What's in a Middle Name?
March 18, 2013
In March we celebrate National Middle Name Pride Day. As a child of the 60s, I figured my middle name was common for that time frame. So, being curious, I googled it and found out that not only was "Ann" common during the 60s, but it's still in the top 3 most common middle names along with Lynn and Marie. The reason these are so popular has to do with rhythm. They fit well with most names. I always wanted a different middle name. It seemed like everyone had the middle name Ann. There was even a girl in my hometown with the exact same name, and we were the same age! We got each other's mail from time to time.
My little sister was born in the 70s when it was cool to change family names and turn them into quirky middle names. We called her Dell, short for Delia (after both my grandmothers). Not only did she hate the middle name, she was teased because of it. She had a friend whose middle name was Nell, yep, named after a grandmother named Nellie! When I had my own children, I decided their middle name needed to mean something. My daughters are named after great grandmothers and adopted grandmas. My boys are all named after their uncles. Even though Ann was very common, I was named after my great grandmother. My husband on the other hand...his middle name is Kent. I was thinking maybe he was named after Clark Kent? I can only dream!
Some middle names are handed down from generation to generation. I haven't searched that far in my family history to find out if there were more Anns. Guess I'll save that search for another time.
Julie Ann K.