This is rare in the UK. Very rare.
Why is it common for people with money/power in the US to display their middle initials, i.e. James P Gantry?
I know that it's not always because they share a first name with their father, i.e. George W Bush.
James T Kirk
That's 'real swell' tootie, but it doesn't answer my question!!!
I dont think its common, or has anything to do with money or power. its just how some people prefer to have their names written. it may be a southern thing as well.
On a degree or Diploma I want my middle initial. No special reason, just seems more professional
Yup, I remember stacks of people having middle initials in the South.
What's it all about??????!
I've noticed also that Americans often use the Ken Kannif Senior (snr) or Ken Kannif III (the third)....makes me laugh that does.
Sorry not being rude or nothing....honest like!!!
Riddle me this brother can you handle it
Your style to my style you can't hold a candle to it
Equinox symmetry and the balance is right
Smokin' and drinkin' on a Tuesday night
It's not how you play the game it's how you win it
I cheat and steal and sin and I'm a cynic
I don't like the Jr./Sr./III thing either... seems pompus
the middle initial may be used to differentiate people, like at debutaunt balls and things. when using Jr/Sr/I/II/III, this is to tell who you are. get a phone call to the house one day can i speak to willy dilly? junior or senior. makes sense. why pompous?
Well I would say that this is more common amongst men.
I would also say that in the Southern United States, it is common, or used to be common, for people to call each other by both their first and middle names. (Ginny Sue, Jim Bob)
I would also say that it has to do with pride of family heritage. That middle name often stands for the name of one's father, or grandfather.
Also, don't know if this is true in other countries, but in the US, males are often named after the father. To differentiate, the father and son have different initials... so the child might grow up being called by both his first and middle name, or his first and middle initial.
I think that in some case, the middle initial just sounds cool... rolls off the tongue better. For example, the "S" in Harry S Truman stands for nothing, but it sounds cool, doesn't it?
I do agree that this is all more common in the states... I now live eight hours farther north from the US border than I used to growing up... so I don't hear as many middle names here. But growing up, I was often called by my first and middle name, mostly out of family pride, because my middle name was my grandmother's name.
For me scorp my given names I dont like and my parents didnt like them either. So I go by a nickname given to me basically at birth. The same my father had. So I sign documents in Thailand as say XX "" Tommy"" AO.
My kids only have middle initials out of respect to my mom and dad, and the fact that you have difficulty registering 3 names in Thailand. So one is Miss first name, middle intial L. and the other is Miss first name middle initial Z. Then with my surname. They have no Thai names either.
Too long in Exile, too long not singing my song.
Too long like a rolling stone, Too long in exile
Too long in Exile, baby you just arent my friend.
Too long in Exile my friend, Baby you can never go home again.
Aqu LoL...obviously mate....but why name your kid after you??? I mean are people that 'happy' with their names??? "Ahh I well like my name Ken, I think I'll call my kid Ken as well and when he has a kid we'll call him Ken as well' WTF is up with that? Ain't there enough names that are 'nice'???
And the third? you're not a fucking King....get fucking real!!!
Ken Kannif the 100th!!!
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my grandmother calls me by my first and middle name. my daughter has no middle name, just easier that way.
I think it is sweet to name a baby the same name as the father. The woman would have to be so madly in love with the man to do that. (Either that or be forced into it.)Originally Posted by kenkannif
My kid has 4 names AO....why so difficult here??? Or do you mean difficult for you???
David James Hardie Kannif is mine.
That's 'cos you're a bird....I think it's really fucking sad!!!Originally Posted by tootie
Can I speak to Ken please?
Err fucking Ken that lives there!
Ken senior or junior?
Phone goes dead!!!
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