->''"Your mom and I named you after an incredibly brave woman, really not all that much older than you. Your name is Molly."''
-->-- '''Toby Ziegler''', ''Series/TheWestWing''

If you need a name for your new baby, ask yourself, "Have any of my loved ones died?" If so, look no further: Renew, reuse, recycle!

The concept of naming the next generation to honour the originals has a number of enticing benefits for writers. Firstly, it saves them the effort of thinking up a whole new name. Secondly, it pays lip service to dead characters, and thus has the valuable effect not only of creating a walking plot reminder but of making audiences go, "Awwwwww! He remembered his dead ''[insert role here]''!"

It ''can'' be done well, especially if the background culture is one in which it's a common practice (UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain, for example). In another case of TruthInTelevision, some people did and still do simply have a custom of naming new children after beloved deceased friends or relatives. If that context isn't there, though, it runs the high risk of coming off as [[{{Narm}} corny]]. Especially if there's [[OneSteveLimit more than one namesake running around]], and they had just the right number of kids...

For kids who are just like their parents, but not necessarily named the same, see GenerationXerox. A BittersweetEnding may manifest this in BabiesEverAfter.

Often happens after SomeoneToRememberHimBy. May also result from a ChildNamingRequest. The child may inquire about the dead person as in TellMeAboutMyFather.

Compare BirthDeathJuxtaposition, WeNamedTheMonkeyJack. Sister trope of LegacyVesselNaming.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Goku named his son, Gohan, after his adoptive grandfather in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. His wife and father-in-law definitely approved, as Son Gohan Sr. and Ox-King were childhood friends.
** Piccolo also happens to be named after his dead father, but that's probably because he's his father's {{reincarnation}}.
** ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' has Goku Jr. and Vegeta Jr., the great great great great grandchildren of Goku and Vegeta, respectively.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Naruto and Hinata named their son Uzumaki Boruto/Bolt after Hinata's late cousin Neji Hyuga, [[HeroicSacrifice who died saving Naruto and Hinata in the]] WarArc[[note]]"Neji" translates to "Screw", which is synonymous with "Bolt"[[/note]]. Can be also counted one for his late Grandfather "Yellow Flash" Minato's Flying Thunder God Technique, as the Chinese character "rai" (雷) can be translated as "lightning bolt.".
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Reinforce Zwei, at the request of the original shortly before her HeroicSacrifice. For those who don't know, "Zwei" means "two" in [[GratuitousGerman German]], so it means Reinforce the Second.
-->'''Reinforce:''' When I vanish, I will change into [[TragicKeepsake a small powerless fragment of my current self]]. If it's all right with you, do not give my name to that small fragment, but to the new container that will hold your magic in the future.
** Einhart named her Intelligent Device Asteion after a stillborn snow leopard kitten that belonged to her ancestor Claus.
** Rinne also named and modeled her Intelligent device Scuderia after her late grandfather's keepsake which she couldn't save from being damaged.
* In ''Manga/YamiNoPurpleEyes'', Rinko names her daughter Mai, after her dead sister Maiko, who got killed by Sonehara's dogs earlier in the story.
* In ''Manga/{{Nana}}'', Takumi and Nana name their son Ren after Takumi's bandmate Ren Honjou, who was killed in a car accident, although they ''had'' toyed with the idea before he died.
* A strange case of this in the end of the ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' manga: Marron names her daughter, who turns out to have inherited Angel Fin Fish's soul, "Natsuki". Natsuki was the name of Fin's previous human incarnation.
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'': Reinhard names his son ''"Alexander'' Siegfried." Apparently he had a hard time reconciling his desire to honor his dead best friend with his hatred of Kircheis' first name...
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': The name of every main character of all 8 arcs can be read as [=JoJo=]. For the first 7 arcs, it was a family line. Arc 8 however...
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' pulls a variation on this in the backstory of one of its characters. When a street urchin named Solo dies, his best friend gives himself the name [[TheLancer Duo]] to show that even in death, they'd always be a team.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', Duran is the name of Natsuki's dog, who was killed in the same car accident as her mother. Not only does it eventually become the name of her Child, but her father names his motorcycle after Duran as a "parody".
