Even if six billion people aren’t waiting to hear what you’ve picked.
Kate and Wills got it right. Of course everyone loves the name Charlotte for the new princess, but the royal parents were spot on with the middle names too. Elizabeth honours Charlotte’s great-grandma, the Queen, and great-great-grandma, the Queen Mother, and it’s also the middle name of Kate and her mum Carole Middleton. As for Diana, it’s lovely that Prince William got his mum’s name in there too. And it sounds great, doesn’t it? Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Jolly good. Approving nods all round.
Parents don’t always put a lot of time into choosing a middle name. But think of a middle name like underwear. If it’s right, it can make you feel good, even if hardly anyone else is going to see it. And you really should have something, just in case. Here are some things to think about when choosing.
1. It’s the best way to make your parents, Narelle and Bruce, feel special without burdening your child with their name.
“Mum, we named our baby after you: Ruby Narelle.” Done. Sorted. No begging that you name your second daughter after her.
2. It's a good backup name if the first name you choose is a bit out-there and you're thinking your child might want to switch to something more ordinary when they get older.
So, for example, if you called your child Rocket, you wouldn't give them something like Zot as a middle name. Unless you're Lara Bingle, of course. (And yes, she had a very good reason.)
3. It can make your child stand out, in a good way.
There may be three Lilies in the class, but if your daughter's middle name is Belle, she can call herself Lily Belle, and there won't be any confusion. So if you're choosing a popular first name, go for a middle name that flows well afterwards.
4. It can give you a story to tell your kid.
You met your partner while a Pink song was playing? Your child was conceived in India? Your baby was born during a storm? All cool middle name ideas. Kids love being told these kind of stories. (Though maybe not the details about their conception.)