Middle name for Owen



So, we are expecting our second child, another boy.  Our older son is Ethan Michael.  Our surname is Martin.  I like the name Owen.  After I mentioneis this to my mother, she told me my great grandfather on my father's side was Thomas Owen.  Had no idea, but kinda neat.  I've had a hard time coming up with a middle I like, and now Owen Thomas would seem natural.  I like the name, but I didn't really have a relationship with my GGF.  The family would take it as a big deal, too.  He helped raise my dad and aunts.  Just not sure it's even right to go there.  I still like Owen, and am comfortable using it, just not sure about using both GGF's first and middle names.  So, I liked Owen James, until I realized that would give him the initials OJ. Not sure how big a deal that would be, but it definitely gives me pause.  So, any suggestions for us?





November 28, 2012 5:02 PM

I don't think a relationship with your ggf would really matter.  It sounds like Owen Thomas would be meaningful to your dad & that might be just as good as giving your dad a namesake of his own.  Maybe if you could see it as a gift to your father (as opposed to naming after someone you didn't know) it might make you like the idea more.

All that said, I don't think you should feel like you have to use Thomas.  Owen James is very nice.  I've always had a soft spot for short/snappy middle names with Owen.  Something like Owen Jack or Owen Myles maybe?  I really like Owen Jack, but that doesn't help the OJ initials any.   Owen Milo is nice, I like the starting & ending O sound.  Owen Henry, Owen Reid, Owen Matthew, Owen Grant or Owen Charles?

Since Owen is going to be a big deal for your family, are there any names from your spouse's family that might work as a middle?  


November 28, 2012 7:17 PM

Just an idea- what if you asked for some family stories or went on Ancestry.com to learn a little more about GGF and just see how that feels? The other thought I had was that most people either use their first and middle initials all the time- like OJ for example or the Barney character BJ comes to mind or  they don't use the middle initial at all unless they are writing all their initials like OJM for a monogram or something. Not sure if that makes sense, guess I'm just trying to say that if you don't call him OJ, no one will even think about it. 

November 28, 2012 7:25 PM

I agree, the first and middle initials are never used unless you introduce yourself to people using them.  The first thought when I read "middle name for Owen" was Owen James, even before I saw that you're considering it. I don't think the initials are a problem at all.

November 29, 2012 1:53 AM

My second son is Owen John - so obviously I love the name! It's early days yet (he's only 11 weeks - I have been lurking here since my pregnancy and couldn't resist responding to this post!) but the OJ references have disappeared quickly since an early surge. I had to explain to a couple of family members the nn made me think of OJ Simpson and that made me uncomfortable, and they understood. They were using the name in reference to orange juice, because our Owen has ginger hair. John is a family name, and no one else in the family is AJ or MJ! I don't think OJ will be a problem in the long term, for me or you, if you choose to go with Owen James. Of course I live in Australia, so the OJ Simpson trials etc were a lot less politically charged here than in the US. 

Does Ethan have a family name? It might seem odd to have two family names for your second son, but not your first. Though I really like the sound of Owen Thomas!

Other ideas: Owen Andrew, Owen Edward, Owen David, Owen Angus, Owen Campbell, Owen William?

November 29, 2012 1:57 AM

Oh, and I second Owen Henry and Owen Charles!

By hyz
November 29, 2012 11:40 AM

I don't think there's anything odd or too much of a namesake about using Owen Thomas, if that is the name you like best.  It just seems like a nice bonus that there's a family tie and that it would be meaningful to your father.  I love the name Owen, and I happen to think Thomas sounds really great with it, and your surname.  However, the other options you mentioned (and those suggested here) are all great too--you can't really go wrong.  My 2yo son has the initials O.J. Lastname, and it hasn't been a problem for us.  My dad will occasionally call him OJ out of the blue, but because it's happend so rarely I haven't said anything about it.  Nobody else has ever done it (although I affectionately call him Ollie J. sometimes, which might be what is prompting my dad to even think to use OJ).   

By mk
November 29, 2012 11:24 PM

I like Owen James a lot, and I think the initials are a non-issue. People will most see his initials as OM or OJM. Owen Thomas is nice too.

Owen Patrick

Owen William

Owen Daniel

Is there a relative's name on your partner's side that could be used as well?

December 1, 2012 12:39 PM

Thanks, everyone, for your responses.  :) I had asked my husband if there was a family name from his side that he'd like to use.  He said maybe his grandfather, George, but he's not sure about Owen George.  He's afraid it's a bit stodgy.  (It's his middle name,too.) Looks like I've picked the first name, so I will leave the middle name ball in his court.  We will keep both Thomas and James on the list for now.


Thanks again,


December 3, 2012 1:49 PM

Owen Bradley

Owen Brooks

Owen Chase

Owen Daniel

Owen Connor

Owen Grant

Owen Henry

Owen Levi

Owen Max

Owen Maxwell

Owen Nicholas

Owen Patrick


I like Owen Grant, Owen Nicholas and Owen Patrick a lot. I can see why you wouldn't want his initials to be OJ lol My nieces name is Olivia Jane and I thought the same thing but didn't point it out