Sometimes I feel like I don’t get the point, other than using it as an excuse to throw another shred of identity in there. I really have never used my middle name and neither has hubby. In fact, I don’t think I know anyone who uses theirs, outside of facebook :roll:
My name list includes middles but only because it’s what I’m accustomed to, I often feel like I should leave them out entirely - and actually plan to with the first names I have that are three syllables or more. Our last name is only two syllables and, for some reason, three or four in an entire name doesn’t feel like “enough,” but more than five or six feels like too much - I know, dumb.
Anyway, if you really sit down and think about it, what is the true PURPOSE of middle names?
Taking it further, I’m sure we can all think of reasons to give a middle name (honoring a loved one, using ‘that other name we also love’) - but what are the reasons to have a middle name? Is it all for that extra “shred of identity?” Then why do so many use filler middles, is it purely tradition at that point?