emily sarah knee
So I called up my parents and asked them why Sarah is sandwiched between Emily and Knee and was rather underwhelmed by their answer, “Because it sounded good.”
I think all my parents’ efforts were channelled into their children’s first names which make us sound like we are fresh from an E Nesbit story; Emily, Harriet, Charlotte and George (my mum loves the Victorian era). I guess I should be grateful that I got an interesting first name and that the rather boring Sarah was relegated to making my name flow nicely. Otherwise I would have been one of many Sarahs - joining the many Michelles, Clares and Emmas that made up my primary school classes.
So really my middle name is ‘of the time’ - thanks to my parents’ slightly hippyish opting out of anything significant (which they reneged on later with my brother - but that’s another story) and its commonness among a number of people my age, marking me as a child of the 80s.