They Say: Naming Son ‘Junior’ Might Make Him Crazy

juniorMy husband is a junior — actually, a II — and never once in three rounds of baby-naming did we consider anointing a III.

It’s not that I’m opposed to naming sons after their fathers (though it can be a hassle — more on that in a second), but my husband’s name is Wayne and he, especially, would like that name just go away.

As I said, sharing names has its drawbacks.  Our credit records, social security stuff, mortgage histories and all that get frequently mixed up with our in-laws’. You’d think the social security numbers would keep all that separate, but no. Strangely, my husband’s and father-in-law’s name is very common yet only get confused with each other and not with the hundreds of other Americans with the same first, middle and last.

Finally, the psychological impact on Junior: Back when Seniors, Juniors, IIIs and IVs (ooooo, I know a IV — hey, Paul!) were naming traditions of the upper-crust, Ivy League schools were packed with them, one study done in the 1940s showed. Then, in the 70s, researchers realized mental institutions were filled with Juniors.

Interestingly, there weren’t many IIIs and IVs in the crazy house, leading researchers to conclude that it’s the name “Junior” — diminutive, in the shadow of, never fully  mature connotations and all that.

But whatever. Apparently fewer parents are naming sons after their fathers because we’re all hellbent on picking names that they don’t even share with their peers.

What do you think of name-sharing? Anybody go with Junior? Would you/did you  name your son (or daughter) after Dad (or Mom)? If so, what do you call them so that your husband doesn’t think he’s in trouble or vice-versa?

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