What’s My Name?

What is your middle name? Does it carry any special meaning/significance?

This was today’s blog prompt. I know I already wrote today, but wanted to contribute. My name can be difficult!

Who am I? I see my dad when I look in the mirror.

My middle name given at birth is Ann. I’m one of the few people in my immediate family who doesn’t go by their middle name. My dad, mom, brother, sister, maternal grandmother and many of my dad’s siblings go or went by their middle names. My husband does, too.

By the way, happy birthday, Ernest Lee.

I go by both my names, Sue Ann (when I’m not Suna, my self-bestowed name). I’m named for Bettye Sue (Aunt Pug) and Doris Ann, my dad’s sisters. I’m glad I got their middle names.

I think I wrote a post once about not calling me Sue. Yes. I did. So, go read that for more. I like having one of those Southern US two-word names. I do like them separated, so it’s vaguely annoying that Dell spelled my name SueAnn in their directory and what show up in email sent to me. It could be worse. Most of my Indian colleagues have some very interesting initials and truncated names in the system. You need to ask what to call them.

Names matter. Find out what people want to be called and pronounce it well. Folks appreciate it.


Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

6 thoughts on “What’s My Name?”

  1. My middle name is Ellen. My parents named me after one of my Mom’s good friends. My first name, Cynthia, was chosen by my older sister. My parents were seriously considering naming me after my Dad. So I would have been Roberta Ellen. I don’t care for the name Roberta. So, I’m eternally grateful to my big sis for convincing my parents that Cynthia (I mostly go by Cindy) was a better name for me.

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  2. My middle is Elaine and I don’t know any particular importance. I think my parents liked the way Margaret Elaine sounded. I was named after my beloved aunt Margaret and am forever grateful I didn’t get her middle name, Agnes. As a kid, I tried to go be Elaine instead of Margaret, but it never caught on. My husband goes by his middle name. In my family, the oldest son is always Thomas Howard, and they alternate generations on using middle/first names.

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