Trying to honor grandmother with boy's name

We are expecting our second son in a few weeks. We want to honor my mother with his name. My mom passed away about a year and a half ago. She LOVED being a “Grammy.” Her name was [name]Sally[/name].

My brother just had a baby boy a few months ago and named his son using mom’s initials ([name]Samuel[/name] [name]Phillip[/name] for [name]Sally[/name] Prann). We don’t want to copy that, so we need another idea. HELP!

[name]Salinger[/name] (nn [name]Sal[/name])
[name]Sullivan[/name] (nn [name]Sully[/name])

Oh I love the suggestion of [name]Sullivan[/name] nn [name]Sully[/name]!

Well since the initials idea is out my first thought was to use a name that had the same meaning. That’s out too. [name]Sally[/name] is diminutive of [name]Sarah[/name] which means ‘princess’. Next thought was names that are connected to [name]Sarah[/name] and I’ve found [name]Isaac[/name]. [name]Isaac[/name] was the name of [name]Sarah[/name] and [name]Abraham[/name]'s son and they were elderly when he was born so I figured that could have some meaning.

Then I had the idea of having part of [name]Sally[/name] in the name. Some of them:

After that I came back to the same meaning idea and realised that this name would have to mean ‘prince’ instead of ‘princess’.

So that’s what I’ve come up with, what do you think?

  • [name]Charlie[/name]

[name]How[/name] about [name]Salvatore[/name]?

I’m so sorry your mom died. :frowning: (I love her name…So sweet…)

What about [name]Solomon[/name], nn [name]Solly[/name]?

You could also do something like [name]Simon[/name] [name]Alexander[/name], with the S honoring her name and joining with the [name]AL[/name] from [name]Alexander[/name] to form “[name]Sal[/name].” (Not that you’d call him [name]Sal[/name] though, but “[name]Sal[/name]” would still be within his name.) Any S first name and [name]AL[/name] middle would work, like [name]Alec[/name], [name]Alexander[/name], [name]Alistair[/name]…

Take care! :slight_smile:

Why not give your son the middle name of Prann? I think that this is an excellent way of honouring your mother.

Any first name would do but I love [name]Simon[/name] Prann (plus your surname), or any other name that you love as a first name.

Using Prann is a great idea, [name]Rollo[/name]! :slight_smile:

First thing I thought was [name]Salvatore[/name]. It’s pretty religious and will be called [name]Sal[/name] or [name]Sally[/name]. Or might be [name]Tory[/name] - it’s an unusual name these days. Another way might be something like [name]Ansel[/name]. It’s very subtle. I’m not full of ideas right now but if you don’t really want to call him [name]Sal[/name], it’s an option… I think even back in the day, Salvatores did not always think their name was great - I know one in my family changed his name to [name]Charles[/name] to avoid being called [name]Sally[/name], and I’ve read about another while looking up my genealogy, found a family with a lot of the same names and a guy who changed his name from [name]Salvatore[/name] to [name]Charles[/name] (weird! may be the common analog for immigrants called [name]Salvatore[/name]). [name]Charles[/name] may then be ?? It’s a stretch.

Another option could be to change the first initial, um… like [name]Wally[/name] or [name]Hal[/name]. Those are kind of not my style, but you could work on some initials that work for boys and names that aren’t so old-guy. Good luck.

Thank you to all for so many ideas! We were really stuck.

I forgot to mention that we already have a mn picked out: [name]James[/name], after my father-in-law. I thought maybe two middle names, but my wife nixed that idea.

So I kind of like the princess --> prince idea: [name]Brendan[/name] [name]James[/name]. Now we’ll have to see what my wife thinks!!! :slight_smile:

Another idea would be to think of her interests. Was there a certain historical figure, author, musician she particularly admired? Is there something you associate with her?

One of [name]Queen[/name] [name]Victoria[/name]'s children was named [name]Alice[/name] in honor of a friend who said [name]Alice[/name] was his favorite girl’s name. [name]Just[/name] a thought.

You could always go with [name]Graham[/name] if being “Grammy” was so important to her :slight_smile:

[name]James[/name] Prann Would be a very strong name.

Or go with a name that means [name]Prince[/name] Because [name]Sally[/name] means [name]Princess[/name].

[name]Brandon[/name] [name]James[/name]

GL! :slight_smile: