Baby Name Junior: 13 ways to name your baby after yourself without using the J-word
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.
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on April 29th, 2014 at 7:54 am
I had two young students in one of my smaller classes. One boy was Earnest (Jr) and the other was Vernon (Jr). Let’s just say their surnames were Smith and Jones. Vernon said to Earnest, “Man, you must be my cousin.” Earnest replied, “I don’t think we’re cousins.” Vernon said, “Yeah, but we’re both named Junior.”
on April 29th, 2014 at 9:31 am
My daughter’s name is Cates, which is my husband’s middle name, and his grandmother’s maiden name. He really wanted to pass it on, since there are no more men with that surname in the family. I thought it was a nice way to honor both him and his grandmother, without being super obvious.
on April 29th, 2014 at 10:31 am
I think its very selfish and egocentrical to name a kid after youself. He already shares your last name…
on April 29th, 2014 at 1:51 pm
Courteney Cox’s daughter is named after her nickname in school. She was going to use her name, Courteney, but she couldn’t because of David’s religion.
With that said, I like the idea that Helena Bonham Carter carried on the naming tradition. I personally wouldn’t do it though
on April 30th, 2014 at 9:51 pm
I adopted the pen name Umbra as a child, and named my daughter Ombeline, meaning ‘of Umbria.’
on June 18th, 2017 at 4:19 pm
I love the idea of naming your child after a family member without being too obvious. My maiden name means farmer, which shares meaning with George and Georgia; my grandmother’s middle name was the German name Heinz, which is Henry in English. I don’t think it’s at all egotistical or selfish, as someone else commented. I think it’s a lovely tradition.
on December 10th, 2017 at 11:53 pm
We kind of took a different route using name meaning with our oldest. Both my father and my FIL are, by nature, nonconformists, hubby and I both loved the name Maverick and since the meaning is “nonconformists, wildly independent” it works well as a kind of honor name!
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