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The Middle Name Traditions in 8 Countries Across the World

Reader's Digest Logo By Corey Whelan of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 8: According to Scottish businessman Max Robinson, middle names are actually a fairly recent discovery, as previous generations didn't even think to give their kids a middle name. However, as the practice has grown in popularity around the world, it has become pretty common for Scottish babies to have middle names. Because last names in Scotland are generally associated with your family roots, and first names usually describe a physical characteristic, many parents see a middle name as an opportunity to give their baby a slightly more creative moniker that has no relationship to appearance or family history. 'Consequently, middle names tend to be pretty interesting!' Robinson says. <a href='http://www.babynamewizard.com/people/laura-wattenberg'>Laura Wattenberg</a>, author and founder of Baby Name Wizard, who did an analysis on current middle names in Scotland, has noticed that many of the top middle names are two generations behind fashion across the globe. 'The Scottish still want to honor our grandparents, but are no longer willing to sacrifice style to do it. So, we use their names as middle names, instead of as first names,' she explains.

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According to Scottish businessman Max Robinson, middle names are actually a fairly recent discovery, as previous generations didn't even think to give their kids a middle name. However, as the practice has grown in popularity around the world, it has become pretty common for Scottish babies to have middle names. Because last names in Scotland are generally associated with your family roots, and first names usually describe a physical characteristic, many parents see a middle name as an opportunity to give their baby a slightly more creative moniker that has no relationship to appearance or family history. 'Consequently, middle names tend to be pretty interesting!' Robinson says. Laura Wattenberg, author and founder of Baby Name Wizard, who did an analysis on current middle names in Scotland, has noticed that many of the top middle names are two generations behind fashion across the globe. 'The Scottish still want to honor our grandparents, but are no longer willing to sacrifice style to do it. So, we use their names as middle names, instead of as first names,' she explains.
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