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Re: [SCJ-PARENTING] Naming baby the same as a living relative?

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Cyndi Norman

Oct 23, 2005, 6:29:48 PM10/23/05
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 10:50:09 -0400

The dilemma is that my 19-yr old cousin was named after him
too. (He actually goes by Henry, not Hank.) So the question we cant seem
to figure out is whether its ok to name him after my grandfather, or
whether the custom of not naming a baby after a living relative would
apply. Obviously, we would be naming him after my grandfather, not my
cousin, but...I just don't know. I have read conflicting opinions on
this, and my mother said that her father actually had several first
cousins with the same name, as they were all named after the same,
deceased great-grandfather or grandmother, so she doesn't think it's a
problem. My cousin also said it would be fine. That all said, I would
love to know what others think.

If your families have no problems with it and your cousin especially is
fine with it, it seems okay to me to name more than one living child after
the same dead relative. They'll be called different things and have
different middle names at least.

My 4 month old was named after my grandma, who died in 1995. It was an
easy decision though in part because no one else in the family is a Miriam.

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Cyndi Norman

Oct 30, 2005, 9:43:29 AM10/30/05
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