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Does Baby Make III for These Famous Juniors?

Does Baby Make III for These Famous Juniors?

This weekend’s father’s day had us thinking about dads of course, but we were thinking in particular of naming sons after their fathers. The Name Lady covered this topic a while back, and mentioned that this formerly common convention is falling from favor as people opt for unique names for their little ones.

While there have been a few famous sons named after their less-known dads, we wondered how many continued the naming tradition. Of the celeb Juniors we found it was a toss-up when it comes to keeping the name going.

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When Is a Junior Not a Junior?

My husband has his heart set on having a Jr. He believes it's a lost tradition. I don't LOVE his name, but I like it enough to pass on. But here's my dilemma: I don't want to have two Ryans in the house, nor do I want to call him "James" which would be his middle name. My husband's family calls him "Jamie," so that's out as well. I also have trouble with the fact that we'd like to give our children two middle names, yet a Junior would only have one. Could a child still be a Jr. if we kept his father's first and middle names, and gave him a unique second middle?
- Looking for a Compromise

For the middle names question, allow me to refer you to the 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States. That would be George Herbert Walker Bush and his son George Walker Bush -- not George Bush Jr.

Traditional namesake rules say that a Junior is an exact namesake, no adding and subtracting parts. That makes sense if you think of the purpose of the Jr. suffix as distinguishing between identically named family members.

This rule is simply a matter of custom, not law. 

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After the Loss of a Child, Can I Still Have a Junior?

I had a son who died at birth whom we named after my husband, with a "Jr." added to the end. My question is whether it's legal for us to name a future son the same exact name, including the Jr.? Would this cause problems, since my first son has a birth certificate in his name?
- Dreaming of Junior

My sympathies to you and your husband. A name that's associated with the loss of a child can be a painful reminder of hopes and futures unfulfilled. When the departed child is a namesake there can be an added sting, as the name symbolizes the family traditions that the child won't be able to carry on. It sounds like you and your husband are very attached to the idea of having a Junior. It must seem cruel to have to give up that dream. Is giving a new baby the exact same name as a brother who died legal? Yes. Is it common? No -- at least, not in modern America.

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New Baby Alert: Jimmie Johnson Chooses Name for "Baby J"

New Baby Alert: Jimmie Johnson Chooses Name for "Baby J"

The baby previously known as "Baby J" has a name. NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and wife Chandra took four days to name their new daughter, but finally settled on Genevieve Marie. Is Genevieve an unusual choice for someone in Johnson's profession?

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A Baby Named Cinco for Lance Armstrong?

Apparently, Lance Armstrong  is expecting Baby #5. (See this story at PEOPLE.com)  The seven-time Tour de France winner, cancer survivor, healthy-lifetsyle activist and well-known ladies man has three children (named Grace Elisabeth, Isabelle Rose and Luke David) with his former wife Kristen.  Baby "Cinco" 

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Dale Earnhardt on Being Named Junior

Dale Earnhardt on Being Named Junior

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. commented on the pitfalls and privileges of sharing a name with a famous dad in the same profession. (click here for more details). Earnhadt says that by following in his dad's footsteps, and sharing a name, he was popular before he ever did anything on the racetrack.  “The

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Initially Yours: Alonzo Mourning Spells "Junior" A.H.M

Naming after dad is a tradition that has been falling out of fashion for years.  NameCandy.com's Name Lady has previously addressed the pros and cons of naming your son Junior. One of the obvious cons of naming a baby after his dad is the potential naming inequity that could ensue when a second son is born.

Basketball great Alonzo Mourning and wife Tracy have come up with a clever solution to the problem. Alonzo himself is technically

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New Baby Alert: Lauren London and Lil Wayne Welcome Lennox Samuel Ari

New Baby Alert: Lauren London and Lil Wayne Welcome Lennox Samuel Ari

Rapper Lil Wayne (ne Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) and actress Lauren London welcomed a baby boy September 9, 2009. Lennox Samuel Ari Carter is a first child for London, and joins sister Reginae and brother Dwayne Michael III, Lil Wayne's

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