middle name


Definition of middle name

1 : a name between one's first name and surname
2 : a term that is particularly apt to denote a person's qualities or affinities patience is her middle name

Examples of middle name in a Sentence

President John F. Kennedy's middle name was “Fitzgerald.”
Recent Examples on the Web Diddy later went on to change his middle name to Love — a voluntary, free spirit rebirth or a white flag for all beef-seekers? Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 28 June 2022 Using a family last name as your baby's middle name is another good way of honoring your family tree. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 Darius Leonard prefers to be called by his middle name, Shaquille. The Indianapolis Star, 26 July 2022 Darius Leonard prefers to be called by his middle name, Shaquille. Joel A. Erickson, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 Baby James' middle name, Eugene, is seemingly inspired by Sarah's dad, Eugene Levy. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 5 July 2022 After many years spent in the make-up chair, the model has launched a new beauty brand called Rhode (her middle name). Alice Cary, Vogue, 17 June 2022 Her middle name, Diana, is of course a nod to Prince Harry's mother, Diana, the Princess of Wales. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 6 June 2022 Mansfield said, for example, that some people will only go by their middle name, which isn’t recorded on the census. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of middle name

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of middle name was in 1835

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“Middle name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20name. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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