Sharry wrote:Wasn't Joe's mother's name Felicia Marie Cartwright? I thought she just preferred to use Marie with her family and friends.
That's as good an explanation as any, but it was never mentioned on the show. In the pilot, she was "Felicia" and in all subsequent episodes she was "Marie".
I actually have a friend from the Philippines whose first name is "Maria" but her family calls her by her middle name - because all of her 5 sisters also have the first name Maria! (We always called her Maria at work, and I don't even remember what her middle name is.) My first name is Mary but my family has always called me by my middle name too.