‘Friends’: The Mystery of Monica Geller’s Middle Name

Throughout 10 seasons, fans learned a lot about their favorite friends, including their middle names. Joey Tribbiani, for example, carried the middle name of Francis, while Chandler Bing and Ross Geller both wore more unique middle names. It was revealed that Chandler’s middle name was Muriel, and Ross’ middle name was Eustace. Pheobe Buffay’s middle name remained a mystery because her sister burned her birth certificate and Rachel Green’s middle name was Karen. One friend, however, walked away from the series never mentioning her middle name. So, what exactly was Monica Geller’s middle name?

We do know that Monica Geller’s middle name begins with the letter “E”

Monica’s middle name begins with an E. Monica’s initials were revealed to be M.E.G. in season 2, episode 21. After being fired from her job, Monica got fixated on watching the stock ticker on TV. She noticed that there was a company that had been assigned her initials as their ticker symbol. Eventually, she gambled on “herself” and spent the last of her savings to buy stock in the company. Eventually, she lost all of her money when she decided to diversify, and had to take the diner job she detested.

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The actual company that Monica invested in is never mentioned on Friends. The ticker symbol is currently reserved for a company called MEG Energy, based in Canada. The company, however, was not founded until 1999, and Monica revealed her initials in 1996, meaning MEG Energy probably wasn’t the company she invested in.

Fans are pretty sure they know what Monica’s middle name isn’t

Screen Rant points out that Ross Geller’s middle name is Eustace, which, obviously, also starts with the letter E. Based on that fact, it’s possible that the Gellers were going for some sort of middle name theme with their kids. It doesn’t seem to be a coincidence that they both have E as a middle initial.

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Several fans pointed out that it seems unlikely that Monica’s name would be Erica, Emily, Emma, or Elizabeth because all four names were used on the show at some point. Ross dated an Elizabeth, and he was briefly married to Emily. Emma was the name of Ross’ child with Rachel and Erica was the name of the birth mother of Monica and Chandler’s twins.

So, what is Monica Geller’s middle name?

Unfortunately, Monica’s middle name was never revealed. However, fans do have some theories about what her middle name could be. If the Geller’s were going for a theme with middle names, it’s possible that Monica’s middle name could be Esther or a similar sounding name. Her grandmother’s name was Althea. While it doesn’t begin with the letter E, there are alternative spellings of the name that could explain Monica’s middle initial.

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While the mystery of Monica’s middle name was never solved during the series’ original run, it’s possible that fans could still get a definitive answer. Friends will be landing on HBO Max in the coming days, and a reunion episode is planned. Perhaps writers will address the mystery of Monica’s middle name at that point.