Monday, June 18, 2007

Middle Names - Susanna Carr

Have you noticed something similar about a lot of New York Times bestselling authors?

Susan Elizabeth Phillips, or SEP for short
Jayne Ann Krentz, or JAK for short
Vicki Lewis Thompson, or VLT for short

That's right. They have three names. Three initials. I don't know whether to include MaryJanice Davidson in that. Still part of her first name, yet everyone abbreviates it MJD. Makes me wonder if I should include mine. Would it get me on a bestsellers list?

My middle name is Marie, named after my paternal grandmother. In fact, eight of my cousins have the name Marie for that reason. Fortunately, all of those cousins are female.

My twin sister had a more unusual middle name. We were born while my father was going to law school, and so my sister's middle name is after the patron saint of lawyers. Can you guess what the name is? It’s Ives.

I feel that I am the twin who lucked out on the middle name. Who cares if the name is pronounced Eve? I won't even go into my older sister's middle name. I'm still sworn to secrecy on that one.

So what do you think of your middle name? Does it suit you?



Lois said...

Hmm. . . well, I tend not to use my middle name (not because I hate it or anything, just stick with the basic first and last LOL). . . but sometimes I think people use all three because of the way it rolls of the tongue or something. LOL (Well, it doesn't work with all of them anyway) Heck, I don't care what a person might call themselves. . . just as long as I can find your books!!!! :)


Janet said...

I don't use my middle name unless I have to. Since my mom and I both have the same first name which is Janet, my family and relatives always called me Janet Lynn to distinguish me from my mother. My sister in-law and my aunt and uncle use my first and middle name when they call me but I guess I just like Janet. It doesn't matter to me what name an author. I just enjoy reading.

Mary said...

I like my name, I was named after both of my grandmothers. My first name'Mary' from my fraternal grandmother, her name was Mary Elizabeth. My Middle name "Melissa" was my maternal grandmother's name. So when I had a daughter I named her after her grandmothers.

CrystalG said...

My family refers to me by my middle name but I prefer my first name.

ChristyJan said...

I like my middle name...I sign checks, documents, my signature etc. with it - but no one ever refers to me with it.

Both of my parents use their middle names instead of their first names.

All four of my children have middle names and my first son uses his middle name instead of his first name.

Cherie J said...

I don't have a middle name and neither do my twin sister or brother. My parents were just not into middle names. Guess it is a good thing I like my first name or I would really be in big trouble.

Angie-la said...

Well, Marie is my middle name, too! But it is almost an unspoken rule that if you are of Italian descent and your first name is Angela, your middle must be Marie!
It was my mom's middle name as well.

Maureen said...

My middle name is my mother's first name and I do like it but don't think of it as my name.

Mona said...

I think I've solved the whole dilemma. I don't have a middle name. How great is that?:)

Stacy S said...

I do like my middle name but nobody ever uses it. Except when your young & in trouble w/parents. Now my son we use his middle name instead of his first.

Scarlet Wharton said...

I had a very hard time with my first name as a child but the middle name was not an option either because of the spelling...
Scarlet mother nailed us last three girls with these names of course the second oldest of the girls was names after my mother and I am so thankful she got the name Zephernia and we got the names we could at least grow into...I love my name now but as you can imagine I was teased a lot with gone with the wing jokes and still which I now reply..hmm never heard that before, really original, before I turn and walk away.