Saturday, August 01, 2009

Middle names

… are inherently amusing, aren’t they? A second, slightly worse name than your first, secreted away and only brought out under duress, generally to collective titters.

For parents, it’s usually either:(a) a good place to get a bit of familial duty done (grandparents’ names etc); or (b) a consolation prize for daddy in the naming debate; or (c) an early and excellent opportunity to start embarrassing your offspring.

There’s an obvious candidate for Brit Jnr. It begins with a ‘G’.


malty said...

Not president I hope, mine is George, it was meant to be Gorge but the Geordies (you will have observed) can't spell.

Never worked that out, may have been conceived in the Verdon Gorge or the Cheddar Gorge, whatever.

Telling the mum to be really old naff jokes often induces birth pains, try a few Bernard Manning's , Brit.

worm said...

my middle name is Douglas, which the other children in my class found to be absolutely hilarious

Im still banking on being able to smuggle in 'Freduardo' as a middle name for my first son, or 'Candelabra' if its a girl

Uncle Dick Madeley said...

I don't have one and have always felt both lucky and lacking.

Susan's Husband said...

Once upon a time, there was a family with four children -

Mindy K-
Erin K-
Tony K-
Andrew K-

While the fifth was in the oven, I suggested "Lysdander" because that would yield "METAL" as the children's initials with "Irony" from the second letters. They decided on "Lucas Steel K-" for "Iron U.".

My favorites, though, are the self acronymed like Tim I- M-. So maybe Ben Eric N-?

malty said...

Or Beryl linium

Harry Eagar said...

My grandson's middle name is Danger, and my granddaughter's middle name is Adventure.

So they can say, someday (they are 2 and 3 months right now), 'Danger is my middle name' or 'Adventure is my middle name.'

As Bertie said to Jeeves, 'There's a lot of dirty work done at the font.'

Anonymous said...

Don't listen to them, Brit. You're a conservative. It has to be either John Edward or Susan Elizabeth. Anything else and you will just be hastening the end of civilization as we know it.

Brit said...

Yes, tempting as it is, I can't quite bring myself to use the middle name purely for comedic purposes. The joke would surely wear a bit thin after the first 20 or 30 years, wouldn't it?

Harry Eagar said...

My eldest daughter has an unusual -- to say the least -- name, chosen by her mother.

She's a good sport about it. She and a friend with a similarly unusual name formed a club: White Girls Who Have Names that Make People Who Have Not Seen Them Think They are Black.

Discount Viagra said...

I have heard terrible names too, like Disney Mason or May Fucker. I thinbk their parents didn't get what they wanted and the victims were the innocent children.