* Chiriko's brother, in volume 18 of the ''[[Manga/FushigiYuugi Fushigi Yuugi]]'' manga, names his son Tao-Hui (Chiriko's birth name.)
* In ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'' Zanoba names his previously nameless slave "Juliette" after his deceased younger brother Julius. He does this because it's an easy name to remember as Zanoba is famous for having torn off said brother's head.
* In a flashback to the past of Eren Yeager's father, Grisha, in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', we learn that that the man who [[spoiler:gave Grisha the power of Titan Shifting]] was named Eren Kruger.
** Eren Yeager later [[spoiler:uses the surname Kruger as a fake name when he disguises himself as a ShellShockedVeteran of the Marleyan military in a WoundedGazelleGambit, in order to sneak into Liberio. Since his half-brother Zeke Yeager is in the military and Grisha's parents are both still alive, it would be very suspicious if another Yeager turned up seemingly out of nowhere]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TomStrong'', Tom's mother named him after Tomas, the sailor who took them to the island and died trying to save them.
** In an alternate universe where Tomas survived and Sinclair Strong died, Tomas suggests that he and Susan name their son Sinclair. Susan, however, insists the boy be named Tomas.
** Tom himself named his pet thunderbird Pneuman after a robot his father built, which he thought destroyed in an earthquake. Interestingly, Pneuman the bird would die not long after Tom salvaged the remains of and rebuilt Pneuman the robot -- the original Pneuman went on to serve Tom for over a century.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' has May "Mayday" Parker, an alternate future daughter of Spider-Man, named for her deceased great aunt. They later have a second child, who they name Ben -- though it's not clear whether he's named after Peter's Uncle Ben, or his "brother through cloning", who also went by Ben, and died in a HeroicSacrifice (possibly both).
* It doesn't stand out because they both go by nicknames, but Bartholomew Allen -- a.k.a. [[Franchise/TheFlash Impulse/Kid Flash]] -- was named after his grandfather, the second Flash. Ultimately averted when Barry came BackFromTheDead.
* In stories set in the alternate future of ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', several of the Titans do this; Tempest's daughter is named Tula after his former lover, Nightwing's daughter is Mar'i after his mother Mary (but with Tamaranean spelling), and Flash's twins are Iris and Barry after his aunt and uncle.
* In the main DCU, Wally West's daughter is still named Iris, but his son is named after the Golden-Age Flash (although its Jai not Jay) presumably because there was already a Dead Guy Junior for Barry. Funnily enough, neither Jay nor Barry is dead at the moment.
* Non-human example in ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark''. Cerebus becomes a shepherd and has apparently named one of the sheep Elrod, who had been more-or-less killed almost 100 issues prior.
* During the ''ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar'' CrisisCrossover General Sam Lane, father of Lois and Lucy, was killed by aliens. Shortly afterwards, Lucy had a son, who was named Sam. Of course, the younger Sam hasn't been mentioned since the last {{Retcon}}, and the elder turned out to be [[HesJustHiding just hiding]], but it was an example for a while.
* [[Comicbook/XFactor Siryn]] names her baby Sean after she finally accepts her father's death, but she doesn't get to keep the baby for long.
* In one ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' story set not long after Jason Todd's death, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] visited [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] in Smallville on the anniversary of the supposed death of a man they failed to save. During the visit, a small crisis erupts when a woman suddenly goes into labor in her home while the doctor who was presiding over the birth suddenly had a heart attack. Superman helps the mother give birth while Batman provides emergency treatment for the doctor. On the next day when Bruce has breakfast with the Kents Clark mentions off-hand that he suggested the name "Jason" for the newborn boy.
* In the ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' timeline, Charles Xavier [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in Magneto's arms]] before they have time to become enemies, and Magneto names his son after Charles.
