Middle Name Pride Day

Holly Knitlightly is celebrating holidays every day this year and today is Middle Name Pride Day.

My middle name is Amanda. I have no idea where it came from, but I’ve always loved it. It means “worthy of love”. When I was really little I liked it more than my first name and tried to go by it, but it never stuck. Sometimes I would pretend Amanda was my “evil twin”. Or else, she was the good one and Lauren was the evil twin. Later, there were many more Amandas in my classes than Laurens (though, now Lauren seems to be way more popular & they all seem to be my age. Where were they then?).

When I was 11, my sister was born and her name is Amanda. (We had different moms so I guess this is enough criteria for this horrible theft!) So she basically stole my name and ran off with it, never to allow me the fun of my middle name again! πŸ˜‰ This is what an evil Amanda name thief looks likes:

Gosh, it’s not even fair. There are songs about my middle name – Amanda by Waylon Jennings and Amanda by Boston. Mandy by Barry Manilow. I always loved the Waylon Jennings song. And what does Lauren get? hmm?

I’ve been trying desperately to get a nickname for oh, my entire life (haha – well, I used to have them for my last name, Tatar, but never for my first) and I’ve heard that people have gone by Lo, Laur or Ren for Lauren before, though I’ve never really been called any of those (at least not seriously – tried Ren/Rennie for a bit and it never really stuck though I love it). Sam thinks that I should go by Lo Mein – Lo for Lauren and Mein for Amanda.

So, what’s your middle name? Do you like it?

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  • marisa

    Petra, and I love it, though it took me until nearly 30 to grasp the its beauty and meaning.

  • I don’t have a middle name! :O (slry, people think I’m lying sometimes when I say that)

  • “kay” and i don’t particularly like it but it is what it is. my mom wanted something else, but my dad didn’t.

  • @marisa — that is a beautiful middle name.

    My middle name is Desiree. I am named after the Bob Dylan album Desire because my parents are awesome hippies.

  • Ann. I like it. It’s the same as my mother’s middle name πŸ™‚

  • I actually go by my middle name, which is Brooke. My first name Courtney, I never answer to when I’m called. It’s been super confusing as my whole life I’ve had to explain it to people. Oh, well, I’m named after Natalie Wood’s daughter.

  • Mine is May… also my grandmother and great grandmother’s middle names, but their spelling was Mae. I was Jessie May growing up. Only my grandmother is allowed to call me that now. πŸ˜‰

  • manisa
    it’s suposedly a flower that grows in nepal/himalayes (that’s were my dad is from) and i’ve become to love it. i didn’t when i was younger because i felt like i was already sticking out enough from all the finns so why did i also have to have a super rare middle name? but like i said, i like it now (:

  • hahaha i’m totally with you on the nickname thing! i guess i get ‘kel’ sometimes, which i do like, but doesn’t get used much.
    hee hee i like lomein. cute and delicious. πŸ˜›

  • My middle name is Lorraine. As a child I disliked it and my first name. I wanted to be named Michelle. When I was 5 or 6 I told my Mom that I would no longer answer to Adrian. She hollered for me several times and I refused to go to her because Adrian wasn’t my name anymore. Let’s just say I got in trouble and never used the name Michelle again. lol Now I really like both names. If I ever have a little girl I’ve considered giving her my middle name. πŸ˜‰