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Name Sage: Girl Name Honoring Jacob

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Jennifer writes:

I am due soon with our third child and my husband and I are having some problems finalizing a name.  We have a common Jewish last name (also popular as a first name).  

We have two children, Milo Efrem and Reva Whitney.  While their names did take us some time to get to, we were in agreement and the process seemed easier than this time around.  Since my husband and I both have very common names, we wanted names for our children that are not overused but also not weird.

We are fairly settled on Iris for a first name, in honor of my Uncle Ira.  We would like the middle name to honor my husband’s grandfather, Jacob, called Jack, or the Hebrew version of his name, Yacob. 

My husband really likes Jaclyn or Jackie, but I have bad associations with this name and I can’t get on board.  I have been searching the baby name lists but nothing seems right.  I am open to names inspired by the honoree, without directly using the first letter, but I know my husband won’t go for something too non-traditional. 

Can you offer some other suggestions?  Or should I just learn to love Jaclyn?

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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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Name Sage: A Brother for Jacoby Eugene

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Rachel writes: 

I have racked my brain for a second boy’s name and just cannot land upon one.

Our first son’s name is Jacoby Eugene. He was named after my mom’s surname, Jacob, and my husband’s grandfather, Eugene. We love the name!  

If we ever have a girl her name will be Annalise Elizabeth after my grandma, Ann Elizabeth. Ann is a family name on my husband’s side, too.

I would like the new little one to have the middle name Stanley after my grandfather.  But we do not have any more male family names to work from for first names. 

We like Liam and Eli but don’t want a popular name. We also don’t want it to be too far out there.

In addition, we’re avoiding names that start with A, D, M, or J. I come from a large family and know how great it is to be able to label things with first initials!

Our last name is short, starts with an S, and has a long ‘ee’ sound, like sea.

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Name Sage: A Name to Remember Dad

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Barbie writes:

I would like to honor my recently deceased father, Early Bernard, but I am drawing a blank! I just cannot see myself naming my child a name that would be shortened to Earl. His nickname was Early Bird, so I have flirted the idea of incorporating Bird somehow. But how?

Our four daughters are Taegan Elizabeth Claire, Madeleine Alexandria Rose, Julie Isabella Maria, and Willow Delilah Blue. As you can see, I like a variety of names.

I gave them all three names for personal reasons, and my son will have three names as well. I would prefer that no two of my children have the same first initial, so J, M, T, and W are out.

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