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Name Sage: Will Chester Be Teased?

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Caren writes: 

My husband and I are due with our second child in a month. We have a daughter named Eloise Esther (both family names) and we love older names.

My husband’s grandfather’s name is Chester, and so is my husband’s middle name. Chester Reed (again, both family names) is in our top two baby names for our child.

My dilemma is the horrible nickname that Chester often comes with during the school years: Chester the Molester.

My husband was raised to be very proud of his middle name and it doesn’t bother him. I’m just afraid that our son won’t be the same, or it will hurt him more than my husband.

Close friends and family have mentioned this to me, so what the heck is the general public going to say?

It’s been suggested that we use it as a middle name, but our other favorite name is Porter, and Porter Chester doesn’t sound good at all.

What do I do? Do I put my foot down and say no way? Or do I hope that we can raise him to love his namesake and his name?

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Build-A-Family Baby Name Game

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Among the most popular features on Nameberry are our Baby Name Games forums, and occasionally (okay, maybe once) we invent a name game for the home page.

Now we have a new name game inspiration we thought it would be fun to invite everyone to play. Here’s how it goes:

The first poster, me, comes up with a name for the oldest child in a fictional family. My fairly random pick:

Aurora Estelle.

The next commenter adds a second child to the family, the next names a third child, the fourth names another child, and then the fifth commenter names the final child in the family of five. Children can be either gender and names can be themed or not.

Once we have five children, the next commenter starts all over, choosing Name Number 1.

Remember, the first name is:

Aurora Estelle.


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Baby Jr.?

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We’ve (thankfully) moved beyond the days when it seemed like nearly every first son was named after his dad — and if he wasn’t everybody wondered what was wrong.

Today family names are still favored, but many parents are more likely to honor a grandparent or spin mom’s maiden name into a first than to name the baby after themselves.

Would you, did you, name your baby after yourself? Or did you maybe use some version of your name in your child’s name? Maybe you have a family name as part of your own that you passed on to your child?

If you did name your baby after yourself, or if you’re named after a parent, how do you keep the names from getting confused?

Or perhaps you’re a junior who would never foist your own name on a baby.

Tell us your experience with and your feelings about Baby, Jr.

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When Not to Use an Honor Name

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By Kara Cavazos, The Art of Naming

For many years all around the world, it was the norm to hand names down generation after generation. In many cultures, it was traditional to use family names. Sometimes there were even patterns laid out for determining which child gets which relative’s name.

Times have changed a bit but even modern parents find themselves considering whether or not they’ll honor a relative.

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Patronymics – names taken from one’s father’s first name – are among the oldest and still most-common surnames in the Western World. We’re talking about literal “son” names such as Jackson and Emerson but also names such as McKenzie and Fitzgerald that indicate your daddy was Jack or Emery or Kenzie or Gerald. Now, of course, these patronymics are becoming popular baby names. In honor of Father’s Day, you might want to consider one of these names for Daddy’s boys and girls.

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