* ''ComicBook/OldManLogan'' has Logan's son, Scott. Logan and Scott Summers's rivalry [[spoiler: and the fact that Logan killed the X-Men]] make the name particularly poignant.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Three}}'', Damar is the only one of the titular escaped Spartan slaves to survive, and turns out to be pregnant due to a PreClimaxClimax with one of the other two, Klaros. She eventually gives birth to twins, who she names after Klaros and the third of the trio, Terpander.
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Convergence}} Convergence: Superman #2]]'', Superman and Lois name their son Jonathan Samuel Kent in honor of their fathers. Jonathan is obviously the name of Clark's adoptive father but the fact that they named their son Samuel after Lois' father, who was responsible for the destruction of [[ComicBook/NewKrypton New Krypton]] makes this especially poignant. Lois also initially suggests naming him Jor, after Jor-El, but Clark insists that he sees himself as human more than Kryptonian.
* In ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'', Cashell [=McGogan=] names his son Gus after his deceased adoptive father. What makes this poignant is that both grandfather and grandson were vampires: elder Gus was a ancient Celtic vampire, while younger Gus was supposed to be a human baby before being turned into a vampire while still in the womb.
* In at least one future, one of the [[Franchise/TheFlash Flashes]] descended from Barry Allen (the second Flash) is called Jace Allen, after Jay Garrick, the first Flash.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Common in fan fiction. Expect plenty of kids named Haku in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fics, and a Sirius or two in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Of course, JKR had to go and one-up everyone with aforementioned Potter kids.
** As a subtrope of that, thanfiction, mastermind behind the "[[FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness DAYDverse]]", is especially prone to this. There are only three kids who ''aren't'' named after dead people, and two were adopted from another country. Of course, there are a [[KillEmAll lot of names to choose from]]...
* In the ''Literature/HIVESeries'', [[spoiler: Lucy Dexter]] can conveniently be the namesake of either a boy or a girl, and was conveniently close to both Otto and Laura. In every fic where the two have a child, it will be named after her or Raven.
* ''FanFic/TheSecondTry'':
** Averted as the parents-to-be were afraid they would begin making comparison to the child's namesake and unintentionally force the child to imitate them.
** Downplayed later on when [[spoiler:Asuka]] suggests to [[spoiler: Aki]] that she name her doll after her maternal grandmother, but it gets corrupted from [[spoiler: Kyoko]] to [[spoiler: Kiko]] due to her mishearing the suggestion.
* Before ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' premiered, ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' sequel fics would often give Aang and Katara a daughter named Kya, after Katara's mother, and/or a son named Gyatso, after Aang's mentor/father figure. ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' {{josse|d}}s the Gyatso one, but confirms Kya as the name of Aang and Katara's lone daughter. Not to mention their eldest son being named after Aang's old friend King Bumi.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** It appears that it's expected that if Ichigo and Rukia marry [[note]]:pairing that never happened in canon[[/note]], they'll either have a son with his mother's color scheme, his father's everything else, and the name Kaien, or a daughter named either Hisana or Masaki.
** Masaki also applies in the Ichigo/Orihime pairing, but their son is often named Sora. [[spoiler:This pairing happened in canon, but the name was jossed; he's named Kazui.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** If Roy and Riza have a baby boy, he'll be named after Maes.
** If Edward and Winry have a girl, her name will be Nina or Trisha.
** Fanfics for the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]] use the above ideas often but also include Ed naming his daughter after "Winry" or Rose naming her son "Edward". Neither die in the series, however the fact that they're split apart in separate universes leaves the same effect.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Whenever Shikamaru has a kid in fanfics, it's pretty expected that the brat'll be named after Asuma in some way. This was jossed in the manga, as his son instead follows the "Shika-" FamilyThemeNaming.
** Naruto himself is not spared this fate; half the time or more his kids would be called either Minato or Kushina. Again, jossed: Boruto and Himawari.
** It's not uncommon to see Neji call his son Hizashi.
** ''Fanfic/WhiteRain'' has Itachi van Alstyne, the son of the long-since departed Uchiha Itachi arriving in Konoha.
* Simmons Shirly Grif from ''Murderers Row''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' fics, Victor and Victoria inevitably end up calling their first-born daughter Emily. Although that's an improvement compared to the author going with the 'V' theme and naming the children something like Vincent/Valerie.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' fanfic, if the author feels the need to give [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep the Princess]] from the third game a name, chances are they'll have her named after her dead auntie Rose.
