Our Favorite Double Names You'll Still Hear On Southern Playgrounds Today
Down here, we don't kid around when it comes to double names. Not only do double names roll off the tongue in a signature Southern drawl as sweet and slow as pouring honey, but double dubbing is often about bridging family names with classic or meaningful ones, which is why we also know never to assume Anna Grace just goes by Anna, or that James Wyatt goes by James. That cardinal rule is permanently etched into the Southern code of etiquette, praise be.
And why settle on a single moniker when you can double the love with two? After all, it gives Mama something firm and weighty to yell out when you're in deep trouble. And you learn the exact voice pitch that you never want to hear from Mama pretty quickly, especially when it's yelled from across the house. Southerners have come up with some truly noteworthy double name combos throughout history, while other double names have solidified themselves as simply classic, earning spots on plenty of Southern family trees. While these names may not have originally been combined because of their etymological meanings, we couldn't help but look into what our favorite double names mean in their original roots. After all, you always dream of your child living up to their name, whether it's a deeply rooted family name or a name that means "old friend" in Old English.
When it comes to Southern girls, you probably know at least a few with a double-dose monicker. Mary Grace, Sue Ellen, Anna Claire, the list goes on and one. You also can never go wrong with a strong double name for a little boy, especially if you're looking for a way to honor both grandpas in one fell swoop. Double names remain popular in the South and thank goodness for that because they sure do sound better with our accents. The trend became popular at the end of the eighteenth century around the world, and we're not ashamed to carry on the tradition in the South. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite classic double names for Southern boys and girls.