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#1 hollibaby

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 03:34 PM

Hi all! I gave my daughter a two-part first name when she was born. For some reason, people seem to assume that the first part is her first name and the second part is her middle name and they only address her by the first half of her name. Then, when I correct them, they react as if I'm asking them to call her by something other than her name. This irritates me! Did anyone else give their child a two-part name and find this to be an issue?

#2 Kasey

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 06:02 PM

View Posthollibaby, on 25 November 2015 - 03:34 PM, said:

Hi all! I gave my daughter a two-part first name when she was born. For some reason, people seem to assume that the first part is her first name and the second part is her middle name and they only address her by the first half of her name. Then, when I correct them, they react as if I'm asking them to call her by something other than her name. This irritates me! Did anyone else give their child a two-part name and find this to be an issue?

I gave my son a single name for his first name but I have a friend going through the same thing. She named her daughter Mary Beth and constantly has to correct people so they don't reference the child just as 'Mary'.

#3 hollibaby

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 02:54 AM

View PostKasey, on 25 November 2015 - 06:02 PM, said:

I gave my son a single name for his first name but I have a friend going through the same thing. She named her daughter Mary Beth and constantly has to correct people so they don't reference the child just as 'Mary'.

I worked with a Mary Beth back in 2010-11 who had the same problem. This has become such an issue for me that I've recently been thinking of writing her name with a hyphen from now on. Maybe if the name appears hyphenated it will 'clear things up' for people who don't understand that when the mom says both names, they need to as well!

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