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May 15th, 2013 11:00 PM #1
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!
Last edited by jess0044; May 15th, 2013 at 11:07 PM.
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May 15th, 2013 11:05 PM #3
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?baby #1 arriving november 2015
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May 15th, 2013 11:46 PM #5Senior Member
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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 :-)Wife to Jordan.
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May 15th, 2013 11:49 PM #7
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):
Radley (To Kill a Mockingbird names are popular)
I just realized how much I like R names. Hope this was helpful to you and the expecting parents!若兰
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May 15th, 2013 11:59 PM #9Senior Member
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