Would it be confusing to use a "last name" as a middle one?

Would it be confusing to use a name that was traditionally a surname as a middle one?

For example:
[name_f]Chloe[/name_f] [name_u]Sinclair[/name_u] [name_m]Andrews[/name_m].

I know that a lot of surnames are becoming trendy as first/middle names (like Sinclair), but I wonder if people will assume that my child has two last names at first glance.


I don’t think so! Not only are last names as first names pretty common but I know a lot of people who have their mother’s maiden name as their middle name (or another family surname as a middle name) and it’s never seemed weird. I don’t think people would assume it was two surnames.


I don’t think so at all!

This is actually a bit of a tradition in my family. [name_f]My[/name_f] brother’s mn is the same as my dad’s, which is my grandmother’s maiden name. Then my mn was my mom’s maiden name! It’s never been mixed up as two last names for either of us that I know of.

I sort of love this idea and have concerned it for my own!

Its more likely they might think the middle is a family name. But its not confusing.


seconding this!!


[name_f]My[/name_f] middle name is a last name. It’s a family tradition to pass on maiden names so a lot of people in my extended family have surname middle names. It’s never caused me any problems! I don’t think it has for anyone else either.

I don’t find this confusing at all. As to people thinking the person had two last names, if you mainly called her (using this example) [name_f]Chloe[/name_f] [name_m]Andrews[/name_m], people would also mainly call her [name_f]Chloe[/name_f] [name_m]Andrews[/name_m]. Worst-case scenario, I suppose at some point you might have to explain that [name_u]Sinclair[/name_u] is her middle name and [name_m]Andrews[/name_m] is her surname, but that seems fairly straightforward.

I don’t it is confusing at all :slightly_smiling_face:
[name_f]My[/name_f] middle name is a family name, my mom’s maiden name. It isn’t even used as a first name and it has never been confusing. I think you’re good!

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I don’t think it is confusing. I actually prefer last names as middle names to first names as middle names. I think it is a great opportunity to bring in family names.

Yes, agree. Depends how much you mind explaining if it isn’t one - but personally I love love love when people use family names from older generations as middles :smiling_face:

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Not confusing! Whenever I hear it I think it’s very sweet and unique, and adds a historical touch especially if the name has significance in your family. [name_f]My[/name_f] last name is often used as a first or middle name, so whenever I hear it im reminded of my own family; it’s quite special

I don’t think it’s confusing - I’ve encountered a few girls with surname-y middles. I might wonder if one was an honour of a family surname, but I wouldn’t dwell on it

I don’t think so at all! One of my middle names (I have two) is my mother’s last name. I love having it as my middle.

I’m sure somebody will glance and think a [name_f]Chloe[/name_f] [name_u]Sinclair[/name_u] [name_m]Andrews[/name_m] has two surnames, but that doesn’t matter too much. She’d have one middle and one surname, and people could deal with being wrong at a glance! I’d not worry much about it.

No! I’ve been hearing things like [name_m]Cole[/name_m] and [name_u]Sawyer[/name_u] being used in the middle for girls now, so why not? The only other option is I would assume the person has two last names and no middle. But that is only common some places.

I do not think that it will be confusing at all.

I know two people with the middle name [name_u]Sinclair[/name_u]. Not confusing at all!

not at all! I think it’s really common actually

I didn’t know it was common to use last names as middle names (as a way to honour people and things like that)! I’m definitely going to look into some more options now. Thank you all for the help.


It’s very common in some communities (particularly in North-western Europe and people of that ancestry) to use the mother’s maiden name as a first or middle name for a child. I wouldn’t think anything of it.

No, not at all confusing! It’s not uncommon for that to happen