Honest Opinion on Unusual Middle Name

Updated on March 11, 2011
R.L. asks from Minneapolis, MN
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We are expecting a girl in about 6 weeks and have settled on the first name Naomi. We haven't decided on a middle name but were thinking of using Jane. I am an avid reader and writer and Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. But Jane seems a little plain or standard for a middle name, so I'm not sold on it. I got to thinking tonight...what if we had her middle name be Eyre (pronounced like "air")? I don't mind having a more unusual middle name, but I just wanted to get other peoples' opinions. Do you have an unusual middle name? Do you like it or wish that you had a more "normal" middle name? Do you think Naomi Eyre Larson sounds good together? What do you think?

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Wow -- thank you Ladies for so many great responses! My hubby and I talked last night and he really likes Eyre too! Pretty sure we'll be going with it. Thanks again!

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S.B.

answers from Redding on

I personally think the name Jane is one of the most beautiful names. I love it, really.
You might be thinking of the phrase "plain Jane". But to me, the name itself isn't plain at all.
I also love Jane Eyre.

If you like Eyre, go for it! I think that using literary names is great.
I wanted my son's middle name to be Dashiell after Dashiell Hammett, but my husband wouldn't go for it.

Anyway, I know you will choose just the right thing when the time comes. Let us know when the baby arrives!

Best wishes!

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V.W.

answers from Jacksonville on

Something about the two vowel sounds running together doesn't quite flow in my opinion. I think Eyre would be fine, but I think it would flow better if the first name ended in a consonant sound. But that is just me.

Naomi Jane sounds beautiful.
Naomi Eyre sounds more like Naomieyre to me... Like it would be difficult to make a distinction between the two names and they would run together when saying them.

But that is just my own preference. She isn't my child. Do what you like. It isn't some sort of made up out of thin air name.

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S.T.

answers from Washington DC on

i prefer naomi jane.
'eyre' is a very cool middle name, but putting two vowels together (the 'i' at the end of naomi and the 'eh' sound at the beginning of 'eyre') causes an awkward flow.
khairete
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L.M.

answers from New York on

I really like Naomi Jane.

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S.C.

answers from Milwaukee on

I actually love how Naomi Jane sounds. :)

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C.M.

answers from Dallas on

Don't underestimate the power of just a plain-jane name (ha!)

Seriously though, I think it's cruel to saddle children with names that they will have to pronounce/spell/and define for the rest of their lives.

Jane is elegant and beautiful.

Blessings to you!

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S.R.

answers from Kansas City on

I love it, Naomi Eyre Larson, it flows together I think. My kids names are Ella Skye and Landon Zander, so you see they don't have very common middle names (okay, Skye is pretty common right now, but at the time wasn't.)

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L.B.

answers from San Francisco on

I think it's unique but not strange. Very pretty sounding actually!

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T.J.

answers from Seattle on

I love Jane! And Naomi Jane sounds really cute :)
Her friends won't know Jane eyre or how to pronounce it. I do think unusual names should be relegated to middle names, but in this case I vote for Jane! We almost used it too but went with Lane instead. Congrats!

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C.L.

answers from Minneapolis on

I like Naomi Jane. I think a simple middle name fits well with Naomi (which I love) because Naomi isn't a real common name. Also, the one syllable following three syllables works well. Here's my husband's theory on middle names for whatever it's worth. He insisted we pick something that our kids could use as their first name if for some reason they didn't want to use their given first name. Looks like the initials won't be an issue either way. A friend always advised me to check the initials to make sure you don't inadvertently spell something you might not be happy with. (I was once in a business meeting with a very large man who had his initials prominently embroidered on the cuffs of his fancy dress shirt. His initials happened to be "FAT.")

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R.S.

answers from New York on

I like the name! It is so original and different.

IMO, I like different names -- although differently SPELLED names (Madyson instead of Madison, for ex) just happen to annoy me.

I think it is very pretty. Go for it!

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C.W.

answers from Washington DC on

Some how Naomi Eyre when said aloud sounds like one long word

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E.S.

answers from Dayton on

IMHO I like Naomi Eyre...but I think w/ the hard 'r' sound in Larson it dosen't have the best flow. Too much.
I think Naomi Jane is perfectly lovely. Not plain at all.
I too wanted to name a daughter after this fictional heroine! But...didn't. :(

On a side note, I knew a girl whose last name was Eyre in H.S.. She caused me a lot of grief.

