Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Happy Middle Name Pride Day

Holidays, Just for fun!

I am not making this up. Today is Middle Name Pride Day.  

Some people have very unusual middle names. Sometimes they are rarely used.

Sometimes middle names are always used, as in George Washington Carver, Sara Jessica Parker, or Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Middle names can be in honor of a family member, a famous person, family name, or just another name--often one loved by one parent but not the other. A very popular middle name for men over 50 is John. (True in our family).

Often you never hear someone's middle name until some formal ceremony. The funniest middle name at our high school graduation was Gascoigne. Janet Gascoigne (- - - - -). None of us had ever heard it used before, so there was a bit of a titter in the crowd. 

Mine, by the way, is Kolleen, with a K, which is another thing people do with names--spell them differently. Colleen means girl and is of Gaelic or Celtic origin. Kolleen following Kyle, also of Gaelic or Celtic origin, would make you think I was Irish or Scots, but no.

It is rather enjoyable to look up the history and meanings of names.  I had always heard that Kyle meant church or church yard, so I guess the two together means Church Yard Girl. Maybe I should be on the landscape committee at church?

Enjoy the day!

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