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double first name Amelia and Claytons Mommy Due October 14 (girl); TTC since Oct 2013; 2 kids; Fort Drum, New York 3097 posts
1st Jun

My father in law really wants us to use his middle name for our baby. It's Gale, so for a girl we'd use Gail. I don't personally like it, but he keeps talking about it. I thought he was just joking at first, but I think he's serious. My husband has been looking at names and came up with EmmaGail. I wanted to use my middle name for the babys middle name so we wanted a double first name. Does it sound ok? Do you have any other suggestions on Gail for a part of a first name and not Abigail. My middle name is Bernice. Also how should it be spelt...

Emma Gail
Emma-Gail
EmmaGail

Jesssicarabbitt 1 child; United States 675 posts
1st Jun

It's up to you obviously,  but IMO it sounds funky, and you shouldn't be obligated to name her after anyone, just because you feel guilty.. It's your baby, you call the shots!

~a girl and a boy~ 2 kids; ,, IA, United States 56506 posts
1st Jun

I don't like that double first name.  Nobody should expect you to name their child after them!  Name your child a name you want and like.

Anne Taydus United States 12 posts
1st Jun

I have a double first name with a hyphen. Anne-Elizabeth. Friends call me Anne. Fam calls me Anne-Elizabeth. 

Missexpecting Due December 14; United States 506 posts
1st Jun

Actually I think it's super cute and original, but I have to admit it's your baby so don't let him talk you into something you don't really care for.  I wouldn't want to tell my lil girl that her grandfather made them feel obligated and that you didn't really care for her name. ;) lol   Hey and you're from Fort Drum!!!  I'm from around that area! Used to he closer but now I moved to Cooperstown area when I met my now husband, my family is from Gouverneur which is about 30 minutes north on hwy 11. Is your husband in the army?

Legendary 2 kids; Beverly Hills, California 59667 posts
1st Jun

I don't like naming children after people unless the person died or something, and even then, I've done it but I'm not a fan of it. 

But everything you're talking about is just so bad IMO lol, double first names, have one and hate it. The name you're considering, not something I would consider, ever. Using your middle name for your daughter, never crossed my mind for mine, seems so silly. 

I would just totally scratch all these ideas and restart. 

But it's your kid, just IMO it's all really, really bad. 

Amelia and Claytons Mommy Due October 14 (girl); TTC since Oct 2013; 2 kids; Fort Drum, New York 3097 posts
1st Jun

Yeah I'm not sure if I will end up using it. I've gotten along with my in laws really well. I talk to my mother in law almost every day. I don't want to do anything and piss them off, but I also don't want to not like my daughters name. I figured if I used EmmaGail I'd probably just call her Emma. 

Amelia and Claytons Mommy Due October 14 (girl); TTC since Oct 2013; 2 kids; Fort Drum, New York 3097 posts
1st Jun

Quoting Missexpecting:
Actually I think it's super cute and original, but I have to admit it's your baby so don't let him talk you into something you don't really care for.  I wouldn't want to tell my lil girl that her grandfather made them feel obligated and that you didn't really care for her name. ;) lol   Hey and you're from Fort Drum!!!  I'm from around that area! Used to he closer but now I moved to Cooperstown area when I met my now husband, my family is from Gouverneur which is about 30 minutes north on hwy 11. Is your husband in the army?



Yeah he's in the Army. We've been up here for 5 years, but will be moving in a couple months.

linsα Sayama Hills, TY, Japan 31806 posts
status 1st Jun

I love double names, I have an aunt named Mari Claire and I love it. However I hate when people combine the two. Maybe its just living in the south I see double names used all the time with no confusion. I would just use Emma Gail or Emma-Gail. I think Emmagail is tacky looking. 

Missexpecting Due December 14; United States 506 posts
1st Jun

Quoting Amelia and Claytons Mommy:


Yeah he's in the Army. We've been up here for 5 years, but will be moving in a couple months.


Ahhhh cool! :) 5 yrs is a long time for Flrt Drum! Lol most people can't wait to get out of here cuz they hate our winters!   We had friends stationed  in Fort Drum for 10 yrs only because they requested it because we were such good friends! Lol but they ended up moving back to Arkansas after they retired from the army... They were my parents friends there daughter was my bf lol I'm not that old. ;). 

Sophiedangelo United Kingdom 8 posts
1st Jun

It sounds kinda like Abbygail have you ever thought of changing Abby for Emma or is that a no??
my daughter has 2 middle names and one first name Ava zea rose brown 

Ellie Goulding 1 child; London, --, United Kingdom 4761 posts
1st Jun

I don't like it at all.
Don't let anyone pressure you into using a name you don't like. I think it's odd that he's like, "you need to name your child after me" wtf
But if you really want to use it, I'd use it as a middle name. You could spell it "Gayle" to make it less masculine.

Amelia and Claytons Mommy Due October 14 (girl); TTC since Oct 2013; 2 kids; Fort Drum, New York 3097 posts
1st Jun

Quoting Missexpecting:

Ahhhh cool! :) 5 yrs is a long time for Flrt Drum! Lol most people can't wait to get out of here cuz they hate our winters!   We had friends stationed  in Fort Drum for 10 yrs only because they requested it because we were such good friends! Lol but they ended up moving back to Arkansas after they retired from the army... They were my parents friends there daughter was my bf lol I'm not that old. ;). 


I use to love snow, but I think living up here kinda ruined that. But it is nice up here. I'm just ready to move so I can be closer to home.

Missexpecting Due December 14; United States 506 posts
1st Jun

Quoting Amelia and Claytons Mommy:

I use to love snow, but I think living up here kinda ruined that. But it is nice up here. I'm just ready to move so I can be closer to home.


Hahaha! I hear ya! Especially this last winter was the worst!!! But I'm sure it's hard being away from where you are from, I'm only 3 hrs away from my home and miss it like crazy... It's not the weather I miss it's my family and just where I grew up is what I miss more then anything.   Where r u from?

Kiki&Ari's Mommy 2 kids; Montana 4160 posts
status 1st Jun

I would not use it as a first name....it Is really unattractive sounding.  Put it as a middle name if you must.