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Can You Skip the Middle Name?

Do you have to give your baby a middle name?

No, you don't. It's perfectly fine to give your baby a first name only. Middle names certainly aren't a legal requirement--just a personal preference.

Most parents in the U.S. do give their babies a middle name (often Marie or Rose for girls, Michael or James for boys) but others do not.

Here are four scenarios, for example, in which a parent might not want to give his or her baby a middle name:So don't feel forced to bestow a middle if you don't want to. For some babies they work well, but for others they might not be the best idea. Middle names are an option, not an obligation. :)

But if you don't want to abandon the "middle" tradition altogether, you could try one of these alternatives:

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