Middle Name Pride Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to the second name. In addition to his own name, the child may also be given a middle name or surname, which was usually worn by his ancestors. This symbolizes a peculiar act of reverence. The holiday is celebrated on a Friday in the full first week of March.
The Middle Name Pride Day celebration is a continuation of the famous week dedicated to your name. This holiday, like many others, was established by the famous onomatologist Jerry Hill in 1997. The holiday is dedicated to the study of your roots – who were your ancestors, what the name means, what is the story of its origin. Everyone should learn more about their ancestors, because it’s a whole story!
The practice of giving a person a second name probably originated in the high society of ancient Rome. There, additionally, wealthy people were given a nickname that acted as part of their full name. After the fall of the empire, the practice was lost. Her return was seen during the Middle Ages, in various European countries. It was especially popular in England. In the U.S. the practice penetrated around the 17th century with the European settlers.
- Examples of double names can often be found in famous people. For example, the famous author of the Sherlock Holmes novels had the full name Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle.
- In Iceland, people do not have a last name. A name is formed by adding to a person’s own name the name of his father (very rarely his mother).
How to celebrate
At Middle Name Pride Day, learn more about your birth name and middle name. Research your family tree by answering the question, “Who were your ancestors?” Interview your parents, all your relatives. Establish an accurate and complete history of your ancestors.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they know the history of their middle name.
When is Middle Name Pride Day celebrated in 2024?
Middle Name Pride Day is observed annually on the first Friday of the first full week in March.