Middle Name Mellay

by Lucky Red Hen on July 1, 2011

My daughter is eight and doesn’t know how to spell her middle name. Is that bad?

It’s not like she has to use it anytime soon. There aren’t college applications to fill out, driver’s licenses to apply for, police encounters, or other legal situations that require knowing her middle name.

She at least knows how to pronounce it. And she knows it starts with a ‘d’.

See, that’s the other thing is that her middle name has a capital letter, just not at the beginning O_O



I just asked her what her middle name is and she said it. Then I asked her to spell it…

D, uh, A… no, I mean E, um… L? O X E?

Sad, isn’t it? Have we failed her as parents because we haven’t taught her yet? Should we sign up to be on Dr. Phil to discuss our dysfunction?

The other trick about her middle name is that it’s French. Poor thing is not bilingual.

Maybe this can be our summer goal… learn how to spell your middle name.

P.S. It’s not a made-up, wacky spelled nayme :p We got it from an artist we know (and have one of her painting’s). The girls in her family all have the same middle name (and it has an official crest as well!) I had told my best friend that if I had a girl, I’d name her middle name after her. Well, her first and middle didn’t work as well for my daughter’s middle name so we went with her last name, Low. It’s spelled differently, but sounds the same.

P.S.S. Because I know you’re curious… her middle name is duLaux (pronounced dew-LOW). Sometimes we pronounce it “deluxe” for fun, but as a nickname and not the proper pronunciation because paired with her first name it kind of sounds like a stripper :p


Jennie w. July 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

My six year old has two middle names (Amelia Clementine). She can barely remember what they are, let alone spell them. So it could be worse.

Britanny July 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

It really does sound made up…

Andrea Beauchaine Colyar July 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Do not worry. My middle name is a French last name too and I couldn’t spell it ’til I was about eight. The jury may still be out, but I think I’ve turned out okay. ;)
Lovies, Andrea “Beauchaine” Colyar

luckyzmom July 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I love all her names and her most of all.

Carol July 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I’m sure she’ll get it. Luckily for my son, his funnily spelled name is his first one, so we’ll be spending more time on it than his middle, which is more phonetically spelled. We have a hard time explaining my daughter’s middle name to her because there are 2 i’s and 2 a’s and none of which make the same sound (none of them say I or A either). She gets confused, poor thing. But then, as I think about it all, your duaghter’s middle name is probably harder. So good luck!

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