Questions about honoring a family member
Honoring family members when naming a child is a big tradition in my family, but I have a few questions about it that I was hoping you guys might have opinions on.
1) When honoring a family member, is it unfair to use more names from one side of the family than another? We used my father-in-law's first name for our son's middle name, and we used my paternal grandmother's first name as my daughter's middle name. We are now expecting our third child, and we will be honoring a family member on my side with the middle name. I have 2 more namesakes I would like to use, 1 boy and one girl. However, the boy name happens to be the name of my paternal grandfather. I love both sides of my family equally and both namesakes were very important people in my life. For some reason I feel like I'm being rude by just honoring my dad's side of the family. Should I use the name, or pick a different one?
2) I was also wondering if theres ever a relative that's too distant to honor. I don't mean someone like my great-uncle's second cousin, but more along the lines of my great-grandmother, the baby's great-great grandmother. She passed away when I was very young, but she was extremely important to my mother. Do you think the connection is too distant, or does it work?
Sorry, I know that was kind of confusing. If you have any opinions and/or suggestions, I'd love to know!
Thu, 12/26/2013 - 6:28pm