You Know You Have a Southern Middle Name If…
March 10 is National Middle Name Pride Day – and Southerners have the biggest reason of all to celebrate. The South reigns supreme among all other regions for unique middle names. Southern middle names are the driver behind the booming monogram market (where would it be without that middle initial?) and our penchant for history (middle names are perfect ways to bring an old family name and tradition into the present). Here are a few dead giveaways that your middle name has Southern roots.
You have your mother’s maiden name
Even if that maiden name is something like Guillaume.
You have your grandmother's maiden name
Because we all love a good family tradition.
You have a middle name stacked on top of your double name
Southerners with this lucky trait wind up with a whopping total of four names, complicated monograming conundrums, a name that won’t fit in the boxes on standardized test answer sheets, and overall life confusion.
You’re named after a month
The most popular month names are April, May, and June. But props to all the Augusts out there.
You have the same middle name as all your siblings
When a particular name has specific significance to Southern parents, they’ll just give it to all of their kids. So you end up with three kids with the middle name “Pierce.” Either that, or your parents are just lazy. We kid.
You’re named after a Southern place
Lyrical geographic names make great middle names, like Franklin, Virginia, Stella, Savannah, Lula, Iberia… the list goes on.
You’re named after a literary figure
If your middle name lies along the lines of Scarlett, Rhett, and Hemingway, you should be proud.
Timeless Southern Baby Names
There are some baby names that withstand all passing trends, and we love that these names carry on our Southern charm and traditions. From family classics like Dawson to the ever-elegant Katherine, these timeless baby names won't go out of style.
You’re named after someone in the Bible
For men, this includes names like Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. For girls, that’s Mary, Grace, and Margaret.
Your middle name is just someone in your family’s nickname
How else do you wind up with a middle name like “Curly?”
You’re a girl with a male middle name
Bonus points if there’s a slightly feminine spelling change, like Henrietta or Josephine.
Your middle name sounds like it’s from another century
That’s because you were named after a distant, great-great aunt like Mildred, Wilma, or Shirley.
You’re named after a Pope
All those John Pauls out there, you’ve got some big shoes to fill.
You’re named after an army general
Familiar boy middle names, like Knox, Nathaneal, Gates, and Reed, can all be traced back to Revolutionary War generals.
Your middle name is also a Southern flower
We love those floral middle names like Aster, Iris, Daisy, and Camellia.