Maiden name as child's middle name?

What do you think of this idea?

[name]Love[/name] the idea!

It might depend on the name.

Pretty much always a great idea, except if the maiden name doesn’t flow with the chosen first name or is just an awful-sounding name.

I love the idea in theory. But I know of someone whose daughter’s middle name is his wife’s maiden and she hates it. She says she wants a “real” middle name. And yes, it probably depends on the name.

I know 2 ladies who used their maiden name for their child’s first name, and it worked out fine. So I think it would be perfetly fine as a mn, but it depends on the name. (In case you were wondering, the kids’ names are [name]Tucker[/name] and [name]Dalton[/name].)

I was always under the impression that using the mother’s maiden name as a mn was a pretty common practice. I know lots of people who have done it and/or who have their mother’s maiden name as their middle. I really favor the idea of using the middle spot for a family name of some kind.

My middle name is my mother’s maiden name, and I’ve always loved it.

Like others have said, it depends on the name. I would never use my maiden name. Bubier just sounds awful in the mn spot no matter the last name but a child with the moniker, say [name]Jane[/name] Bubier Charpentier? Dear [name]Lord[/name], perish at the thought.

I’d say yes! We did it for our sons - all of them! We used mine, my mothers and my mil’s. We’re looking to the next generation if next bean is also a boy. I do have to agree on it very much depending on the name though. Ours were [name]Arden[/name], [name]Kendell[/name] and [name]Harley[/name] which made it more doable.

I think it depends on the name. My nephew’s (my brother’s son) first name is my sister-in-law’s maiden and his middle name is my mother’s maiden. As both of these names are relatively well-known as first names in their own right, it doesn’t seem strange. However, my maiden name would be awkward as a given name (it’s a Mc-Something). I do love the sentiment, though.

If I had a maiden name that sounded like it could be a ‘real’ name I would probably use it, I think it’s a great way to tie in the other side of the family into the child’s name

I love this idea, and would certainly name a future child my maiden name, if my maiden name were suited to be a first name.

I absolutely love the practice of maiden names as middles. However, I prefer to use the maiden name of previous generations. We used my grandmother’s maiden name for our first son and will likely continue the practice with any future children. I would feel very strange giving my child MY maiden name, even though it’s actually a valid first name; that just doesn’t feel right. I just personally feel (for me) that naming a child is more about bringing recent past (like grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.) generations forward and reminding your children of the history of the family so that when they get older and ask about their middle name, we can tell them exactly where it came from and all the people who had that last name, and they will feel like they are a part of that history. My middle name is just a throwaway name that my parents thought sounded good with my first name. It didn’t mean anything and I have always felt a little cheated because of it.

[name]Love[/name] this and wanted to do it for a boy, but we had girls. Hubby was not really on board, either.

My maiden name (or last name, in this case, since I’m not married), is awkward as a given name. However, I’m open to modifying it. Like if it was [name]Johnson[/name], [name]Joanna[/name], [name]Jane[/name] or [name]Jack[/name] could work. (Not my actual last name.)

My first name ([name]Reine[/name]) was my grandmother on myd dad’s side’s maiden name. My brother, [name]Mitchell[/name], was named after my mom’s grandfather’s surname. In the latter, it worked well. In my case, it didn’t work out so well, due to the pronounciation difficulties.

I ythink its a great way to honor that side of the family. Mine is a common male name with a “s” on the end and depending on what we choose as a first name, would sound fine with our one syllable ends in a different sound last name. I personally would rather see honoring of this kind done then a child given a “filler” mn, but that is my preference.

I don’t mind it - I vastly prefer it on boys, but if used on a girl, I would like it as a second middle name or something.

Sure but I would only do it personally if it flowed well.

My middle name is Mom’s maiden name and I always hated it because it’s a boy’s name, but I kind of got over it now and I appreciate that she wanted to connect me to her family. I won’t use this practice on my own daughter though because my last name is super weird.