Hyphen in a boys name??

we have decided to go with John Patrick for our baby due in 5 weeks.  we want his first name to be John Patrick  and we would like him called that. we would like his middle name to be Thomas. Would it be ok to use:

John-Patrick Thomas?? 

Or is the hyphen too much for a boy?? 


April 23, 2015 8:07 PM

Hyphens are not gendered.  They are also not computer-software friendly.  For convenience sake, I would just use John Patrick as a double-barrel name.  Double-barrel names are certainly common in the southern US, were I presume you are, given your screen name.

April 29, 2015 7:37 PM

Perhaps you could put John Patrick as his first name on the birth certificate and have him sign his school work as John-Patrick.  As a teacher, I would have an easier time calling out his name as desired if his papers had the hyphen, but I have heard from more than one person that a hyphen in the legal name is a hassle not worth having.  I wonder if that would work for last names too, i.e. the legal last name is two names with a space, but the child (or adult) uses a hyphen occationally for clarity. 

May 2, 2015 7:03 PM

I don't feel like punctuation belongs in names.  I'd live it out and just call him John Patrick.

May 21, 2015 11:25 AM

I don't mind the punctuation at all. I think John-Patrick Thomas is a wonderful choice.

By Fly
June 19, 2015 7:00 AM

I know someone with an apostrophe (yes an apostrophe) in the middle of an otherwise normal name (Ch@nt3l variant).

Jean-Paul? Jean-Pierre?  Or the popes, John Paul 1 and 2?

I don't think hyphens are gendered, and they're a darn sight namier than apostrophes that don't belong.

John-Patrick is fine.

I would personally prefer John Patrick (no hyphen), but personal preference isn't really you're asking. If you put John (space) Patrick on most forms in the 'given name' position, he will go through life being called 'John' by teachers, doctors, receptionists, etc.

I think use a hyphen whenever possible, but when it doesn't work (i.e. in a computer), you should consider no hyphen to be equally accurate and acceptable (as you would with multiple pronounciations). My mum actually has this problem, as well as a pseudonym, so she has three different versions to look for, as well as a commonly misspelt surname. One little hyphen shouldn't be too deadly.  If you're worried, leave it off on the birth certificate but put it on everything else, just in case.

July 17, 2015 5:00 PM

I don't personally know anything about hyphens, but as others on here have pointed out, they're not always form or computer friendly. On the other hand, one of my brothers has a double first name, no hyphen, and he constantly ends up being called by the first half only, even when forms are filled out with both parts in the first name slot. 

Either way, though, I definitely don't see a hyphen as at all gendered.