Honoring grandfather. . . creatively?

Hi Berries, I posted about this a while ago, but I’m still not sure how I want to go about honoring my grandfather with one of my potential children’s names.

His name was Vernon “Vern”.

The tradition in my family is to honor dead relatives by using the first letter of their name. I’d mostly choose to name a girl after him because I’m pickier when it comes to boy names, but for this post, I’ll consider both.

For V names I’d consider Vera and Violet, but I don’t love either of them.

So, I was thinking I may break with tradition and choose something more creative, which leaves me with a few options.

Fern - I love this name, but does it properly honor a Vern?

OR I could go the meaning route.

Vernon means “place of alders”. So I could use the name Alder (for a boy) or another name with the meaning of alder.

What are your thoughts? Should I stick with a V name or go with Fern, Alder, or some other name with the same meaning? If you have other suggestions for V names or other names meaning alder, please let me know!

TIA :white_heart:


I love [name_u]Fern[/name_u] and [name_u]Alder[/name_u] and all the things you think.


The names [name_u]Fern[/name_u] and [name_u]Alder[/name_u] are very cute. If you want to be creative and break the tradition, i think it is okay, as the names still derive from your grandfather’s, you still honour him in a way😊

Your V names are very cute.

Here are some of my favourite V names:

[name_f]Vasiliki[/name_f] “Valia” : meaning royal

I think you should use a name starting with v only if you really like it.
Another thing you could do is use a v name and [name_u]Fern[/name_u] or [name_u]Alder[/name_u] as a middle name.
But if you don’t like v names it is okay to use meaning names, as i said before :grinning:


I think honor names are very personal. For me [name_u]Alder[/name_u] & [name_u]Fern[/name_u] are great ways to honor a [name_u]Vern[/name_u].


[name_u]Fern[/name_u] seems like a very straight-forward honour name! It’d be a lovely choice. [name_u]Alder[/name_u] also works - I like ‘subtle’ honour names where what matters is that you know that it’s honouring your grandfather. That said, if you’d like it to be more obvious to others who knew him, I wouldn’t do [name_u]Adler[/name_u]. It’s up to your personal approach to honour names!

I don’t exactly know your style, so I’ll just copy-paste all the V names from my list, maybe something will inspire you!

girls: veronica, venezia, virginia, victoria, victoire, victorine, violetta, vivica, verity, valentine, violaine, victrice, viola, vesper, vienna, vera, vida, vianne, visnja

boys: valentine, vincent, vincenzo, victor, viggo, vaughn

-non names could also work, I think! [name_f]Manon[/name_f], [name_u]Lennon[/name_u] and [name_f]Rhiannon[/name_f] come to mind.


Other V names:

  • [name_u]Valentine[/name_u]
  • [name_f]Vanessa[/name_f]
  • [name_f]Venetia[/name_f]
  • [name_f]Vera[/name_f]
  • [name_f]Verity[/name_f]
  • [name_f]Veronica[/name_f]
  • [name_f]Viola[/name_f]
  • [name_u]Virgil[/name_u]
  • [name_u]Vivian[/name_u]

[name_u]Fern[/name_u] is lovely, and quite close to [name_u]Vern[/name_u]. A sweet and clever honour.

[name_u]Alder[/name_u] would work, but I don’t like its sound. Too close to elder.

How about [name_u]Delaney[/name_u]? It’s gender-neutral and means “from the alder grove”.


[name_u]Fern[/name_u] is very pretty! :heart_eyes: I also love the name, but if you wanted to use a V name you could use…

I also really like [name_f]Violet[/name_f], I think she is very pretty. :purple_heart:
But just do the name that makes your heart happiest. As that is the most important thing! :star_struck:


I think [name_u]Fern[/name_u] is perfect! It might not honor him the way your family traditionally does, but I don’t think they would mind. Plus, that is more obviously close to [name_u]Vern[/name_u] than most V names would be anyway :slight_smile:

I think [name_u]Alder[/name_u] would be cool too!


Both [name_u]Fern[/name_u] and [name_u]Alder[/name_u] are cool! [name_u]Fern[/name_u] was actually my first thought when I read that his name was [name_u]Vernon[/name_u] ‘Vern’! It’s close enough that it makes sense as a clear honor, but it’s not the exact name, which can be confusing! Plus, I also love [name_u]Fern[/name_u] for a boy! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


[name_u]Fern[/name_u] for a [name_u]Vern[/name_u] is very cool - plus, [name_u]Fern[/name_u] shares that nature-y meaning :slight_smile: I love [name_u]Fern[/name_u]

[name_u]Alder[/name_u] is very cool, rugged, friendly and charming - a great idea :slight_smile:

A few other options that came to mind (sorry if I’ve recommended these previously):



my first thought as fern! so i love that as an option, i think it’s a great way to honor a vern. alder definitely works too!


I also found that Touska / Tooska is a feminine Persian name meaning [name_u]Alder[/name_u] :blush:

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[name_u]Fern[/name_u] and [name_u]Alder[/name_u] are both great ideas! I think [name_u]Fern[/name_u] in particular goes really well with your other girls - I could totally picture her as a sister to [name_f]Ida[/name_f] or [name_f]Esther[/name_f]! Ik you said you don’t love it, but I think [name_f]Vera[/name_f] fits well, too.

For other options, my first thought was [name_m]Ernest[/name_m]! Also, here are some more v names (sorry for any repeats!):

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When I started reading your post, [name_u]Fern[/name_u] immediately came to mind! I think both [name_u]Fern[/name_u] and [name_u]Adler[/name_u] are perfect ways to honor [name_u]Vern[/name_u]. It may be different from the way your family typically honors, but I think that’s fine! The “honor” is still there no matter how you get to it and whether it starts with a V or not. I agree with @Audreymb that [name_u]Fern[/name_u] is closer related to [name_u]Vern[/name_u] than say [name_f]Violet[/name_f] or [name_f]Vera[/name_f].

Other V options - [name_u]Vale[/name_u], [name_m]Vance[/name_m], [name_u]Vaughn[/name_u], [name_u]Vivian[/name_u] / [name_f]Vivienne[/name_f], or [name_f]Victoria[/name_f].

Only use a V name if it works for you, if you like one of the other options better, use it!!


I think [name_u]Fern[/name_u] works as an honour name for [name_u]Vern[/name_u].

I love [name_f]Vaida[/name_f] / [name_f]Vada[/name_f] and [name_f]Vivienne[/name_f] as girls names beginning with V.

And [name_m]Victor[/name_m] for a boy.

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I love the name [name_u]Vern[/name_u] or [name_u]Vernon[/name_u] for a boy! [name_u]Alder[/name_u] is also a very sweet and subtle way to honor a [name_u]Vern[/name_u].
[name_u]Fern[/name_u], [name_f]Violet[/name_f], or [name_f]Vera[/name_f] are all lovely nods as well.

You could also use a longer name with an V sound and possibly use V or Vern/Vera as a nickname. Maybe [name_f]Eve[/name_f], [name_f]Evangeline[/name_f], [name_u]Ivy[/name_u], [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f], [name_f]Olivia[/name_f], [name_f]Maeve[/name_f].

Other ideas:


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I think [name_u]Fern[/name_u] is a perfect choice as a homage to [name_u]Vern[/name_u]! :slight_smile:
[name_u]Alder[/name_u] sounds great, too!

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I really appreciate everyone’s responses! It looks like I should try to find some more [name_u]Fern[/name_u] combos I enjoy. I’m also going to be thinking more about [name_u]Alder[/name_u] :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

All great ideas!!

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