I'm neutral on it. I did it. Named my kid after three grandparents. It's a family tradition, but I can see why people would be against it.
Girl: Samantha Meredith
Boy: Andrew Welch
I'm not a fan. It's certainly not the worst thing you can do to a kid or anything, but I feel like to some degree it's inherently tied to this idea of "legacy" and I don't like that. I feel like it almost subtracts autonomy or something in favor of doing some honor to the relative which is odd.
And I do not. I have a very long list of names I like but I'd have a hell of a time trying to decide between them in 24 hours.
If I had a baby named Tomorrow that would be fine.
it does have a certain cachet. :)
Our girls middle names are their grandmothers names. I like it.
I'm not sure. I'd probably name a boy Anthony or Nathan.
Naming a child after it's mom or dad, i'm not crazy about. My parents named both my sister and brother after themselves and it has caused a lot of confusion over the years. They've had doctor things messed up due to it, bank issues, etc. I think other relatives are okay, but when the relationship is as close as parent and child, it can kind of be a pain in the butt just based on experience.
If it were a boy i'd name him Finley, and for a girl, Amia or possibly Lily after my Grandma.
I think that's what middle names are for.
Yes. I don't wish to share though.
My oldest is named after her great great grandmother: Myra Lee. It fits her perfectly and I love the name. My son has my granddads name as his middle (Francis) and my granddads moms maiden name as his first (Chase). His twin isn't named after anyone (Aria Mae) I wouldn't use a name just because its in the family, but reusing a name you love makes sense to me. I'm not a huge fan of naming your kid after yourself and doing the "jr" "sr" thing or "lll" etc but whatever.
The names I'd use right now:
It depends. I considered it when naming my child but I just didn't love any name or variation I could come up with to honor a family member. I feel like a brand new bebe should have a name personal to them.
I truly have no idea. I had my baby in September and brought him home from the hospital without a name. It took me an entire week before I called the birth records office to officially name him!
I thought you had decided on Xander! Did you go with something else?
I love this question because I am pregnant and I love names!
I like honoring relatives with namesakes. I prefer to do a variant of the name instead of the exact name, or something with the same meaning. </p>
Right now if it is a boy his name will be Wesley Warren S. Warren for my dad, Werner, who often is called Warren by Americans. If we have a girl her name will be Harlow Evelyn S. Evelyn for my aunt whose middle name is Lynn and she doesn't understand that Lynn makes everything slightly trashy :( although I prefer Rosalind to Evelyn, my husband isn't as fond of it.
I don't care for the practice. As someone saddled with a middle name from a grandfather, I've always hated it.
Kids ought to be given two names: one common, and one odd. That way, they can chose if they wish to be a Mary or a CrimeFighter (as Penn Jillette named his daughter).
Depends on the name, really. My great-grandpa's name was Hubert, and while he was a wonderful guy, nobody in the family is named after him.
If it was a girl, Katherine Jane (Katie). A boy, Thomas Henry (probably call him Tom-Henry).
I'm personally against naming kids after family-members due to my half-brothers being named after grandparents at either side, and my older brother got spoiled by "his" grandparents while they gave my youngest brother garbage. (Really, one christmas they gave my older brother a new bicycle and gave my youngest brother an itchy sweater from a dollarstore)
For a girl: Emma
For a boy: Hmm i always liked Jonathan, but my sister got a boyfriend with the same name. I like Daniel too.
For a cat: Nebucatnessar
I think it's fine if you want to honor your relatives.
Boy: Alexander! George, Victor, Henry, Lucius, Ambrose; girl: Josephine, Francesca, Georgiana--something really long, fanciful, and uncommon (though still legitimate, of course).
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I'm Jewish, and while I'm not religious at all, one of the traditions is we don't name anyone after someone that's still alive. It's just not done--which means I've never known anyone in my family to be named after anyone else, so it would be weird to start that now.
