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    My eldest has only family name tradition, and that is to have the father's name as a middle name.
    Ds2, got 2 middle names. His second middle name is Noel after my late grandfather, who passed 6 months after he was born.
    However Noel was kind of a last minute decision after her was born, as his second middle name was going to be Sebastian. (This is our last)

    I would go with whatever you feel comfortable with, and I don't think anyone will really mind. At least they shouldn't. I am sure there will be more children in the future.

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    Default Using non-family middle names - worried about offending family

    I would pick your own name. its your baby, call him what you want.

    The names we picked for our kids still have "meaning" even though WE chose them.

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    Default Using non-family middle names - worried about offending family

    DD has MIL's name as her middle name. It's Barbara, a rather dated and not in a retro way name. She died 6 years before DD was born but she was a beautiful soul and we wanted to honour her. We agreed on the middle name first. So we found a name that we thought matched it.

    DS also has a family name for a middle name.

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    Default Using non-family middle names - worried about offending family

    If you can name bub a similar/shortened name to your father's name maybe you could do both? If bub was a girl we were going to use the middle name Ella after my nan Elaine as I feel that that's a bit old fashioned.

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    Default Re: Using non-family middle names - worried about offending family

    I would opt for a name you like.
    Personally, i didn't even consider using family names.

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    I have always wondered about middle names. When I was young middle names were things kids teased each other about. I really don't know why...

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    Default Using non-family middle names - worried about offending family

    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I would opt for a name you like.
    Personally, i didn't even consider using family names.
    Same, DH and I (plus all our siblings) have random middle names. In fact my parents specifically choose names that weren't family related.

    My only question op if it's a tradition ( to me a tradition is long line of names being used not just your grandfather to your farther) then will you offend if you don't use one?
    Also if both sides have "traditions" are you also going to offend if you take one over the other?

    One of the guys at work has had the first born son of the first born son called John since the 1600's so that I understand.

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    Default Using non-family middle names - worried about offending family

    Quote Originally Posted by Uh-Oh View Post
    My boys have family names, just something we wanted to do.

    My DS1 is Hamish and well, my dad is Andrew, I didn't really want my own Hamish & Andy! My sil had already used my dads middle name so we used my maiden name as his middle name :-)
    OT but this made me smile as I have my own Hamish and have always loved the name Andi for a girl. Can't use that one though!!!

    Back on topic both my boys have family names, it's very important to both myself and DH. My DS2's middle name is a bit old fashioned but I love the significance as it relates to both my father and grandfather.

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    Default Using non-family middle names - worried about offending family

    Look back at your family tree there could b a name that keeps reappearing...we don't use middle names at all ! Noone is offended!

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    Default Using non-family middle names - worried about offending family

    Quote Originally Posted by Chippa View Post
    OT but this made me smile as I have my own Hamish and have always loved the name Andi for a girl. Can't use that one though!!!

    Back on topic both my boys have family names, it's very important to both myself and DH. My DS2's middle name is a bit old fashioned but I love the significance as it relates to both my father and grandfather.
    Lol, I love Andi too! My mum wanted to call my sister or I Drew and my dad said no! I wanted I to use or for DS2 but DH said no!

    OP, could you use a family name on your dads side? My DS2 has my granddads name as his mn...


 

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