Naming our baby after my husbands name?

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Im due in 8wks and my husband is keen to call bubs Craig Jnr after himself, im not totally sure that I like this idea as I like the idea of individuality - I have told him Im not sure bout this so he is leaving it up to me to decide but im not sure what to do - any suggestions or advice.

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Linda - posted on 07/09/2009

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My husband has his fathers name and it causes more confusion than anything I know. Insurances confuse them, prescriptions get messed up. Worst one was when my husband went to withdraw $3000 out of our account w/o the account #. The bank used his name and withdrew it from my father in laws account. So u can call them something different but by all legal matters it can be very confusing.

User - posted on 07/09/2009

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I was married 2x's. Had a son with each hubby. Named them their daddy's name.

Casey - posted on 07/09/2009

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I did not give my hubby a choice the first born son was a junior but we called him RJ, he is now 18 and insists on Russ which can get confusing but I wouldn't have it any other way

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Joy - posted on 04/29/2011

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My husband when i was pregnant with my first son, my husband want to call him David Carl after his dad because in his family it was tradition to continue the name of the grandfAther,as you can imagine my husband continue called the little one baby david well I am into individuality myself, and i feel like a child grows into their name. So we decided to call my son Kadyn, after no one and he really is his own guy...My husband got over the idea real fast and in a HURRY with our future children... but also just to let you know you can find your own form of a certain name but would be individually your sons. for example :Addison is a form of Adam

Ruth - posted on 07/10/2009

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We had two children, and have given them both their own names. Our son's name was Aizijah Kenneth Tamakehu - Aizijah was his own name, Kenneth was after my grandfather and Tamakehu is my husbands (and his grandfathers) name. My daughter is Hyraani Courtney Te Raukahikatea Kareti. Hyraani - her own name, Courtney after my sister-in-law (and who is her godmother) and Te Rau... is a family name from my side. This way they have their own identity but also have a family link to both sides, plus a link to both our cultures.

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We tried very hard to avoid all family names for our daughter so that her name was completely her own (we failed she has the same name as two of her great grandmas)! I know one family who have the tradition of using the fathers name as the sons middle name which is quite nice. It could also provide a nice compromise for for the two of you.

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For several months we thought our son was going to be Jeffrey Jr and call him JJ. Actually, we had that name in mind for many years, only to change our mind about 4 weeks before he was born! My son has 2 middle names, and the first one is Jay. Nothing wrong at all using your husband's first name as your son's middle name.

Savannah - posted on 07/09/2009

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My husband was very sure that he wanted to name our first son after him. I wasn't too keen on the idea myself, mostly because I'm not the big of a "Thomas" fan. I don't even call my husband that. From the first day I met him, I called him Izzy. I also like the idea of individuality, calling my kiddo a junior is just not really what I wanted to do, considering my father was Nicholas Edward Fugok III, I thought I would rather my kid be named for himself.

So we did this: Hubby's name is Thomas Colt. I really liked the Colt, but not enough to name my son that. So we compromised with Coltan. This way he is still named after his father but still has "his own" name, as well.

Heather - posted on 07/09/2009

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I have a line starting my FIL is Robert Paul, he didn't want his son to be a jr. but was adamant about him having the same name so they named him Robert Paul II. Until my husband went into elementary school he was Bobby, now him and his father both go by Robert....it can be a little confusing....my son who just turned 1 is Robert Paul III.....we call him Bobby now and when he is old enough we will let him choose if he wants to be called Robert or another nick name....I was not excited about the idea either, but to see my 3 R's together and call Robert and see all of them turn is an amusing and heart warming situation...plus the fact that my son is the first born son of an only son of an only son....just to see the pride my husband has in his son being blessed with his name is great.

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use part of your husbands name for your son. be it his first name as a middle name or his middle name as first or middle. we used my husbands middle for our sons middle since it covered a bunch of other people in the family too. and husband didn't want a jr.

Leigh - posted on 07/09/2009

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My husbands name is Louis (it's french so don't pronounce the s), his fathers name was Louis, his grandfathers name was Louis etc for 7 generations, so when I fell pregnant with my son (didn't know if he was going to be a boy) my MIL asked if we could name him Louis but we could call him by his middle name which was all right by me, but when he was born, he looked like a Louis so he got baby Louis & my husband was just Louis. The only time it's been funny is when there were 4 Louis in one room & I called one of them, & everyone laughed because apparently by my 'tone', my husband knew straight away that I wanted him. My brother in law his Arthur & he's called his son A.J after him. It's the being that makes them an individual, not their names.

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its so naff. seriously there are hundreds of great names out there, how about some imagination. My great uncle called his son john, he wsa john, so was his dad and one of his nephews. Dont let your husband pressure you into using his name. Its not like you can make a nickname easliy from craig, eg I know of someone who was robert and his son was robbie. So same name but they could be called by different things.

another question, would you be happy calling your child jr? wouldnt you like to call your child a name that is current.

My son is named after his great grandpa, my dp wanted to use his first name and LO first name but it was seriously dated and great nanny said-i knew my husband as him, he was his own person so its better this way, so we named him and switched all his middle names as the first name

Lynn - posted on 07/09/2009

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I don't really go for two of the same name in a family - it can be very confusing and frustrating. There are several Michaels in my extended family, and we have to use Mike, big Mikey and Mikey to clarify who's who. I like the idea of the middle name honouring someone in the family - like Dad or Grandpa or an Uncle. My son's middle name is the same as his father's. If you are not sure about it, speak up. A name is forever.

Nicole - posted on 07/09/2009

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Yes, Craig as a middle name is perfect! My son's middle name is Nicholas after me, and the next one we have, whether boy or girl, will have either my husband's or SIL's name as their middle name. I don't like the idea of too many people in the same family having the same name, too confusing!

User - posted on 07/09/2009

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We named our first born son the same name as my husband but he has a different middle name. My husband goes by his middle name; he has ever since I've known him and so does my son.

User - posted on 07/09/2009

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I agree with the middle name maybe as Craig. My brother named his son after him. and it was so confusing that the son only goes by Junior to make it easier. Do you want your son to be called Junior would be the real question.

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How about using Craig as the middle name? I believe in individuality too and you don't want your son being called junior because it's too confusing having two Craig's in the house. People will try to come up with nicknames to try to distinguish the child from the father. Using his name as a middle name would be a nice compromise. Good luck and best wishes with your baby.

September - posted on 07/09/2009

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Do what you feel is right. I like the idea of individuality too! I think that your Husband will be understanding of your choice :) Good luck!

User - posted on 07/09/2009

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I'm not a fan of the whole "Junior" etc. thing myself...luckily my husband wasn't a fan of it either. We had a somewhat similar issue though because my husband took my last name when we married, but still wanted our son to still have something of his family. DH has his own father's first name as a middle name. At first, we considered just giving LO the same middle name...but I wasn't keen on that because of some inlaw issues. We ended up settling on using DH's first name as LO's middle name...so sort of continuing the same thing.



So if your DH would like to give your LO part of his name, how about using "Craig" as LO's middle name?

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