Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Pieter Hoekstra

On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 07:43 PM, Ina Getzoff wrote:
This is typical of patronymic naming as occurred in some countries such as Netherlands (Holland) where surnames generally did not come into existence until 1811 by decree of Napoleon. Further, female babies may have been named after a male relative by feminising the name, adding letters such as "je" to the end of the male name. For instance Pieter(Pijter)/Piet becomes female Pietje (modern form is Petra).


I am Sephardic and it is an accepted custom to name new born babies for living relatives. Generally if the first born is a boy he will be named after his paternal grandfather. If the second child is a girl she will be named after her paternal grandmother. If there is another boy he will be named after his maternal grandfather and another girl will be named after her maternal grandmother. After that it is up to the parents who they may choose to honor with names of any additional children.

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