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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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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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