Topic: It's slow, so a name question

Wow it's slow in here lately!  So here's something that I am curious about.  How long is "too long" a name?  "Jose" is going to have a mouthful of a handle, no matter what we call him, he still has a 15 character last name, so it's GOING to be long.  But then we are saddling him with 2 middle names as well.  The few (very few) people we have shared his name with have all said "wow, that's long".  Both our older boys have long names too - one loves his name (21 characters), one hates it (38 characters) and wants to drop one if his middle names.


"Jose" will have 32 characters in his name... too long?

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Re: It's slow, so a name question

I don't think so. It's not like he'll use all the names on everything he does. I'm planning on giving my kids double middle names as well and don't see it as an issue. He's your son and if you like his name, who cares what anyone else thinks?! I'm excited to hear what his name is and see pictures ones he's here!

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Re: It's slow, so a name question

If you like it, go for it!  As PP said, he likely won't use middle names on a regular basis anyway.

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For me, yeah that's probably too long. For me. I don't want to piss my kid off before I've even birthed them (plenty of time for that later as we now know).  But I guess more than number of characters is how the names come together. When I was younger I thought I wanted a boys name to be Shawn Adam Michael. Plus last name.  So that is two middle names plus a possibly long last name but I think it flows nicely. So to me I'd pay more attention to how it sounds than number of words and characters. And if it is special and has meaning there is a good chance he'll appreciate it someday.

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Re: It's slow, so a name question

We talk about this all the time as the babies will have both of our last names.  Mine is horrible enough and has 7 letters and my partner's is normal enough, but it has 8.

The first names aren't super long and the middle name we do have isn't horrible, but ... The poor kids are going to hate those standardized tests where you have to fill out the bubbles for each letter. 

All this to say, nah! I don't think it's too long.  My sister has two first names, one long and one short, a middle name, and then our long last name.  She's at 28, I think.   32 doesn't seem much longer than that.

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Re: It's slow, so a name question

nah.  be british about it.  name him a long-ass name!  smile

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Re: It's slow, so a name question

I have 26 characters in my name and that is only having a first, middle and last name so 32 doesnt seem that long at all. It isnt like you write or say your full name - first name, middle names and last name - very often anyway.

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One of my daughters has 24 characters and three middle names. I incorporated her Korean two word name in as second and third middle names. Now no one uses it  except for formal things like birth certificates, social security cards and this last spring her high school diploma. But we love it. It is uniquely hers. I think name your little guy whatever makes you happy.

Re: It's slow, so a name question

IDK, but it feels like just yesterday that you had a naming question for your last lo. Or maybe it was this one, lol. wink A girlfriend as two middle names. She always used the one, but now uses the other one because it goes better with her new married last name. In her case it came in handy! Who knows how it might help a boy?

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Re: It's slow, so a name question

Our kids have a 14 character last name, not including the space OR the apostrophe! So, we feel your pain there. G and M both have 2-3-2-3 syllable names . We didn't really plan it that way or even pay attention to that while naming them, but we went with names that flowed well with each other rather than sounding choppy or awkward. I think varying sounds and syllables naturally help the flow.

For example, I think "Cameron Michael John Kershman" sounds better than "Camden Kermit Carson Kershman".

I agree with scifimom's comment about having multiple middle names gives a person more options of what they can go by. With the above example you could go by Cam, Michael, John, Johnny, Mike, MJ...

We could be more helpful if you would tell us what the name is  tongue

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Re: It's slow, so a name question

palegreen, smartass!

I have absolutely no issues letting everyone know his middle names will be Anthony Jordon, and anyone who is facebook friends with us know our 2 turned into 1 very French last name.  Its just his first name (5 letters, 2 syllables, 1 sweet meaning and nickname potential) that we are keeping under wraps for now smile

I agree with everyone who said it is flow that means more.  One of the kids I went to school with was Justin Gordon, which I always felt like I was stuttering when I said.  I'm very big on making sure it rolls off the tongue nicely, by child #6 I know the only times I need to use all the names are when I don't have time to be tripping over them!

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12 (edited by Zen 2013-08-28 14:15:56)

Re: It's slow, so a name question

I don't like two middle names.  That said, if I'd had a boy, he would have had them anyway!  What tends to go wrong though is that some forms have limits on entries so one of the middle names will get dropped by default.  Or worse, the kid will use them interchangeably and end up with mismatched identities.  A close friend is dealing with that now.  Despite having always used the same SS# and birthdate, he can't get qualified for credit because of the name discrepancies. 

All that aside, you have to go with the name you want.  If Shiloh Wren had been born a boy, he would have been Shane Walter Ryan (+ last name)!

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