I am full Jewish, but come from a family that is not very religious. My father passed away mid June and I want to do something with my baby's name to honor him. I didn't know how it worked, so I was planning on using my Father's middle name (Mark) if we had a boy. (we are team green) I was talking to my Mom last night and she asked me if now my name plans had changed due to my father's passing. Then she said would you use it for a boy or a girl, and I said I can't use Mark for a girl. She seemed a little offended and said that is not how it works, you do not use the person's name, but you use the letter of their first name, which would be an R.
I had no idea! For a boy we are all set, we changed Eli Joseph to Eli Raymond, for a girl we really only like Rachel, but I prefer it as a middle, it unfortunately doesn't go with a few first names we like.
Just wondering if anyone had any insight to the Jewish traditions. Thanks!