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T.C.

answers from Colorado Springs on

Beautiful names, all of them. I love the name Jane, and think Naomi Jane sounds so pretty. But, Eyre is nice also. Congratulations. Oh, I looked up the meaning of Jane, and it means "God is gracious." What a great name!

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D.P.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I really like Jane. Eyre not so much. I think it gets a little muddled with the "i" at the end of Naomi and the "ar" sound in Larson. My .02.

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S.L.

answers from New York on

to be honest it reminds me of an airline, Pacific Air, etc. I do like Jane and it is not that common.

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D.J.

answers from Detroit on

Love it! Other literary types will get it and everyone else will probably think you're an ex-hippie. lol. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful name.

My daughter's named after Austen's Emma. ;-)

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H.X.

answers from Los Angeles on

I think Eyre is an awesome name. Go wild with the middle name I say. Anything goes for middle names. (FYI, me, my mother, my grandmother, and my daughter share the middle name Jane. When I was young I hated that i had a "plain jane" middle name. I rather like it now because it was so common and plain for soooo long that its almost unused and therefore almost unusual. Almost)

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S.S.

answers from Daytona Beach on

i actually prefer Naomi Jane, I think it sounds better than Naomi Eyre. Obviously totally up to you and what you like, and most people won't know her middle name anyway. But if it was me, i'd go with Jane. I think it's pretty and nowadays it's unusual and not so plain.

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J.G.

answers from San Antonio on

I think Naomi Eyre Larson sounds wonderful. I also think that Jane is fine too. I know only one person first name Jayne and one child middle name Jane.

I'd probably go with Jane b/c if she wanted to, she could go by Jane when she's older if she prefers (Ya know how a lot of guys will go by their middle name instead?).

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L.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Erin, you are really rude. She was just asking for an opinion. And if you have been here long enough you would know that this is a friendly forum where we try not to openly criticize, judge and call each other names.

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B.P.

answers from New York on

Jane is not a common name and actually cool in its simplicity. How many Jane's have you ever met? I don't care for Eyre as a middle name since it looks like that donkey eeyore in winnie the pooh. I actually don't have a middle name so you wont be using it much anyway. So if you like Eyre or Jane or whatever, go for it!

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M.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Beautiful! I like them both equally, I am considering Jane for a middle name too. :)

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J.M.

answers from Kansas City on

I like it and think its sound wonderful ! Dont let anyone influence your name choice, if we waited till every one like a name we picked, noone would have a name ! : )

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J.M.

answers from Boston on

As a J., I can tell you there aren't actually too many of us. Yes, it is plain, but it's a middle name, so it probably doesn't matter too much. I like Naomi Eyre, but I think that a lot of people would mispronounce it Naomi Eye-er. I think that Naomi J. flows a little better, personally. Naomi J. Larson sounds like a smart, straightforward person, if you ask me. (I think it's important to think of what the name would sound like on an adult). And I think that she might get tired of explaining that J. Eyre is one of her mom's favorite books, hence the name. Anyway, I've gone on enough. That's my $.04!

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L.S.

answers from Spokane on

I love love LOVE it!!

I loved that book so much I named my daughter Charlotte :o)

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K.M.

answers from Chicago on

I think it is lovely, but I personally like 'Jane' very much. Both are very pretty. Congrats on your upcoming arrival!

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B.W.

answers from Minneapolis on

Naomi is a beautiful name, great choice. I love Jane too, Naomi Jane is an awesome name to grow up with!

Although I don't totally hate 'Eyre' as a middle name. Most people know who Jane Eyre is and its not hard to pronounce or spell.

Naomi Jane is beautiful, but Naomi Eyre is pretty cool too. :)

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E.B.

answers from Seattle on

Ok mama, I have a gieger pronounced guy-ger. I have also a Zephyr prounounced Zef-her. I love Eyre. i think it looks pretty. Anything you name that baby girl will be magic. Congrats!

Normal doesnt have to fall in a certain lane.

Let us know what you went with!!

-Libby

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C.A.

answers from San Francisco on

To me its not about what is normal or not, its about what sounds better. I like the name Naomi Jane. I am not crazy about Naomi Eyre, its harder to say.

Congratulations on whatever you decide!

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M.D.

answers from San Francisco on

YAY! My first name (and my mom's name) is Naomi.

I prefer Jane, but would have no problem with Eyre, either.

