Hello from an extra emotional mum to be.. My Dh passed away 2 months ago, so I'm very anxious about naming our baby without his help. He was called Edward (I'll prob nn ds Ted) but I wonder would people frown upon naming our son that while things are so raw? And obvs with the Edward Heath headlines.... Don't want our son feeling he has big shoes to fill but at the same time I can't think of a name that means as much.. Tia x
Edward is a lovely name, and I can't think of a better one for your little boy. It will be very special for both you and him, to name him for his Daddy. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks or says - do what feels right for you. And as for the headlines - they will be forgotten in a matter of days or weeks, and certainly won't be relevant by the time your son is old enough to know anything about it.
(Declaration of interest: I have a DS Edward aka Eddie / Ed / 'Dward etc!)
I have an Edward (although he's known by a nickname) and have had nothing but positive comments about the name. It's ace <biased>
I'm so sorry for your loss. I think it's a very fitting tribute and nobody would associate your Edward with a long-gone politician whatever the headlines, given your particular circumstances. James/Jimmy is just as popular as it ever was, after all.
Edward is a fine name, enduring popular and classic enough not to be immediately, or only, identified with the politician. It wouldn't be at all risky to use and would be a fitting tribute to your dh. Heath on the other hand (which has featured in a couple of recent threads) others have advised against...
Very sorry to hear about your loss. It must be a very difficult time for you.
I think it would be a lovely tribute to name your little boy after his father if you are comfortable with that.
I have a little Edward and have had nothing but positive comments about it, there is great nn potential for your child when he's older and you can find positive and negative associations with any name. Your child will define the name as his own individual identity.
Naming your DS after his father would be a lovely tribute.
I wouldn't worry about the Edward Heath stuff either. Edward's a long established name, and there are a multitude of other famous Edward's, both real and fictional, so I don't think anyone is going to hear "Edward" and automatically think of Edward Heath.