What you think of distant maiden names as middle names? For example, I really love my maiden name (Moravan) and we picked a girl’s name where it works great for a middle name ([name]Mirabelle[/name] Moravan).
However, our favorite boy’s name right now is [name]Anselm[/name]. “[name]Anselm[/name] Moravan”? no way – it mushes the names together too much. I’m not a fan of my mother’s maiden name at all ("[name]Anselm[/name] Yang" doesn’t do anything for me), so then I thought – what about my mother-in-law’s maiden name? I think that “[name]Anselm[/name] Trehel” works quite nicely.
I’m hoping to get this started as a trend – let’s get rid of nightmarish hyphenated last names (which don’t extend beyond a generation or so anyway) and on to Darwinian natural selection of the best maiden names in our family histories! This lets us get some middle name variety too.