In a message dated 8/5/2001 1:44:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< I understand that it is common for Jews to name their children after a
deceased relative that they were very fond of. Is it also true that it is
considered "bad luck" to name a child after a close, living relative? If
my ancestor named his child Philip, do I assume that his brother Philip
must've been deceased at that point? Would the father have given his child
the same name as his (the father's) brother? >>
==It has everything to do with honoring and (except in the minds of the
ignorant or supestitious) it has nothing to do with "bad luck."
==It is quite likely that both brother and son were named after the same
ancestor, e.g. the grandfather of the man's brother Philip and the ggf
of the son Philip.
OR . . the son Philip may be named after someone on his mother's side.
It is very common in my family to have uncles/nephews with the sasme name.
Michael Bernet, New York
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