Middle name

name in the middle of a full name

In several cultures, a middle name is a portion of a personal name that is written between the person's first given name and their surname. "Middle name" has also developed as a figure of speech meaning a notable or outstanding attribute of a person, as in the phrase "discretion is my middle name." It is a recurring trope in entertainment.


  • Danger's my middle name! Well, actually it's Quincy, but you guys get the picture.
  • Call me Eugene. It's my middle name.
    • Reference: Jerome Morrow Gattaca is a film about eugenics.
  • For those lucky enough to be baptised with a middle name, they don’t ever have to wonder what it would be like to be without one.
    • Franklin P. Jones.
  • I can handle this. "Handle" is my middle name. Actually, "handle" is the middle of my first name.
  • And my middle name used to be Helping People. The Helping People Tick.
    • The Tick, The Tick
George: Elaine, Julie.
Elaine: Hi.
Julie: Oh, hi. Elaine's my middle name.
Elaine: Oh, mine's Ike.
  • Season 6 episode 2 The Big Salad (1994), Seinfeld
  • Note: It was revealed in another episode that her actual middle name is Marie. Ike is actually the nickname of the male-only names Isaac and Dwight.
  • We'll put that stuff at the back, not in the window. Luxury is not our middle name.
  • I'm not a prude, I just want some respect (that's right)
    So close the door if you want me to respond
    Cause privacy is my middle name
    My last name is control
    No, my first name ain't baby
    It's Janet — Ms. Jackson, if you're nasty
  • Woody, Woody, Woody… I promise that I will keep an open mind, okay? And anyway, "sensitivity" is my middle name. [opens the door] SWEET MARY IN THE MANGER!
    • Dr. Nigel Townsend, Crossing Jordan
  • Well, trouble's my middle name. Actually, my middle name is Marion, but I don't want you spreading that around.
  • You might end up dead" is my middle name.
    • Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  • Bending is my middle name. My full name is Bender Bending Rodriguez.
  • First name Mr, middle name 'period', last name T!
    • Mr. T, Silver Spoons (1982)
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