As some of you already know, my full name is Paul Jefferson Quinton. I’ve been known as Jeff Quinton since I was born. I know plenty of people who go by their middle names for various reasons, and it happens often in the South. It often happens when someone is a Jr. or a III or a IV to avoid confusion. In my case it is for similar reasons.
When I was born I was the third consecutive living generation of males named Paul J. Quinton in the family. It logically would make sense to most sane people that I would be given a nickname by my parents to avoid confusion. That’s how I ended up being called Jeff since I was named for both of my grandfathers.