(Closed) A dying wish and naming your baby…

posted 9 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you name your child after someone because it was their last wish?
    Yes, that's the right thing to do : (4 votes)
    2 %
    No, that's creepy : (33 votes)
    18 %
    It depends on the name...if it's normal, yes, if it's strange or unpopular, no : (32 votes)
    17 %
    It depends on the person...if I loved them, yes, if I kinda liked them, no or maybe : (103 votes)
    55 %
    Other (and I'll comment below) : (16 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 17
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    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I wouldn’t. I don’t find it creepy, I just wouldn’t. I’m the type that would probably absolutely not consider it (even if it was a contender before the request) because it’s such an absurd thing to ask someone!

    Post # 18
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    it would depend on the name AND the person to me.

    I’m not going to stick my daughter with a name like Edna, no matter how much I love my grandma (no, Edna isn’t my g’ma’s real name, but she does have a definite old lady name – no offense intended to any Ednas out there). I’m also not going to name my child after some random relative.

    Post # 19
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    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I think it would really depend on the person, because I don’t feel like a person who would want that to be their last wish would be a person that I wouldn’t want to honor with naming a child after them. So I probably would, almost everyone in my family has a middle name that is in honor of an older relative so it’s not really that odd to me, but nobody has ever requested that a child be named after them. My little sisters middle name was picked right after my great aunt lost a child in honor of her.

    Post # 20
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    13563 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    Depends on so many things: who the person is, what the name is, etc. And it may end up being a middle name.

    Post # 21
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    2004 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    I think it would be more likely that the person would ask you to name the child after someone else as their dying wish, like their spouse. Still, I am not sure I would do it! Maybe as a middle name.

    Post # 22
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    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think its super selfish to ask anyone else to name their child after you! (especially on your deathbed…what a guilt-trip!)

    I might say I would to make their last moments better, but I wouldn’t do it, unless we already had liked that name for our child.

    Post # 23
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    966 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Name and person matter.  I’m torn about naming my son Charlie (well, Charles, but definitely using the nickname Charlie.)  It’s the name of an old friend who died when I was 13, at the age of 102 – he’d served in both world wars, and befriended me when I was six.  Really cool guy.  However, it’s also the name of my psycho ex (Charles).  Maybe, since my guy vetoed Rebecca (my mom’s name and his sister’s name), I could use Charlotte as my back up girls’ name…  

    Post # 24
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    1184 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    FI’s grandmother (who he was really close to) asked him to name his [hypothetical] son (btw, he was single at the time–this was years before i was around) after her husband right before she died. i’m not a huge fan of the name but we have discussed that we will use an americanized version of the name as a middle name. to me, using it as a middle name is good compromise–you fulfill the promise without having to call your child a name you don’t like.

    Post # 25
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    572 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    That’s pretty ballsy to even request that in the first place and rude.

    I would say “We’ll see.”  You aren’t saying yes and you aren’t saying on.

    Post # 26
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    2271 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Maybe as a middle name…

    Post # 28
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    1220 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    There is no way.  I wouldn’t and couldn’t do that.

    Post # 29
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    5151 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I guess it would depend on how exactly they asked and how the whole situation played out. That and of course how close we were to them and the name.

    Post # 30
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    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    If its your mother, father, best friend or someone very close to you I would do it.  Otherwise they might become a middle name.

    Post # 31
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    1418 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think it definitely depends on the person and what your relationship with them is.  I could see using it for a middle name if you don’t really love it as a first name though.

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