Piggybacking--Mary Joan as a double barrel name

What do you think?  And should it be Maryjoan, Mary-Joan, or Mary Joan?  


June 12, 2012 2:26 AM

It depends I think if you want room for another middle. Maryjoan and possibly Mary-Joan work as a first name, whereas Mary Joan is first-middle said together. I do think it has the potential to be misheard often as Mary Jo, so if that bothers you, I'd rethink it.

Other than that, I think it's really cute and I see Minnie (I think this was what you were wanting to use) working well as a nn. The "j" sound also opens up Midge and Madge as feasable nns as well.

Of the three, I'm partial to Mary-Joan. I think there's something really charming about the hyphen, and it leaves the option of a "middle" middle name (if that makes sense) open, but isn't necessary.

June 12, 2012 9:43 AM

I like just "Mary Joan" if you are using it as a first-middle combo that is said in full. If you were to use Mary Joan as a first and add a middle to it, I agree with ilikemints' explanation of why Mary-Joan is more appealing.

June 12, 2012 10:20 AM

Mary Joan gets my vote.   Mary-Joan is OK, but I'm not really a big fan of the hyphen and Maryjoan just looks odd to me for some reason I can't really explain.   

By hyz
June 12, 2012 11:27 AM

I will second this. :)

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June 12, 2012 1:39 PM


June 12, 2012 7:02 PM

Funny to see Mary Joan (my preference) as I've been trying to come up with a middle name for Mary as well.  I love Mary Jane but for the drug reference.   I've been wondering if Mary Joan sounded to close to Mary Jane.  I think for a double barrel it is too close but with a nickname it would be fine.

June 12, 2012 8:14 PM

I prefer Mary-Joan. Visually I like Mary Joan slightly better but I think the Joan part will get dropped alot unless you live in an area wher double barrelled first names are common.  I also think it will get misheard as Mary Jo alot!! Which does sound similar in sound to brother Joseph.

While I like the double barrelled Mary idea I'm not sure Joan is the best name to add to Mary. Only my opinion though.

June 14, 2012 7:42 AM

I like Mary Joan the best-- when your baby grows up she can choose to drop the Joan if she likes.  I've known two double barreled Mary's, a Mary Lauren and a Mary Joy and neither one was hyphened or combined.