Thought it was about time I replied to my own thread!
Firstly, it’s really interesting to see that some places restrict the amount of names allowed - it would seem like in the Southern US you’re only allowed one middle name, hence the dilemma about maiden names? Amounts of names aren’t restricted here in [name]Britain[/name], and probably around 75% of people I know have two middles, most others have one.
All but one of the people I have met with no middle name are [name]Asian[/name]; I get the impression that it is a general cultural leaning towards sleeker names. Some do have their English name as an unofficial middle name, though.
I agree wholeheartedly with what [name]Charlie[/name] just said - I would much rather have no middle name, and be allowed the opportunity to choose my own, than having a middle picked just to fill that slot.
As for three middle names, most of the people I know with three don’t really count - in most cases they are Catholic, and already had two middles before they added their Confirmation name. I have three middles, too, but that is because I changed my first name, but kept my original first as a middle; it didn’t seem right to let go of it completely. The one person who was given three middle names at birth says that her parents just liked all of those names … I find her name quite amusing to look at, as it just reads like a list of nice but very popular names!
And [name]Lyndsay[/name], all I can say is your poor cousin! I laughed so hard that the dad had to name both sons after himself. And after his boss? Was he hankering after a promotion? :lol:
Thank you for all of your responses, everyone - it’s been very interesting to read through,