Do You Write Your Middle Name or Middle Initial?

@Rainegurl (2158)
Philippines
May 6, 2009 3:00am CST
I always make sure that when I write my name, especially in legal documents, I also write my middle initial. It seems to me that if I do not write it, my name looks incomplete. I feel the same when I see other people's name written down without at least their middle initial. I also think that it is important to write it down because there might be another person who has the same first name and family name with you. It would be less likely that you also have the same middle name or middle initial and so there would be a distinction. Do you write your middle initial too?
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@fec139 (803)
• United States
8 May 09
There are so many people with my first and last name that I would be in trouble if I didn't use at least a middle initial, so I use a middle initial. I find when I use my full middle name, people want to call me by my middle name or, even worse, reverse the two names and put my middle name as my first name and my first name as my middle name.
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• Netherlands
8 May 09
It all depends on what I am writing my name for and how much paper I have! If I am writing it for a legal document then I write my full name, first, middle and last name even if there is not enough space sometimes I just have to make my own second line but I won't sign a legal document half way for anyone. My name is just a normal length but my I have large, swirly writing and it takes space for all of that!! If I am signing a paper that doesn't mean much like if I accept a delivery then I only sign my first and middle initials and then my full last name. With my signature, whether it be full signature or abbreviated version, there is no doubt in the World that it is my signature as it is very distinctive.
• Philippines
7 May 09
More often, I'm using my middle initial only except when a form requires it and yes for legal documents as well. whenever I create a fictional character, specially on the internet, I usually use my middle name as my family name.
• Philippines
7 May 09
Ninety nine percent, yes. Eversince i got married. My middle name is my father's surname and i write it full not just the initial. Actually i hyphenate it with my married name. The only time i remember writing just the initial was when i filled out a coupon from the supermarket and the space was just so small i could not fit my two first names, a middle name and a surname in that very short line.
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• United States
7 May 09
I actually go by my first and middle name: Brenda Marie. I often write it BrendaMarie to keep people from shortening it. I'm not sure where I picked this "habit" up at but to me I like that name better than just Brenda. People laugh because they think back to when their parents use to call them by their first and middle name whenever they were in trouble. Mine never did that to me so I guess that's why it's more comfortable for me to use it this way.
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• Philippines
8 Jan 10
Hello Rainegurl! When I write my name, I always make sure that I include my middle initial. There are times however, when the requirement is for the middle name be written. Well, of course, I would follow instructions. You are right, there are people who share the same first name as well as family name. The only way to distinguish is through the middle name. Or at least, the middle initial. It is indeed important.
@Preciousgem (1190)
• Philippines
30 Jun 09
I use to write my middle initial, if i am at school, but if it is legal document i use to write the whole middle name, to protect the documents on it, to say that you are the one holds that middle name, because you also have the same name, middle name, and sure name, that they will notice that this people are different in other.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
25 Jun 09
I write my middle name in most of the forms.I give my middle name in the school register.The boys in class will ask me what's that name.Even in college some boys will call me by the middle name.Its the name given to me by my mom.Once i went for an interview.There he saw the middle name and asked if i was a christian.Because the name was given from the bible.
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
I do believe that it's a more common behavior to write the Middle Initial and not the Middle name even in formal documents. Thanks for the response on my discussion :)
• Philippines
29 May 09
Yes, I do write my middle name. I always make sure that I write my name correct and complete specially on legal documents or exam sheets.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
12 May 09
I never write my whole middle name unless it's required. I simply have too many letters in my full name (25 between first, middle and last) In addition, it's an uncommon name so I never have to worry about people getting confused. I think if I had a name that I shared with several people, I would be more compelled to differntiate myself from the others, but for me it's not a problem.
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
9 May 09
I usually only use my initial, unless they need my middle name written out. When one of my brothers got married he married a girl with the same first name as mine. and as it turned out she also had the same middle name as mine....and after the wedding she had the same last name as mine, until i got married and changed my last name to my husbands.. so yes it can happen.
@Kavitina (88)
• India
9 May 09
I always make it a point to write my middle name in all the legal documents. Like you I too feel that there may be someone with the same name and surname but there is a remote chance that the middle name would be the same too!
@MsCYPRAH (397)
8 May 09
I actually use my middle name as my first name because of a trend in my family when I was born. My mother seemed to name us all with middle names then call us by that name instead of the first name. It meant that I and my sisters were called one thing at home and by relatives but another in official circles which went by our birth certificate. So I was always called Elaine at home but Doreen at school and elsewhere! Anyway, I disliked Doreen so I began to make sure that in my 21st year everyone called me Elaine and Doreen switched to being an initial from then on.It has felt much better since then. :o)
@chiepao (714)
• Philippines
8 May 09
hi Rainegurl! :) Well as for me, since I was still a student, I do write my middle initial... because that's how I was taught. When I was in highschool... it became a fad in our batch to write our name in this format : SURNAME, GIVEN NAME MIDDLE INITIAL. So, up until now i still use that format in any forms or documents that I fill up. :) It is true that by not including the M.I. the name seems incomplete... but it depends on the person though. Here in the philippines it depends on the documents of the person. If the person doesn't have a known father.. he/she can't take the middle name of his/her mother because it would show that he is a brother/sister of his mother or a son/daughter of his grandparents... ( i hope you see my point) x.x Anyway..I'm happy I'm not like that and proud I have a middle name :) happy mylotting :D
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
8 May 09
I write my whole name, first, middle, and last.
@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
8 May 09
I always write my full name. so that people can know that a name that is me. so people will not be mistaken if you have the same name.
@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
8 May 09
it depends on what I am writing my name on. It also depends on if they ask for my middle name or not. If the document or whatever doesn't ask for my middle name or middle initial, then I don't usually put it.
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
8 May 09
I do write my middle initial on important stuff. Hardly ever do I write my middle name out. I only do when I need to. I always write my middle initial on legal documents. Funny thing was that I took a long time to learn to spell it correctly.
• Philippines
8 May 09
I write my my middle initial especially in important documents.