* Although the closing credits of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' give the name of Elizabeth's son as Will (already this trope, of course), a striking number of fanfic writers ignore this in favour of the name James. (Possibly because Norrington is... deader, probably. Or just because of the OneSteveLimit.)
* In the "FanFic/TamersForeverSeries" the infant Taichi Kamiya is named after his late uncle who apparently committed suicide.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fanfic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8120153/1/Two-Wrongs-and-a-Right Two Wrongs and a Right]]" has this and SomeoneToRememberHimBy. ''And'' a FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo.
* In "Fanfic/MarieDSuesseAndTheMysteryNewPirateAge", a variant happens. The eponymous character, nicknamed "Mar," vanishes from the world as a result of a wish to restore it, and to fulfill his promise to remember her name, Law names a kitten after her.
* Speaking of ''Manga/OnePiece'', expect many children of Luffy to be named "Ace".
* In some ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' fics, Ken and Miyako names his/their son "Osamu."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'', Heatherís baby is to be named after her motherís late [[spoiler:campmate]].
* In combination with SomeoneToRememberHimBy, Jeyne Westerling in the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' ContinuationFic ''Fanfic/TheNorthRemembers'' names her newborn son Robb after his murdered father, and nicknames him Robbie. Edmure was also wishing to do the same likewise, but it's subverted when his lady wife is later executed because of the political intrigue that pervades Westeros.
* At the end of the ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]'' fanfic ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', [[spoiler: Lavinia/Tansy and Damon]] name their two children after [[spoiler: Vale and Kit]].
* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'', Sally (Sparrow) Watson names her firstborn Katherine, after her blasted-to-the-past best friend Cathy Nightingale. "Watson and Sparrow" implies that Cathy was the only real family Sally had.
* ''[[https://m.fanfiction.net/s/10667104/1/People-Gonna-Talk People Gonna Talk]]'': Zig-zagged in this ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fic. Mako has four children by three different women (ItMakesSenseInContext). His twin daughters are both named for living people (his grandmother Yin and Korra's mother Senna), while his sons and Bolin and Opal Bei Fong's daughter all follow this trope: San (named for Mako's late father), Aang (for the previous Avatar), and Poppy (named for her great-great-grandmother Poppy Bei Fong).
* In ''FanFic/DantesNightAtFreddys'', Dante and Lucia's daughter is referred to as Evie after Dante's mother Eva, and according to its predecessor Revelations, her middle name is Matis, after Lucia's adopted mother Matier. Additionally, their son is named Arthur, which is pronounced similarly to "Sparda", Dante's father.
* Both played straight and averted in the FanFic/ElementalChessTrilogy. Grumman asks Roy whether he and Riza plan to name their unborn child after Maes Hughes; Roy replies that there are too many people who deserve the honor of having a child named for them, and so they've decided to give the baby a name all his or her own. Played straight by Ling and Lan Fan, however, who name their first child Fu, after her grandfather.
** The final volume of the series reveals that it's also played straight by Alphonse and May Chang, whose daughter is named Nina. Ed and Winry, meanwhile, don't name any of their children after anyone who has ''died'', but one of their sons is named Curtis, in honor of the (still living) Sig and Izumi.
* A few ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' AU fics where [[spoiler: the Eclipse never happens and Griffith dies from illness or injuries after his imprisonment]] have Guts and Casca living a life together with the child Casca was pregnant with in the canon, naming their son after their deceased leader and friend. Some fics take it a step further with the couple having multiple children, with one of their daughters being named after Guts' deceased adopted mother, Sys.
* Discussed in a (possibly non-canon) ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'' omake. After Shinji admitted how easily he could turn out like his father if Asuka was killed/comatose, she made him promise that -in the event that she couldn't be with him- he should marry [[ThreesomeSubtext Rei]] instead and name a daughter after her. He made her give the same promise (although he pointed out that adoption would probably be required under those circumstances).
