By Linda Rosenkrantz
These days, not many of us name our kids Junior—though British singer Peter Andre (whose other child is Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther) did just that–or even call them My Name, Jr. * But there are ways that you can still honor yourself but a little less blatantly. And for this, as in so many ways (just kidding), we can look to the stars for ideas.
1. Translate your native-language name into English and use that version for your kid. Examples: Giada de Laurentiis literally translated Giada into her little girl’s name Jade, and golfer Padraig Hamilton Anglicized his Irish appellation for his son Patrick’s name.
3. Drop your first initial, making your name more suitable for a daughter. Example: food guru Emeril Lagasse and his daughter Meril; in reverse, Vanna White pulled a variation by naming her daughter Giovanna.
8. Share a first syllable so you can have the same nickname. Example: Shaquille O’Neal plus his son Shaqir equals two Shaqs. The Will Smiths are the virtuosi of this syllable-sharing technique, adding a trans-gender flourish, with Will and daughter Willow and Jada and son Jaden (helping to popularize both names into the bargain).
9. Pick a name that’s in the same immediate family as your own. Helena Bonham Carter has a four-generational tradition of female names related to the name Helen: her grandmother was Hélène, her mother Elena, she of course is Helena, and she gave her daughter the Helen diminutive Nell.
12. Use one of your own adopted appellations. Named for the character Jaime Somers in the old TV show The Bionic Woman, actress-model Jaime King has been known variously as Jaime, Jamie and James. She chose the one most unequivocally male for her son James Knight.