Let’s face it. By the time we receive a baby birth announcement in the mail, we often know the name, stats, and birthdate of the new bundle of joy. But the one detail that may be a birth announcement surprise is baby’s middle name. For some new parents, the middle name is an important part of the whole baby naming process, while for others it’s a filler name to adhere the first name to the last. Whichever your opinion, here are some tips on choosing a middle name for your baby:
- Say your baby middle name ideas with the first and last name together. The ideal middle name should flow easily.
- Vary the number of syllables in each name; if you have a long first and last name, choose a shorter middle name.
- If you are choosing a highly unusual first name, pick a more conventional middle name so your child will have the option of going by that middle name in later professional life if wanted.
- Use a family name if you want to honor a family member but don’t love the name. Many parents also use the mother’s maiden name for a middle name as a way to embrace both sides of the family.
- Don’t pick every name you love but don’t have enough kids for. Unless your family tradition says otherwise, choose just one middle name for your child – think ahead to all those official forms with limited spaces later in life!
- Don’t disregard the importance of a middle name. Even if you’ve settled on the perfect first name, don’t be tempted to skip the middle name. Again, thinking ahead to your child’s adult life, a middle name is helpful to confirm identify for background or credit checks – particularly in the case of a common first and last name.
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