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What do you think about naming a boy after his Dad?

(99 Posts)
PizzaHerbs Tue 26-Sep-17 16:30:15

Just wondering. If I have a boy I know dh would like this and I like his name but would he be forever xxxjunior?

Has anyone done this?

KadabrasSpoon Tue 26-Sep-17 16:32:42

Some family members have. It could get confusing when older and receiving post if it's the exact same name?

Justmuddlingalong Tue 26-Sep-17 16:35:49

I think it's conceited, lazy and unimaginative. And I say that as someone who's DB is named after our DDad.

HoratioNightboy Tue 26-Sep-17 16:37:13

I know loads who have done this; it's very traditional here.

Only one of the children is known as "wee XXX" to distnguish them for the parent XXX. The rest just use a different version of the name, e.g. Jimmy and Jamie, Rab and Bobby, Bill and Will, etc.

DiegoMadonna Tue 26-Sep-17 16:38:48

I wouldn't do it but I don't hate it. It's not exactly unusual either.

PlatformNineAndThreeQuarters Tue 26-Sep-17 16:39:08

Wouldn't do it myself but loads of people seem happy with it. Isn't Eminem Marshall Mathers III

PizzaHerbs Tue 26-Sep-17 16:40:25

I wonder if being known a weexxx or littlexxx would have an impact on their confidence.

Why conceited just?

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 26-Sep-17 16:40:29

Give him his own name. Use it as a middle name.

I think e.g James Junior as a permanent name is awful.

It could possibly work with two separate nicknames for the name i.e. Jamie and Jim.

Other than that it's not great.

Out2pasture Tue 26-Sep-17 16:40:32

I think it’s fine until someone researchs the family tree. Man such a pain in the neck...but it won’t be your problem.

BertrandRussell Tue 26-Sep-17 16:40:57

i love family names. But I come from Italian/Irish stock where it's more usual. Dd has my mother's and her great grandmother's names as second and third names, and ds has one grandfather's name as first and the other's as second. The first name is one I love, or it would have been second and third and another name as first, like dd.

confused123456 Tue 26-Sep-17 16:41:20

I don't like it personally.

Viviennemary Tue 26-Sep-17 16:42:18

It used to happen a lot years ago. But I thought it had gone a lot less popular now. It's up to the individual but IMHO I don't think it's a good idea. Fine for a middlename though. Why make life complicated.

BenLui Tue 26-Sep-17 16:43:55

It might depend on the name. If it’s something like Alexander where one can be Sandy and one can be Alec that’s probably ok.

More difficult if it’s John Junior, wee John or Young John I expect.

I might be more inclined to use it as a middle name and give the child their own identity.

Fantspants Tue 26-Sep-17 16:44:08

As someone who works in car insurance there's nothing more annoying than a father and son etc with the same name as if other insurers don't upload details properly you don't know if you're looking at a claim for the father or son, it causes all kinds of problems

danTDM Tue 26-Sep-17 16:45:04

I live in Spain and it is the norm and not conceited at all.

I know so many children in DD's school who are named after their parents. Probably 75%

Estela and her mama Estela
Edu and his father Edu
Salva and his father Salva

etc ad infinitum, it is very traditional.

If you like the name go for it.

The junior business is rank and American!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 26-Sep-17 16:47:50

It does sound conceited to me.

You're not naming a child in fondness for a much loved relative. You're naming it after your much loved self.

Chrisinthemorning Tue 26-Sep-17 16:48:13

DH has his Dad's name as his middle name and we did the same with DS. TBH we found boys names tricky and weren't feeling particularly imaginative. I do love DS name though as his first and middle names scan nicely both alone and with our surname and his initials are OK too, they don't spell anything unfortunate.
It was traditional back in the day but we wouldn't have named DS the same as DH though, too confusing -and we had more imagination that that!

BewareOfDragons Tue 26-Sep-17 16:49:11

I can't stand it, personally. I think children should have their own names and in particular would never name a child after a living relative.

I especially hate it when men's families pressure women to name a baby after its father and argues it's their tradition, totally discounting what the mom might want for their child or her own family's traditions. Because obviously, only 'their' traditions and desires count, right? Ugh.

crispsahoy Tue 26-Sep-17 16:49:15

I have. My DH's first name is the same as his df's. But he uses his middle name. Most people don't know his name isn't his actual name.
We have done the same for our ds. His first name is same as dfil and DH but is known by his middle name which is our chosen name.

No idea why mil and fil did it with DH but since neither are with us any more it meant a lot to DH to carry it on.

ShizzleYoDrizzle Tue 26-Sep-17 16:51:31

I'd think 'egotistical' or 'unimaginative'.

ShizzleYoDrizzle Tue 26-Sep-17 16:52:27

I mean, could Wayne Rooney Sr really not think of a better name for his son than Wayne?

LilithTheKitty Tue 26-Sep-17 16:55:39

I know it's traditional in some places but I find it really weird. I wouldn't name my daughter after myself. Would you? And if you wouldn't, but would name a bit after his father, why the difference?

PizzaHerbs Tue 26-Sep-17 17:00:03

I wouldnt name a dd after me, no!
It's tradition in his family but I'm not 100%. Maybe it'll be a girl grin

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 26-Sep-17 17:00:28

My nephew is named after his dad.
They're a family of Richards (Richies) going back over the generations.

ArcheryAnnie Tue 26-Sep-17 17:02:32

I like family names - eg naming someone after an aunt or a grandparent. But I have to admit I really do judge men who name their sons after themselves - it looks so egoistic. (I don't think I've ever known any women who've named their daughters after themselves.)

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