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  1. #1
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    Raymond? - Being named after where you live...

    First time I've asked a question for someone else, but here goes.

    (Back story time!)
    My brother and sister-in-law are planning on trying for their first child in the near near future. My brother is a third generation (father's side) of initials (First and middle) R. L. and would like to keep that tradition going. The "L" middle name is set, as it's the same for all of them. HOWEVER, what they are struggling with is the first name. My grandfather and father have the same "R" name, but my brother has a different one. Sister-in-law doesn't want baby to have the same name as my brother, so a new "R" name is necessary.

    The one that they are struggling with is Raymond. My maternal grandfather was named Raymond and it seems perfect - keep the R.L tradition of my father's side with the "R" name coming from my mother's side. HOWEVER, there are issues. It's important to note that this name is QUITE meaningful to my brother and he has struggled with it for awhile now.

    1. Is Raymond WAYYYY too old man for a baby of today?
    2. They live in the town of, well, Raymond. How completely odd would it be to raise a baby Raymond in the town of Raymond?
    3. Does meaningful family name triumph over ALL issues?

    Hope this all made sense and my rambling isn't too all over the place. Thanks in advance!
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  2. #3
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    I actually like Raymond and think it would be really refreshing to meet a little Raymond today! Plus it can be shortened to Ray if they worry about kids having issues (teasing etc, though IDK how you can tease this name) with it.

    But that said, if they live in a town called Raymond, I wouldn't do it. Sure, he probably won't live there forever, but whenever he writes his return address it will be awkward, and people will probably comment. Maybe just Ray?
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    The town thing does make the name a little awkward, but if it's that important to them, I think they should go with it. Important, meaningful names trump almost all issues (so long as they won't be harmful/embarrassing to the child). Raymond is a nice name, and he can go by Ray most of the time, which would help the town issue. They could certainly do worse :-)
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  4. #7
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    I don't think it's too old either, but hesitate if they have long term plans to stay in Raymond.

    Other R ideas (w/o knowing what your brother's R stands for):
    Redmond
    Roman
    Radcliff
    Ren
    Roland
    Rudyard
    Rafe
    Rodney
    Reid
    Rhodrick
    Randall
    Remy
    Reagan
    Raoul
    Reginald
    Radley (To Kill a Mockingbird names are popular)
    Reynolds
    Rex
    Raphael
    Rigby
    Roald
    Reuben
    Russ/Russell
    Reinaldo
    Ravi
    Ryland
    Rainier

    I just realized how much I like R names. Hope this was helpful to you and the expecting parents!
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  5. #9
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    I don't think it is too weird. I'm sure there are many Raymonds who live there. But if they're hesitant, what about Ramon? That'd still somewhat honor Grandpa Raymond but its a bit fresher.

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