Mary Martha "Molly" Maddox Carlton
Apparently today is “middle name day”, so let’s all celebrate!
My own middle name, Elizabeth, is somewhat of a mystery. My mother once told me that it was chosen from the Bible. My father told me recently that they knew a “really smart” woman named Elizabeth. I’ll take either explanation.
First names are often set by fate, passed down from one generation to the next. Or they are the product of current trends. Middle names are more often chosen to honor a friend or minor relative. For older generations your middle name might also be your mother’s maiden name or the name of the doctor who delivered you. I’ve seen plenty of both!
My mother, Margie Colleen Springer Simmons, actually used her middle name rather than her first name. My father-in-law, Irwin Edward Maurer, opted out of both of his names and was called “Dutch”.
In honor of Middle Name Day, here are some of the more unusual names, first and middle, from our family: