my birth certificat lists my middle name as "F.", i have always been told it was "Frederick" what is my true middle name

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in Genealogy Help by Don Ryniker G2G1 (1.1k points)
In the UK the full name, including any middle names, would appear on the birth certificate, as it also would in the baptismal record, if there was one. The index  produced by the General Record Office (GRO) of all births, marriages and deaths in a given month of a given year will only include the first name, as registered, in full besides the surname, any middle names will appear simply as initials.

This can make for some difficulties when searching for someone who in life chose to be known by their middle name rather than their first.

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I'd say it was "Frederick" if you choose to accept what you've been told.  Birth certificates, which are usually considered "Primary" sources, are 'merely' government records, and don't neccessarily reflect everything that was in your parents' minds when they named you.

There are many examples of folks who were not yet named when their birth certificate was issued and were noted as "Infant Smith" or "Baby Smith" or "Female Smith".  This does not happen in the modern age, but I doubt anyone would argue that those people's "true" names are "Infant, Baby, or Female". 

While it is not that unusual to have a middle initial without middle name,  there are examples where one was forced on a person.  My paternal grandfather was told when he joined the Army that he had to have a middle name. When he said he only had a middle initial, they chose one for him beginning with that initial and it was used for the duration of his military service. 

When he retired, he reverted to just using the initial on all subsequent records and paperwork for the duration of his life.  His Death certificate and Grave Marker both use only his initial - so he had the last word.

If you are concerned about what your legal middle name is, I suppose that would be better answered by a lawyer - and I'm not a legal expert.  I don't know what the conventions are where you live, but it's likely you may choose to use or not use "Frederick" without having to worry about it.  - Mike

by Michael Gabbard G2G6 Mach 1 (20.0k points)
selected by Wendy Hampton
just want to thank you
My plesure, Donald.
Were you baptised or christened while still an infant? If you were there may be something in the register that would tell you what your parents were thinking.

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