Is It Too Late For a Junior?
- Junior Perplexed
This question only sounds complicated. The answer is actually quite simple: Yes, your third son will be a "junior" if you give him his father's exact name. Any son named after his father is considered a junior, regardless of the order in which he appeared in his family.
You're right that juniors are typically first-born sons, but that's not a requirement. It's just the common practice, since most American families with the inclination to have a junior go for it right off the bat. Not all traditions approach namesakes that way, though. For instance, certain cultures have a set order for family names in which the first son is named after his paternal grandfather, the second after his maternal grandfather, and the third after his dad.
Making a younger son the junior can even offer advantages. The first-born son is, well, first. He's the oldest, the biggest, the first to be granted the privileges and responsibilities of growing up. If he's also dad's namesake, that can contribute to the impression that he's in the power seat. A younger junior helps even the brotherly playing field.
On the downside, as your sons grow up, acquaintances may well assume junior is the eldest. That needn't be a source of strife as long as you can satisfactorily answer the question: Why junior now?
Perhaps your older sons bear the names of their grandfathers or other important figures in your lives. Or perhaps the experience of being a father inspired your husband to want to pass on even more of his traditions to his sons. There are plenty of valid reasons to name a younger son after his father, and you should be prepared to offer one.
A final consideration is the way your three boys' names will fit together. Your son's name shouldn't set him apart from his siblings, regardless of namesakes. Will Junior be an Edward? Then I hope his siblings are Robert and James, rather than Braxton and Jace. If you keep the idea of sibling fairness in mind—that each brother's name has equal love and deliberation behind it and a similar kind of style—there shouldn't be a problem with brother number three taking what's usually the top name slot.