Naming a boy after his father is a familiar tradition, even if we don’t see it quite as often these days. Why do parents do it? Well, carrying on family history is one reason. Asserting Dad’s great qualities is another, and that’s cool. But what about acknowledging Mom’s awesomeness as well, by naming your child after yourself?
It’s true that the popularity of naming boys after their dads is declining in American culture, according to NBC news. Not to mention studies show that naming a child after his father is more likely to happen in areas that are known to have “honor cultures,” in which “men are usually expected to be brave, strong and aggressive in defense of their families.” Perhaps it's time to redefine “honor culture” by acknowledging that mothers are just as honorable as fathers.
Some concerns you might have about this practice is the child who is referred to as Junior. Although this isn’t solely a male thing (daughters can be juniors, too), you might be wondering if it's worth going through the trouble of giving your baby your name only to have it turned into Junior. Well, when you’re using your own name as inspiration, Junior won’t apply unless the the first, middle, and last name is exactly the same as yours. And if your baby-to-be is a boy, you can still make him your namesake with a little ingenuity.
Still not convinced to name your child after yourself? Here are some solid reasons why you should consider naming your child after you.