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LadyDelilah:What about using a middle name as a first name?
Exactly what I did. My dad passed away when I was 15. His middle name was Joseph (it is also my brother's middle name). Luckily, I also LOVE the name Joseph. I wasn't pressured at all to use the name Joseph, and it was my own idea.
The middle names that my husband and I have picked out for a boy and a girl are family names. We picked them because we loved the people so much that we wanted our children to carry their names.
The boy's middle name is after a step father who has passed.
The girl middle name is after my grandmother, great aunt, and mother who are still living.
Living or dead makes no difference to me. It's the *person* who counts.
Is there a weird line? In my opinion - no. An honor is a beautiful thing.
Middle name as a first name? Sure. Doesn't bother me. I don't get hung up on "You name them what you will call them."
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Idani:I'm generally a fan. I personally usually prefer to use the middle spot and give the child their own first name.
This is how I feel also.
We like it. DD's formal first name is after DH's grandmother.
If we ever have a 2nd DD, her first name would likely be a variation of my Nana's name.
This is what I will be doing. My own first name is a variation of my grandmother's first name, and I absolutely love having that connection to her. If you're going to pass along the name in the first name spot, I think a variation of the name is better than the same name.
I'm OK with recycling family names to honor the dead so long as it isn't painful to others in the child's life. Best t check this out with those involved.
I think it's weird when people smoosh or give multiple middles to honor multiple people- it reminds me of selling naming rights to a stadium.
I don't care for giving the name of a dead child to another child. I don't buy into gentiles claiming that a name with the same initial is really honoring someone, like naming your child Reilly and saying it's after grandma Regina. And I don't like naming after someone of questionable virtue.