Way to honor my father

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Way to honor my father

I posted this on the Baby Names board but wanted some input here as well:

My father passed away suddenly about a month before we became pregnant. I like the idea of honoring him via my son's middle name (if I can get DH on board), however I know that my father did not really like his own first name. His name was Terrance which he did not like being called. He always went by Terry but I don't think I would just use that alone for a middle name. His middle name was John but we already have several Johns and a Jon in the family. My DH tends to like unique middle names so I don't know if a name that hints at my father's favorite hobbies (reading and traveling) or his profession (teacher) would also work. Any thoughts?

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I definitely think that it would be a great honor to your father for him to have an impact on your child's name.

If your dh doesn't want to use his name or middle name in the name what about the name of a character in your dads favorite book or something?

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**LURKER**

I wanted to honor my dad with my sons name. My dad's name is Kenneth. My husband has a son named after him so we already have a "Little Billy" at my house and I didn't really want a "Little Kenny" to add. My dad has always loved the name Andrew and had my sisters or I been a boy he wanted to go with Andrew. Alas he had all girls. So I am going to honor my dad by naming my son Ryan Andrew so he can have the Andrew he always wanted.

I think that picking a name for your fathers hobbies or what have you is a great way of honoring your father. Then you son will have a great story to tell about how he got his name.

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Always take my suggestions with a grain of salt, as sometimes I'm not even sure I'm serious, but:

Christopher, as in Christopher Columbus. He was quite the traveler...

Oh, I just saw that your husband wants a unique name.

Columbus! As in Christopher Columbus. He was quite the traveler...

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I should add, though, that I think it's a really nice thought. I'm sure that there is a unique name among travellers and writers; those are two wonderfully broad categories. It's also a very unique way to honour your father.

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I have been kind of obsessed with literary names for Baby #2!
My favorites:
Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird
Holden from Catcher in the Rye
Sebastian from a couple of Shakespeare plays
You could also use the first or last name of famous authors such as Dylan, Byron, Hemmingway, Tennyson, Salinger, Beckett, Frost. The list could go on forever.

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"clio" wrote:

Always take my suggestions with a grain of salt, as sometimes I'm not even sure I'm serious, but:

Christopher, as in Christopher Columbus. He was quite the traveler...

Oh, I just saw that your husband wants a unique name.

Columbus! As in Christopher Columbus. He was quite the traveler...

I appreciate your idea however I don't think we will be giving our son the middle name Christopher since I'm Christina and DH is Christopher. We were actually trying to steer away from "C" names altogether for that reason Wink

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*sigh* I tried...

Magellan?

........

All joking aside, I love all of the names that Jill suggested. It seems that you'll have tons to choose from if you go the literary route.

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:lurk:
I named all my kiddos after someone in my family...
My first has the middle name Logan which is as close to DH's middle name Morgan as he would let me get at the time.
My second is named after my deceased brother- his middle name was Lee so my second son's middle name is Lee.
My 3rd son's middle name is Morgan just like his Daddy...he was due the same day my hubby was when his mom was preggo with him...today he looks the most like his Dad...they could be twins..
My last and Only daughter is named after my MIL's deceased sister...who's middle name was Marie...I asked MIL first of course as she died tragically when mil was young right in front of her...she always wanted to name her child after her sister but had only boys...so she was thrilled I decided to do it.

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"AmayaNSugar" wrote:

I have been kind of obsessed with literary names for Baby #2!
My favorites:
Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird
Holden from Catcher in the Rye
Sebastian from a couple of Shakespeare plays
You could also use the first or last name of famous authors such as Dylan, Byron, Hemmingway, Tennyson, Salinger, Beckett, Frost. The list could go on forever.

Oooh, I like Holden! All of those are great though Smile

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"AmayaNSugar" wrote:

I have been kind of obsessed with literary names for Baby #2!
My favorites:
Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird
Holden from Catcher in the Rye
Sebastian from a couple of Shakespeare plays
You could also use the first or last name of famous authors such as Dylan, Byron, Hemmingway, Tennyson, Salinger, Beckett, Frost. The list could go on forever.

I am having a girl & I have been thinking about Harper. I just can't get SO on board. =/ He's never even read the book & I tried to get him to sit through the movie the other night & failed there too. lol. FAIL!