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    Enlish names

    Hi,

    I have a question about English names. For instance, American president 's name, George Walker Bush. We know that George is the fist name, Bush is the last name(his family name), but my question is how about the name in the middle, Walker? And why do we always see they write down this name as George W. Bush ?

    Another example, George Herbert Walker Bush, except George and Bush, then how about the remaining Herbert and Walker?

    Thanks for your help.


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    Re: Enlish names

    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    Hi,

    I have a question about English names. For instance, American president 's name, George Walker Bush. We know that George is the fist name, Bush is the last name(his family name), but my question is how about the name in the middle, Walker? And why do we always see they write down this name as George W. Bush ?

    Another example, George Herbert Walker Bush, except George and Bush, then how about the remaining Herbert and Walker?

    Thanks for your help.

    That's called his "middle name". Strange but true!
    A person can have more than one middle name.
    Often a person (like George W. Bush) chooses to use just an initial, W., to distinguish himself from his father, or simply because he likes the sound of it. Some people initialise their first names - J. Edgar Hoover. This often means they are called by their middle name as a first name.
    You can be called Peter A.B.C. Smith if your parents christen you Peter Alfred Barry Charles Smith. But that's not common except in royal circles.


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    Re: Enlish names

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That's called his "middle name". Strange but true!
    A person can have more than one middle name.
    Often a person (like George W. Bush) chooses to use just an initial, W., to distinguish himself from his father, or simply because he likes the sound of it. Some people initialise their first names - J. Edgar Hoover. This often means they are called by their middle name as a first name.
    You can be called Peter A.B.C. Smith if your parents christen you Peter Alfred Barry Charles Smith. But that's not common except in royal circles.

    , It is interesting ! I wish I have a middle name too!

    Thank you, Raymott.

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    Re: Enlish names

    You can have middle name because of other reasons too. Have a look at some royalty .

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    Re: Enlish names

    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    , It is interesting ! I wish I have a middle name too!

    Thank you, Raymott.
    I have two, but I am afraid they can't be given away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I have two, but I am afraid they can't be given away.

    And may be you can lend me just for a couple of days if you do not mind.
    Last edited by XINLAI-UE; 31-Aug-2008 at 17:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    And may be you can lend me just for a couple of days if you do not mind.

    You can share mine if you like, it"s William.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I have two, but I am afraid they can't be given away.
    You can't tease us like this and not reveal your middle names..... (I'll show you mine if you show us yours...)
    Last edited by Ouisch; 31-Aug-2008 at 20:43.

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    Re: Enlish names

    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    , It is interesting ! I wish I have a middle name too!

    Thank you, Raymott.

    In North America, at least, a middle name is very helpful when someone has a common first and surname. For example, there are hundreds of thousands of "John Smiths." So on official documents it helps to be "John Xavier Smith" or "John Marmaduke Smith" in order to differentiate yourself from the masses. Also, it's not uncommon for folks to have two middle names, because the parents wanted to honor more than one ancestor when naming their baby. That's how George Herbert Walker Bush got his many names.

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