HELP - possible alternative to honor Wayne

My husband’s grandfather ([name]Wayne[/name]) died 1 day before we found out about our pregnancy.

If the baby is a boy, we thought it might be nice to give him a middle name that would honor Grandad [name]Wayne[/name]. However, I don’t think either one of us [name]LOVE[/name] his name to begin with. What are the rules about honoring a person with a similar-sounding name? ARE there any similar sounding names or W names for boys?

Also, [name]Wayne[/name]'s middle name was [name]LeRoy[/name], so that doesn’t give us a ton of help either. :slight_smile:

First name for the new baby would be [name]Desmond[/name].

Our last name is 4 syllables long and starts with B.

[name]Hi[/name]! [name]How[/name] about:

[name]Desmond[/name] [name]Roy[/name] (instead of [name]LeRoy[/name])
[name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wesley[/name]
[name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wyatt[/name]
[name]Desmond[/name] [name]William[/name]
[name]Desmond[/name] [name]Walter[/name]
[name]Desmond[/name] [name]Walker[/name]

What a wonderful idea!

Inspired by [name]Wayne[/name]:
[name]Duke[/name] (from [name]John[/name] [name]Wayne[/name]–this may be a stretch)

Inspired by [name]LeRoy[/name]:
[name]Ryan[/name] ([name]LeRoy[/name] means king and [name]Ryan[/name] means little prince–I know a father/son with these names)
[name]Landry[/name] (means ruler)
[name]Laszlo[/name] (also means ruler, maybe too much of a stretch)
[name]Royce[/name] (means prince as well)
[name]Rory[/name] (means king)

Good luck!

My Pop was a [name]Wayne[/name]! He hated his name though, so we kids wouldn’t use it if someone paid us to…

But that’s not your problem!
From previous suggestions, I like: [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Roy[/name]
[name]Desmond[/name] [name]Duke[/name] ( I love the alliteration!)
There’s also [name]Royal[/name] as an elaboration of [name]Roy[/name]. [name]Royal[/name] was my Ggreat Uncle’s name, went by [name]Roy[/name]. shrug sounds kind of neat with [name]Desmond[/name].

If my Pop had liked his name, I probably would have used it in the middle somewhere (we do two middles). And that would be that. But [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wayne[/name] doesn’t really dance does it? I do rather like the homey feel of [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wayne[/name], but if you don’t, [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Roy[/name] or [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Royal[/name] would probably be your best bet.

Good luck! :smiley:

I can’t believe I forgot [name]Royal[/name]! I know a little boy named [name]Royal[/name] and I think it’s just the coolest name. Goes well with [name]Desmond[/name] too.

Husband really loves [name]Wyatt[/name]! [name]Do[/name] you think that’s close enough to [name]Wayne[/name] to be a tribute?

And do [name]Desmond[/name] and [name]Wyatt[/name] “go” together?

[name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wyatt[/name] is fantastic. I think that [name]Wyatt[/name] is similar enough to [name]Wayne[/name]. It has a similar sound and letters. Good [name]Luck[/name]!

[name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wyatt[/name] is fantastic and yes, I think it’s close enough to [name]Wayne[/name] to be considered honoring! :smiley:

[name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wyatt[/name] goes really well as a combo. I think this would be a good choice. I think in this case the tribute is less of the sound and more of the ‘W’ and I think that is the perfect way to remember him.


Thank you everyone!

I’m glad you like the suggestion of [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wyatt[/name] - a very handsome name that honors your DH’s grandfather. :slight_smile:

Sorry for the recent loss. Congratulations on the upcoming baby! Wonderful to honor [name]Wayne[/name] with him.

I like [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wyatt[/name]! It’s definitely close enough to [name]Wayne[/name], it shares three letters, not just starting with W. Also, [name]Wayne[/name] makes me think of [name]John[/name] [name]Wayne[/name], and [name]Wyatt[/name] is definitely a “Western” kind of name to me. Definitely a great option! Are you set on it?

If not, I want to suggest [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Ewan[/name] for your consideration - it uses 4 of the 5 letters, has a w-a-n sequence, and retains some of the Irish/Celtic feeling of [name]Desmond[/name]. [name]Ewan[/name] refers to the yew tree, which has a fascinating history and a lot of different cultural significances - if you read up on it (and if Wikipedia is accurate!), you’ll see that in at least a culture or two it has uses in honoring those who have passed away.

All best as you choose the name!

Thanks for the suggestion. [name]Ewan[/name] is definitely a cool idea, but I’m not sure I like the flow of [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Ewan[/name] B__________ as much as I like [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wyatt[/name] B__________. Also, his initials would be [name]DEB[/name]…could that lead to teasing? I have no idea…

[name]How[/name] about [name]Twain[/name]? [name]Wayne[/name] is definately in there and it something different. [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Twain[/name] B_________, not sure how well it may flow with you last name though.

[name]Glad[/name] you liked the [name]Ewan[/name] idea at least in theory!

[name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wyatt[/name] seems to be holding its place, and it’s definitely great : D.

I personally wouldn’t worry too much about the initials, although I didn’t think of that. [name]DEB[/name] isn’t a bad word or anything, and I’m not sure how aware kids would be of the name [name]Deborah[/name] at this point in time (and then by the time he’s an adult, teasing isn’t an issue as much any more). [name]Ewan[/name] also has about 6,000 other spellings, I think some with I and Y (DIB and DYB?), if you’d consider them.

But, I would say that more strongly if you loved the combo [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Ewan[/name]. If you’re more on the fence about it and prefer something that doesn’t have initials spelling [name]DEB[/name], like the awesome [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wyatt[/name], then sure, it makes sense to go with that : D.

If my suggestion makes you love [name]Desmond[/name] [name]Wyatt[/name] all the more, then I’m glad to have helped in that way : D!

Best wishes!