I wouldn't know what to name a baby. I like Patrick or Kyle for a boy, and I've always liked Kevin, but I've got students right now named Patrick and Kevin so that would be weird. Guess it's Kyle by default. ;) In a few years it would be Patrick.
For a girl, I like names that are way too common so I wouldn't choose them. Maybe Alex or Charlotte.
I find naming kids incredibly hard because I have had so many various students over the years that there are positive and negative associations that are way too strong. Luckily a lot of my students who had the most negative associations also had really distinctive names I would never have chosen. I also find it funny that most of the names I like are decidedly NOT Jewish names, as I sit here and spout on about how we don't name people after living people--apparently, we don't do that, but we do give them nice Irish names. Oy.
I used to LOVE the name Gideon. But every Gideon I've ever known has been a horrible devil child. Kids screw up a lot of names for me. :)
I personally don't like the whole "Jr." thing, so I'm not going to do that. However, in my husband's family, they have a tendency to name their boys after another (i.e. Donald Irwin, Craig Irwin, Donald Craig). So, we've compromised on Donovan Irwin if it's a boy.
The girl's name I've had for a very long time, and it's not negotiable: Josephine Elizabeth or Josephine Nicole (if we ARE going on the whole "name your kid after someone else" my middle name is Nicole, and my grandma's middle name was Elizabeth).
We've no problem naming the dog "Donald Jr." though, or just "John the Dog".
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I'd call a son Arte Maccaig lastname.
I still have no idea what I'd call a girl. I do like gender-neutral name on girls. Maybe Denver.
I don't really like my parents' names, but the 'Maccaig' from above is my grandfather's last name, which I quite like.
I sometimes think it's funny. If your grandmother had a horrible name (like Bertha or something), there's got to be a way to honor that name but make it so your kid doesn't get teased all the time. If I had a girl tomorrow, I'd name her Charlotte Irene and a boy would be Joseph Hudson or McLastname Joeseph (they are names in my family, but I think they are 'normal' for today.
I know someone whose first/last name is Joseph Hudson, lol.
Definitely Cora for a girl, probably Adrian for a boy. Middle name would likely be my last name, and last name would be my husband's last name.
I think it's fine if that's what the parents of the baby would like to do and if the person whose name is taken is okay with it. I don't think it's okay for parents to feel forced to name a child after a relative or to feel guilted into it.
Baby tomorrow... Boy would be Jack and girl would be Alyssa. Not sure about middle names; I would just try to find names that sounded nice.
Summer/Autumn Anne (I have Anne in my name, so does my mum, my nan, my aunt, my dad's aunts...)
Lucas Ben (Ben after the bf's best mate who died)
We've been together 8 months so IDK why we discussed baby names, lol.
My daughter has my grandmother's middle name. Grandma was a wonderful person, but really I just loved the name too... Josephine. Lots of nickname potential, common without being too common, it's just perfect.
I am not having a baby tomorrow but I am having on in may and I don't know WTF to name it. I don't like any other family names as much.
In general, I think family members are good for getting inspiration, but you shouldn't name a baby after one person because people have flaws and weirdness.
I like inheriting names from family. But I bloody hate exact matches and junior. Argh.
confusing and unnecessary. my SO has the same first and middle name of his grandpa and they go to the same doctor, so he almost always gets the wrong file for some reason. you'd think the birth year would be enough, but they just pull a name and go with it and end up confused. he gets wrong calls and all sorts of stuff.
it's nice to carry on a name and all that for the sake of tradition, but i would rather name children something independent, more unique, make them their own person. if that makes sense.
We plan to use our deceased grandparents' names to name our baby, whatever gender it is.
People sometimes say "but names from back then are so old-fashioned sounding." Well, there are a lot of different versions of the same name. For example, you could name a girl after great-aunt Sadie by calling her Sarah.
I agree. There are plenty of ways to use a name of a loved one, but more modern. One of my oldest ancestors was named Wilhelmina. I'd probably go with Mina or something.
I don't think it's a big deal.
No way would I know.