* AlternateUniverse Janine's daughter, Elizabeth Joan Watson in ''The Sanctuary Telepath''. Given that she grew up in UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain it makes some sense, even more so as she can be downright sentimental. Elizabeth was her [[HappilyAdopted adoptive mother's]] name, Joan comes from John (her brother, already dead in that reality) and Watson is the girl's late father's last name (James Watson) which Janine uses for her despite that they've never been married and ''she'' uses her brother's last name, Druitt.
* It's mentioned in one of the spinoffs to the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BecomingFree'' that Freya's childhood friend was going to name her child after her if they were female. Freya isn't dead, however her friend thought she was killed when she was run out of town for being a lesbian. When Freya notes that it's considered bad luck to name your kid after a living person, she questions if maybe they should alter the spelling instead.
* In one chapter of the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12318310/1/ My Sister Leni]]'', Leni finds out that her parents had a stillborn baby that they named "Leni" prior to her.
* When [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Cullen]] becomes a father in the ''Fanfic/SkyholdAcademyYearbook'' series, he names his daughter Eleanor, after his late mother.
* ''FanFic/TheShinSekai'': Rikuo and Tsurara's second child, Rihan, is named in honor of Rikuo's [[DisappearedDad late father]].
* Zinnia in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' is revealed to have a daughter named Aster. A sidestory later reveals she was named after her late friend from canon.

[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* In the Korean version of ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'' Greenie is named [[FamilyThemeNaming similarly]] to his adopted mother, Leafie. In the [[DubNameChange English dub]] Greenie is named "Willy" after his deceased father "Wilson" ("Wanderer" in the original).
* Joaquin from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' was named after his father.
* James Rogers from ''WesternAnimation/NextAvengersHeroesOfTomorrow'', named in honor of [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] best friend [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes James "Bucky" Barnes]], who died during WWII.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie,'' had Dil been born a girl like they originally thought, he would've been named after Stu's deceased mother, Trixie. He is instead named after Didi's cousin, Dylan, though it's unknown whether he is alive or not.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'', Daisy names her new calf Ben, after Otis' father.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* At the end of ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', Kee [[Heartwarming/ChildrenOfMen names her newborn daughter Dylan, after Theo's dead son]].
* In ''Dosti: Friends Forever'', Karan names his son after his best friend Raj, who died of an IncurableCoughOfDeath.
* At the end of ''Film/PearlHarbor'', Evelyn named her son after his father, her SecondLove Danny, who had died in a battle.
* ''Film/TenderMercies'': Sonny tells the bullies at his school that his name is actually Carl Herbert Wadsworth Jr., after his father, killed in Vietnam.
* In ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'', Alejandro/Zorro names his son Joaquin after his dead brother.
* ''Simon Birch'' reveals at the end that Simon's best childhood friend named his son after the boy, many years after his HeroicSacrifice.
* Towards the end of ''Film/ThePatriot'', Colonel Burwell's newborn son is named after Benjamin Martin's deceased son, Gabriel.
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild''. Two-time Freddy Krueger survivor Alice Johnson gives her newborn the middle name Daniel after his father: her deceased boyfriend Dan, a one-time survivor.
* In ''Film/EscapeFromThePlanetOfTheApes'', Cornelius and Zira named their son Milo after their fellow chimp scientist. By the next sequel, his owner Armando changed his name to Caesar to protect him from authorities.
* [[BabiesEverAfter At the end of]] ''{{Film/Elf}}'', Buddy's daughter Susan is named after his mother he never knew.
* Played with in the original ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', as near the end of the film, Marty's parents (in 1955) are shown considering that Marty is a nice name. The implication is that they decide to name one of their children after their disappeared friend who helped them get together - who was, of course, their son time-traveling from the future. In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', Marty learns he had a great-great-grand-uncle named Martin [=McFly=].
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', Nathaniel Pietro Barton, Clint's newborn son, is named after [[ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} Pietro Maximoff]], who performed a HeroicSacrifice to save Clint's life earlier in the film.
