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iVillage.com: What Your Baby's Name Says About You

Family Names

What It Says About You: Many parents who use a family name are trying to honor someone who was important in their lives -- so sweet! Often, parents name their baby after someone who has died. "Not only is it a way of keeping a family name in the family, in a way, it keeps the relative alive," says Alper. It’s also a great way of giving the new generation a connection to an ancestor they will never meet. In the case of juniors, it’s about a strong desire to carry on your lineage (and in extreme cases, it can get kinda narcissistic -- just look at pro boxer George Foreman, who named all five of his sons George!) Ultimately, parents who pick family names reveal a traditional streak -- and the belief that family is what truly matters.

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