [name]Henry[/name] [name]Agoston[/name].

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I wish so badly your husband like Istvan - it seems like a perfect way to honor so many family members! And it’s one of my favorite Hungarian names. :slight_smile:

I do love [name]Imre[/name]. It just sounds so exotic but comfortable to me. And there are so many great Hungarian Imres. :slight_smile: But if it’s something that sounds somewhat familiar in English that you’re looking for, [name]Imre[/name] might not be the best choice.

[name]Peter[/name] is a good one for that. So is [name]Tamas[/name], I think. And of course, I do still love [name]Sandor[/name] and [name]Agoston[/name].

I don’t think you could go wrong with any of your combinations. But I do still love [name]Henry[/name] [name]Tamas[/name], [name]Henry[/name] Istvan, [name]James[/name] [name]Peter[/name], and [name]James[/name] [name]Agoston[/name]. And [name]Thomas[/name] [name]Peter[/name]. And [name]Lawrence[/name] [name]Imre[/name].

Seriously, [name]Erika[/name], I could go on and on. You’ve got great choices and your son will have a very distinguished name!

Good luck,

[name]Hi[/name] [name]Kim[/name],

The more I think on it, the more I’m ALL OVER Istvan. You’re right. It’s fantastic. Perhaps the solution could be to add two middle names, though, is that bordering on aristocratic ridiculousness? [name]Will[/name] our child be forever dealing with two middle initials?

eg. [name]Henry[/name] [name]James[/name] Istvan McN----

Paternal grandfathers would be honoured that way, which would be really lovely. But then you might run into the dreaded middle initial dilemma.

eg. [name]Henry[/name] J. I. McN---- (too much like G.I. [name]Joe[/name]?)

Would both middle names have to be declared on all documentation? Could our son choose to use only one middle name? [name]Will[/name] this just be too confusing?

Now…about [name]Henry[/name]. My fantastic husband thinks he’ll have be relegated the nickname “[name]Hank[/name]”. My nickname vote goes to [name]Harry[/name], which I adore. (Maybe I do have aristocratic notions?).

Also, when you hear the name [name]Henry[/name], do you picture someone accomplished and attractive or…someone else?

That’s a lot o’ writing. Thanks for taking the time!



I’d be interested in hearing other people’s takes on the two middle name thing. I can’t imagine that it’d be too much of a hassle and I adore [name]Henry[/name] [name]James[/name] Istvan, but I really don’t know how much of a problem two middle-namers run into regularly.

But no, I would never have thought of the G.I. [name]Joe[/name] thing. I wouldn’t worry about that! :slight_smile:

As far as [name]Henry[/name], he’s number one on my list for boys, so I say, go for it!! I can’t imagine a present day [name]Henry[/name] getting [name]Hank[/name] very often. [name]Harry[/name] is cute. I think you all can pick the nickname you like, as most little Henrys are probably just [name]Henry[/name] nowadays.

I love [name]Henry[/name] [name]James[/name] Istvan McN–!!

[name]Hi[/name] again, [name]Kim[/name]!

I took your advice and started a new thread on the “Talk About Names” board, about the double middle name issue. Hopefully, there will be some interesting debate on the topic.

I can’t believe how passionate people can be about names. In fact, I’m very surprised by how much this interests me.

There is quite a lot of responsibility in naming someone. As parents, you want to provide your children with a name that you like, but also must take into consideration how their name will affect what others’ think of them (employers, friends, co-workers).

A strange or unusual name could spark interest in others, and be considered “cool” or it could hamper the grown-up child’s chances of being taken seriously in the workplace.

A traditional or conservative name could be forgettable and uninteresting, invariably preventing your child from “standing out” from the crowd.

I know enough to give my child a fighting chance. I would want a good mix of traditional with a dash of cool. What kills me are when parents cause undue humiliation by naming them bizarre (to them “quirky” or “unique”) names.

I teach, so I’ve seen it all!

eg. [name]Clifford[/name] (aka [name]Cliff[/name]) Hanger
[name]Sapphire[/name], [name]Diamond[/name], [name]Emerald[/name], [name]Amethyst[/name] (all sisters, we get it!)
Female (pronounced Fih-mahl-ee)

[name]Just[/name] my thoughts,

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