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D.P.

answers from Greenville on

I think Jane is lovely. Every woman I have ever known with that name was strong and beautiful (including my daughter). :) It's unusual in that it's not that common anymore. I am all for names where you don't have to pronounce or explain to people. I decided on my daughter's name by speaking it firmly and loudly, over and over again. Try it! Then go with whatever sounds best to you!

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K.M.

answers from Chicago on

It is a fine name ... I just do not think it flows off the tongue well for me that is important in choosing a full name.

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J.B.

answers from Atlanta on

I actually love Naomi Jane the most! I love Naomi. It's one of my favorite female names.

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C.S.

answers from Minneapolis on

My middle name is Jane and I like it just fine, but thought it was boring growing up. I think Eyre would make a great middle name and has a nice story behind it about why you picked it. I think the middle name is a great place to play around with unusual names. My daughter's middle name is Stone, which is my maiden name. Unusual, but does go nicely with her first name and is way to get my family name into the mix.

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J.G.

answers from Santa Barbara on

I'm all for unusual middle names. Heck, my daughter's middle name is Lilikoi (pronounced Lee-Lee-Koh-EE). It's Hawaiian for Passion Fruit, the first gift her father gave me when we were dating. Name your child EXACTLY what you want, you'll regret it if you don't.

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M.H.

answers from Atlanta on

I love them both. If you like it, your little one will too. My youngest, now 15, is Lydia Ruth. Her grandfather told me I gave her an old lady name, lol. She loves it because it's hers and she "wears it well."

Congratulations!

M.

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A.C.

answers from Washington DC on

I think it sounds great together. And since it's a middle name it's not going to get used as often as her first name, therefore less confusion and issues with school and such.

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M.C.

answers from Minneapolis on

looks and sounds just fine. I went a little on the different side with our third born as far as middle name and I live my choice, if you love it go for it. I happen to prefer Naomi Eyre over Naomi Jane I think it sounds much better.

M.P.

answers from Lafayette on

i love the name. i think you should go for it. my middle name is semi normal, but spelled differently. Its my parents middle names smooshed together. LeeAnn. i've come to like it ,but... i hated it for a lot of my life because it wasn't original. i think eyre is very original and your daughter would have a beautiful name.

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D.S.

answers from Washington DC on

I think both names are beautiful, both on paper and spoken. If you like Eyre better, go for it! The literary reference will be more clear with Eyre than if you use Jane.

Erin D., if you don't like the question, just don't answer it. There's no need to be rude. Really, who's acting like a 15 year old now?

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D.T.

answers from Muncie on

Love it!!

My daughter is Naomi Christine, we tell people it's for my mother -in-law, but it's for my love of the Phantom of the Opera.

My little sister-in-law id Anne Bryant. No one has to know what her second name is unless they ask.

Stick to your guns, I think it's a wonderful name.

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J.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

oh i like it no wait i LOVE it!!! Naomi Eyre Larson sounds beautiful. if you and your husband, boyfriend, SO like it go with it. or if its just you do i love it. my daughter has a semi plain name hers is Jaiden Rae

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C.R.

answers from Minneapolis on

If you think Jane might be too plain, you could spell it Jayne. Good luck with your decision!

J.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

Naomi Jane.. or Naomi J.! LOl both names are good, but hard to figure out pronounciation for Eyre.

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M.D.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I say go for the creative. It is after all a middle name and who really ever knows or uses the middle name. I love names that have meaning and this has meaning to you, so go for it. Naomi Eyre Larson very nice.

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J.S.

answers from Boston on

LOVE IT! Also a Jane Eyre fan, though, so I might be biased. I would definitely use it. It sound great, anyone who is somewhat well read will know how to pronounce it, and it's an interesting conversation starter.

Edited to add that I wanted to name one of my boys Dylan (as in Dylan Thomas) and lost that argument with DH and then for another son, lost my argument for Nathaniel (as in Hawthorne). They are Jacob and Zachary and I love their names, but that little literary twist from the other names would have been really neat to have.

E.K.

answers from Minneapolis on

I like it (and love Jane Eyre too!).

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E.M.

answers from Johnstown on

I like either one :)

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B.

answers from Augusta on

I LOVE it!
Sounds great!

S.T.

answers from Kansas City on

I LOVE IT!!!!! so original and cute, not weird. I think you should go with it!!!

