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Why do people give middle names? How did that tradition start?


Asked by But_Mommie at 2:40 PM on Jul. 27, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • This began in the Middle Ages and traditionally the middle name was intended to be lineage-related


    Answer by aliceinalgonac at 2:44 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • LOL wow sure are alot of middle name post today,

    To answer your question, I havent the slightest clue!

    Answer by DeeMarie87 at 2:44 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • I don't Have a middle name

    Answer by bethraza at 2:46 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • My mom doesn't have a middle name, she was named after both her grandmothers but it was combined into one name! No clue where it started though!

    Answer by austinsmama1106 at 2:58 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • It was German immigrants who first brought the custom to the U.S. in the early 19th century. They traditionally gave their kids two names: a spiritual one, usually named for a saint, and a secular one used to be used on a daily basis.

    This is what I found when I googled the topic.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 3:02 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • I don't have a middle name as well.

    Answer by musicmom08 at 3:02 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Yes, the practice began in Europe during the Middle Ages and immigrants brought the practice to this country.

    Answer by missingruth at 3:47 PM on Jul. 27, 2010