What do you do when there aren't any good family namesakes?
What do you do when you love the idea of family namesakes, but your family isn't so great? There are some really great names in my extended family, but it seems like the more research I do, the less savory their characters are. It makes me sad that I seem to come from a long line (on both my mom and dad's side) of criminals, alcoholics, philanderers, and abusers, and I worry that going back further in time, where getting information is harder to obtain, I may accidentally honor someone whose bad reputation has been lost. The choice I've decided to make is simply to choose names not in my family tree, but I do mourn the loss of great names and the idea of family tradition.
My questions to you all are, what names have been ruined for you by a bad person? And how bad is bad enough to take a name that sounds wonderful completely off the table forever?
Thu, 05/03/2012 - 9:41pm