(Closed) To Junior or Not to Junior

posted 10 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you name you child Junior?

    Yes, we both want to keep the name in the family.

    Yes, because my SO wants it that way.

    No, we both want to give our kids their own identities.

    No, my SO does not want any kids named after him.

    I have another answer, which I have described below.

    I have never thought about this.

    Neither of us has a preference.

    I have no preference.

    SO has no preference.

  • Post # 3
    5789 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Myn husband is a third too, and I hate it. My nephew also named his son after himself, and its so annoying to call a name and have several people turn around!

    Give your kids their own names, and use the other as a middle.

    Post # 5
    2161 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Not a fan at all. 

    Post # 6
    1551 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Juniors seem far less common than they used to.  Personally, I don’t like the tradition and I’d not do it.  I want my child to have his own name and identity. 

    Having said that, I did give my children family names as middle names.  But having a son have the exact same name as his father seems a bit much.  Does it make him closer to his father?  I don’t know, but I’d worry that a younger son would feel less than if his brother got his father’s name and he didn’t.

    And not to be a downer, but I have a friend whose husband felt strongly that their son should be a junior.  She reluctantly agreed (and in return, they decided she could name all future children.)  However, when their son was about a year old, she found out her husband was cheating on her and had taken out a credit card in HER name (he had bad credit) and had charged several thousand dollars to it…and missed payments. 

    They not surprisingly divorced, but now she is raising a son with the exact same name as the ex-husband she now cannot stand.  I know she is kicking herself for agreeing to a junior.

    Post # 7
    1813 posts
    Buzzing bee

    No, we both want to give our kids their own identities. :

    is what I put, but we actually put my maiden name as DS’s middle name, so that would invalidate it.  My DH has the same first name but different middle name from his dad, and it causes problems with credit, etc…bc they also have the same middle initial!  Since DH’s middle name is his mom’s maiden name, they can’t really say anything…though I think they are secretly annoyed that I never changed my name.  πŸ˜›

    Post # 8
    5669 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I do not want a junior or even my baby to have the same first name as DH! However DH wants his son to have the same first name as him. My DH, grandfather, father, his father, and his grandfather, all have the same name! I am a strong believer in children having their own name an independence and I really don’t want my son to have the same name as everyone around him. DH does know how I fell so we’ll see what happens when we find out we are having a boy.

    Post # 9
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    My husband’s a “II” and we do not want a “III.”  We’ll pass on our middle names, but our kids will have their own first names.  Neither of us wanted to do it because 1) it’s confusing enough with just two people with the same name! and 2)  neither of us feels strongly about passing on our first/full names.

    Post # 11
    3281 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Fiance told me if we have the first boy in the family we have to name him Charles. Thats my dogs name, so I am still not on board with that lol

    Post # 12
    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    My SO wants a junior so a junior he shall have…if the Lord sees fit to bless us with children. It will be baby jamaicabride II, instead of baby jamaicabride jr. though. I didn’t really have an opinion about it one way or the other so I don’t have a problem letting Fiance name his son after him. 

    Post # 13
    6571 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I’m Jewish, and it’s tradition to name our children after deceased family members, so we don’t do juniors. I never really thought about how I feel about it though, I think as long as you can use a cute nickname so nobody gets confused.

    Post # 14
    291 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We would actually have a FOURTH if when we have kids we have a boy first.  It’s a family name but they all go by different variations or nicknames to each have their own idenity. 

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