Ice Breaker – Middle Name

Each week on The Stretched Blog, I ask an ice breaker question. The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community. I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments. While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

This week’s Ice Breaker question is pretty basic.  Some people have several names.  Personally, I have one first name, one middle name, and a last name.  Someone told me recently that Dikembe Mutombo had nine different names.  According to Wikipedia, his full name is Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo.  I man at my office has two middle names which is apparently common for those with English heritage.  I’ve also heard of some people who don’t have a middle name.  And there many people today who have just one name like Prince, Cher, Bono, and Sinbad.  Today’s question is all about middle names.

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Question:  What is your middle name?

My Answer:  Mark is my middle name.  I’m fairly certain my parents picked this name based on its Biblical connection.  Interestingly, there is a person mentioned several times in the book of Acts named John Mark.  And he is known as Mark the Evangelist.  I’ll have to talk to my parents a little more about this.  I wonder if they were anticipating I would be an evangelist like John Mark from the Bible.  Or maybe they just thought I’d leave a “mark” on the world.

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