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M.P.

answers from Bismarck on

Hello there! If plain Jane isn't working for you, consider putting a little spin on the names, like Jayne (including and utilizing the 'y' from Eyre), or combining the letters, like Jaryn or Jeyne or Jeryn. Good luck! If all else fails, Naomi Eyre Larson is still a beautiful name.

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A.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

OMG that sounds great, Naomi Eyre Larson

M.S.

answers from Lincoln on

I love it! Actually sounds like a family name. If I came across it outside of this forum I would think it was the mother's maiden name. Something she will probably pass down and make it a family name.

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K.R.

answers from Minneapolis on

I think it's lovely, but I think most people won't know how to pronounce it, and that could be a pain.

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J.K.

answers from Sacramento on

I really love them both!! Good luck!

D.M.

answers from Denver on

I think Naomi Eyre Larson is LOVELY!

CONGRATULATIONS on your baby girl!

B.K.

answers from Chicago on

I LOVE it! I have a plain middle name -- Ann -- and I hate it and hate the way it sounds. I love the name Eyre and your story behind it. Go for it!

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S.H.

answers from Honolulu on

I like either.
Jane.
Eyre.
Both nice.

I have an unusual middle name. Don't want to say it here.
Lets just say, I hated it when I was a child. As an adult, I love it.
It has special meaning.

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L.N.

answers from New York on

love it. both my kids have unusual names (for americans), and both my kids (age 6) love their names.
Your choice....awesome, and I don't Jane. I mean I like it but not so much :)

J.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

I think it sounds beautiful! I would do it if it were me, but you need to make the choice and go with what your comfortable with and love.
(I also think Eyre makes it flow nicely....where as Jane put the name at an abrupt stop...but thats just how I am saying the 2 names...)
The thing about middle names is....you don't introduce yourself as First Middle Lastnames. It's not required on tax forms, most applications only ask for an initial, schools don't call your full name out....so seriously how would anyone know to mispronounce it?
My first/middle names are very plain. My last name is very unusual...my last name is also my nickname. Everyone I know calls me only by my last name...people love it and so do I...but its never pronounced/spelled right.
If my parents thought having an unusual name was cruel my last name and nickname would be Smith! =)

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C.N.

answers from Baton Rouge on

Babies should be named whatever their parents want to name them.

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S.H.

answers from Detroit on

I really like it :-)

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K.S.

answers from Denver on

Hmm. I actually like it. When pronounced all together, it's lovely. I think your biggest problem will be getting people to pronounce it correctly, but how often will people who don't know her have to use it? If anything, she'll be asked her middle name and will obviously pronounce it correctly.

I also think you will know the people who are readers and those who aren't!! So if you like it, go for it, I think it's nice (but the only opinion that should matter is you and hubby's).

For the record, I think Jane is just fine. Naomi is unique (not unusual, but not super common, and cute by the way!) so Jane works fine with it.

My middle name is Jo, and it's always been fine for me. I never wished for anything more exotic. Of course I have a last name that is hard to spell and pronounce so maybe I was just glad to have something 'plain'!

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M.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I like it! Beautiful with Naomi!

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A.H.

answers from Omaha on

I love it!! It flows beautifully together.

A.

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D.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

LOVE it! i'm biased though because my sister's middle name is Eyre and it fits her perfectly!! go for it!

P.M.

answers from Tampa on

love the sound of the middle name... may want to spell it differently tho - because most ppl will not know how to pronounce Erye.

J.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I have a weird middle name, but have sort of enjoyed having it as a secret extra bit of personal info/trivia to bring up for fun. I think Eyre sounds lovely with that full name. Congratulations!

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V.B.

answers from Phoenix on

I would say go for Eyre. My brother has a VERY different middle name (from my grandmother's family, Slavic) and it has never been a problem. It just makes for a fun story. I love that both my first and middle name have meaning and a story for my parents.
As far as "sounding good" I wouldn't worry about it. When we first named my son I didn't think it really flowed, but it was a family name that we both loved. Now, it flows great and we don't think anything about it "sounding good" Some names just take saying it a few times to make it flow.

C.F.

answers from Portland on

I love that, honestly, saying "Naomi air" I would constantly be using both names if it were my child, LOL
Very pretty :)

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J.W.

answers from Minneapolis on

I think it's lovely. How often does a middle name get pronounced (or even seen?) They make sure to get pronunciations right at graduations and things. I love it.

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