Recognize Your Middle Name

Photo by Artem Sapegin

We celebrate Middle Name Pride Day on the first Friday of the first full week in March. In 2023 it takes place on March 10.

Great care is taken when parents and grandparents name a child. Sometimes a first and middle name have meanings both on their own and together. A middle name often commemorates a current or past relative or godparent. And, as with first names, middle names have meanings.

My middle name is Ann, which is a shortened version of the name Hannah. The meaning is “grace” and “favored by God.” (I must note that “grace” in my case does not reflect any tendency toward being graceful.) As with many original names, the meanings are derived from the Bible. So, take a moment to find the meaning of your middle name, if you have one… or the reason it was chosen for you.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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