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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: He hates my favorite name

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Tilly writes:

We’re expecting a baby girl and my fiancé loves names such as Britney, Sarah, and even Sally!   There is only one name that gets me excited when I think about naming our baby girl: Rory. I love it!

But my fiancé wants nothing to do with it.

I’ve even tried pitching Aurora so we could call her Rory but no luck. Also Rory for a girl’s name receives some backlash since it is originally a boy’s name. I’ve looked up similar names but have yet to find anything I like as much as Rory.

Any suggestions at all will be so helpful!

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Jasmine writes:

My husband and I are expecting our second child this summer. We thought we had chosen the absolutely perfect name. It’s the name that we have been calling the baby for months. It just felt so right. 

The name is Henry. We already have an Oliver and thought they were both good, strong traditional names.  

So what’s the problem?

My father drowned in a boating accident when I was four. Obviously, I was too young to know the details. Imagine my shock when I told my mother we were naming the baby Henry, and she replied that my father’s accident happened in Frederick Henry Bay.

I am absolutely devastated.

The other name we considered was Charlie, but it doesn’t have the same feeling as Henry did. I keep scrolling through baby name lists and nothing stands out. 

Some say it’s a good sign to use the name. I’m not sure, and yet, we can’t find another name we love as much.

I hope you can help! 

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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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