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Riddle me this - why do people use their middle names as first names?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by fnfalman, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I don't get it.:dunno:
  2. Kilrain

    Kilrain Señor Member

    Apr 25, 2001
    On the road to Shambala
    Perhaps they don't like their first name? Just a guess.........:dunno:

  3. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    All during my childhood, I was known by my middle name.

    When my parents kidnapped me, and moved to Maryland, the school system demanded that I be called by my first name.

    I refused to answer when called by my first name.

    I got into a LOT of trouble over that. However, I won 'the war'.
    (My History teacher called me 'that name', and when we went to the office, I asked him if he wanted to be called "Dilbert", instead of Mr. Harris?) His name wasn't Dilbert, btw! :)

    Now, my legal signature is "first initial/middle name/last name".

    There are only two people that has called me, by my first name, and I'll answer. . . . . and one of them passed away in May of this year. (That person was my Dad.)
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  4. for the same reason people use their first names, or a nick name...its what they prefer.
  5. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    It was a very common practice in the South. not quite as prevalent today as it was up until about the middle 20th century.
  6. fwm


    May 31, 2006
    Near Central US
    Because my fathers first name and my first name were the same. People called me by my middle name to avoid confusion. I wasn't even really aware of what my first name was until the fourth grade or so. My female first cousin had the same first name as her mother and we all called her by her middle name.

    Grew up that way. No problem. Sorry you have one with it. No bug deal.
  7. I use my middle name as my first name. My father was a turd and I have his first name, "William". That's all I am going to say.
  8. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

    Jul 21, 2005
    At the beach
    Pretty much same here. Every new class I went to the teacher would call out my first name and I would be looking off into space going, "Nope. Not talking to me" When she repeated it louder and added my last name I would wake up and answer.

    Years later as an adult I asked my mother, "Why?" She said they though it sounded better that way. When I asked her if they ever thought of all the trouble it was going to cause me she said, "No, not really" Very few of my friends even know my first name and I keep it that way.
  9. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

    May 15, 2011
    My Mom's 1st name was Jewel. She never liked it so went by her middle name. I begged her to let people call her Jewel. Nope, wasn't happening.
  10. I was best friends with "Brandon" for probably 8 years before I found out his name is Charles, and that's when I learned that his gorgeous little sisters' name is Rebecca. I asked the same question. He said his parents always called them by their middle name.

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  11. heliguy


    May 10, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    17 yr old says there a a thousand Stephanie's in her school but not one Brette!
  12. Tongo


    Jul 21, 2006
    Eastern Washington
    My father and I share the same first name, but different middle names. He got to keep the first name while I was growing up and I got my middle name (made phone calls and such a lot easier). Once I moved out, I started going by our shared first name. Make family gatherings fun now :D
  13. skinny99

    skinny99 Crew Chief

    Oct 30, 2011
    Because this is America and they can be called anything they choose! The real question is why do you care?
  14. NMGlocker

    NMGlocker BOOM headshot

    Jun 29, 2001
    New Mexico
    My 9 year old boy goes by his middle name.
    His first name (James) is a family tradition but we (and he) prefer the less formal middle name of Ryan as his common use name.
  15. Tango 1Zero

    Tango 1Zero Millennium Member

    Nov 8, 1999
    My Dad didnt like my first name and called me by my middle name. I grew up using my middle name. In highschool all my records were using my first name.
    If someone calls me on the phone and asks for me by my first name its a tellemarketer or someone from highschool.

    My nephew was named after his Dad with the same first name. Total confusion with mail, phone calls etc. He goes by his middle name now.
    His dad was John Sr. he was John Jr.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  16. jtmac

    jtmac Señor Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    State of Denial
    Because they like it better? But usually because their parents want to call them by a certain name but think the names flow together better with the order swapped so that's what they do.

    Name conventions are odd. There are legal names, the name we grew up being called, our nicknames, the names we prefer to be called to, the names we respond to... sometimes they coincide. Sometimes they're the same. Sometimes one is silly enough to use another one despite protest by the named.
  17. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    Quite true.

    Most of my life, my Dad called me, like this -

    "Boy! Get over here!"
    "Dammit! Get over here!"
    "Bud! Come here."
    "For cryin' out loud. Get over here, now!"
    "Son. Can you come over and visit for a while?"

    (I miss you, Dad.)
  18. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

    Jun 25, 2004
    3rd one in my family with same name, using a form of my middle name made a lot of sense to everyone when addressing me to keep from confussing me with dad or his dad. never thought much about it before but now that i get the impression it pisses someone off makes me want to do it that much more.
  19. Henry's Dad

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  20. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    There are people I've known for many years that don't know my first name.
    I'm called the first half of my last name, like "Jack" of "Jackson".

    Interesting that I am the only one in the world with my name.

    A search will find my father's grave marker. He had a different middle name and it appears that his name was also the only one in the world.