** After Groot does a HeroicSacrifice near the end of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', one of his remaining twigs is recovered and eventually develops into what's basically his clone-son. Despite being a different being from the original, Groot's kid still goes by his father's name.
* [[http://fortune.com/contentfrom/2015/10/05/lex-luthor-jr/ntv_a/3dsBA58oDAfxgFA This article]] by ''Fortune'' reveals that the Lex Luthor seen in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' is named after his father.
* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', it turns out that Kylo Ren's real name is [[spoiler: Ben, after Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi, Luke's dead mentor from ''Film/ANewHope'']].

* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''; rather than a child, the team names the [[LegacyVesselNaming spaceship]] they need for their final mission after their fallen comrade, Rachel.
* In the ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series, Anne and Gilbert name their children after friends and family. Their friends Leslie and Owen Ford do the same with their two children.
** Jem Blythe (James Matthew) was named after Captain Jim and Matthew (Matthew was dead at that point, and Captain Jim died several months after Jem's birth).
** Walter Blythe (Walter Cuthbert) was named after Anne's father and both the Cuthberts (Anne's father was dead, only one of the Cuthberts was).
** Shirley Blythe was presumably named after his mother's parents, who were both long dead.
** Rilla Blythe (Bertha Marilla) was named after Anne's mother and Marilla (the former was dead, while Marilla died when Rilla was a child).
** Persis Ford was named after Persis Leigh, the schoolmaster's bride (and Owen's grandmother), long dead.
** Kenneth Ford was named after his uncle who was killed when he was a child.
** Bruce Meredith was named after his uncle who died before he was born.
** Only one of Anne and Gilbert's seven children wasn't a namesake; their first child, Joyce ("Joy") was not, though she was born prematurely and died shortly after birth.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' contains a literal example of this, combined with an [[InsistentTerminology almost]] literal example of WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: The main characters name a lemur [=JayJay=], short for Julius Junior.
* In ''Literature/BeautyARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast'', Beauty's older sister Hope marries Gervain, the blacksmith, and ten months later gives birth to twins. The babies are a combination of this trope and UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn; the daughter is named Mercy, after Beauty's younger sister who died, and the son is named Richard, after his paternal grandfather.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' sequel series, Garion names his firstborn son after his dead father, and his firstborn daughter after his ultimate grandmother, dead for a few thousand years.[[note]]This being a HighFantasy series, though, that doesn't mean he hasn't met her.[[/note]]
* Varencienne names her children for the dead in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias''. Her first son is named Valraven, the traditional name of Palindrake heirs in honor of Valraven I who fell to the Magravandians. Her daughter Ellony is named for her husband's first wife. Her second son Leonid is named for her father.
* In ''The Clan of the Cave Bear'', the first book in the ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series, Uba is named after her great-grandmother, who died when Uba's mother, Iza, was a baby.
** Also occurs with Filonia and Thonolan's daughter, Thonolia, whose name is a combination of the first two syllables of Thonolan's name and the suffix Filonia's people, the Losadunai, use for feminine names. However, it wasn't until Ayla and Jondalar passed through the Losadunai's territory that Filonia learned that Thonolan had died.
* In the Ian Banks book ''The Crow Road'', central character Prentice's brother names his newborn son Kenneth Rory Prentice Mchoan. Prentice (half) jokingly points out his concern that he's the only one of the baby's namesakes who isn't dead...
* In the ''Creator/DaleBrown'' books, Patrick and Wendy [=McLanahan=]'s son Bradley is named after their late mentor Brad Elliott.
* At the end of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', it is revealed that Jonathan and Mina named their son with the first names of the ''entire group''. Whether or not this is cause for justifiable parricide is left as an exercise for the reader. (But they ''called'' him Quincy, after the one who died.) In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''[[Literature/TheDraculaTape The Holmes-Dracula File]]'', young Quincy also has a twin sister, named for Mina's friend Lucy. Which is both this trope, and a hint that Lucy Harker was born with some vampiric traits, as Lucy Westenra had been turned by the Count.
* ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' is positively lousy with these, although most are variations on the theme: Tanis and Laurana name their son Gilthas after his unfortunate uncle Gilthanas. Caramon and Tika name two of their sons Tanin and Sturm, after Tanis Half-Elven and their Sturm Brightlade, and one of their daughters Laura after Tanis's wife Laurana (although neither Tanis nor Laurana was dead yet). Their third son, on the other hand, is named Palin after the god Paladine (possibly an early attempt to prevent him from turning out like Raistlin did).
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', [[spoiler:Harry and Susan's daughter Maggie]] is named after her paternal grandmother; in this case, Mom named the child without any input from Dad, because [[spoiler:she kept Harry from knowing about little Maggie up until she got kidnapped by Red Court Vampires]].
* In the ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series, Paul Atreides names his first son Leto after his martyred father. After the younger Leto is similarly martyred, Paul also names his second son Leto, after the firstborn. Paul himself is named after his grandfather Paulus.
* Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' trilogy contains at least six kids all named after their parents' loved ones, in some cases two of them. (Admittedly not all the loved ones are dead yet, but a number of them are. One character even gets two namesakes, one before his death and one after.)
** Another Weber example: After Literature/HonorHarrington's "death," a positive embarrassment of people and things are named for her, including what was at least on its commissioning date the galaxy's most powerful warship. (Reports of her death, naturally, were greatly exaggerated; she was enormously embarrassed by all the namesakes when she returned.) Of course, at least one child (and the local equivalent of a royal princess, at that) was named after her BEFORE the event...
** Honor's children and siblings are all named after various other characters some of them are dead while others are alive at the time of the naming (although being a military Sci-Fi series not all of them remain that way).
** An additional non-human example in the series is the RMN's Roll of Honor. Ships that participate in particularly heroic actions have their names added to the Roll of Honor and those names are kept assigned to a new ship whenever the previous ship using it is destroyed or retired.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Lord Voldemort's real name is [[SignificantAnagram Tom Marvolo Riddle]] -- Tom for his father, Marvolo for his maternal grandfather. Granted, the father was still alive when he was born. And we only know that Marvolo died before his son was released from jail. He might have still been alive when Tom was born, meaning that Tom's adherence to the trope is unsure.
** The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black's tradition of naming their children after stars and constellations forced them to occasionally repeat names. Harry's godfather is the third Black to be named Sirius. Sirius Black the First didn't live long enough to attend Hogwarts; one of his brothers named a son after him; and said son is the great-grandfather of Sirius Black the Third.
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' features such winners as the Potter siblings, James [[WordOfGod Sirius]], Lily [[WordOfGod Luna]] (at least ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse she]]'' didn't die) and ''Albus'' ''Severus'' (that's a mouthful, but at least he goes by Al; however, it is noticeable that he has the SignificantMonogram "ASP," which is a type of poisonous snake...), as well as the orphaned son of Lupin and Tonks, whose name is Ted after Tonks' (dead) father. Supplementary information from Rowling says George even named his son after Fred (naming your son after your own dead twin seems rather awkward... but then, not more awkward than marrying said dead twin's girlfriend). Averted with Ron and Hermione's children, who are named Rose and Hugo, with no "Rose" or "Hugo" ever mentioned on either the Weasley or Granger side.
* J from ''Literature/{{I Am J}}'' was named "Jenifer" by his parents after his deceased aunt. J has a Jewish father, though he isn't too religious. His father wanted a child with a name that starts with "J" because [[FamilyThemeNaming his mom has one too]].
* David Lurie of ''In the Beginning'' is one, being the product of a levirate marriage.
* In Creator/JulieKagawa's ''Literature/TheIronKnight'', the catfish begs for its life, pleading IHaveAFamily and tells Puck that it will name a grandfish after him. Puck lays down a new rule: he does not eat beings that name children after him.
* Julie's little brother Amaroq in ''Julie'' (the sequel to ''Literature/JulieOfTheWolves'') is named after the dead leader of the pack that saved Julie's life.
* ''Literature/LittleWomen'': Amy's and Laurie's daughter is named Elizabeth -- who goes by Bess in the sequels -- after the dead little sister. The rest of the surviving March sisters' children are all named after still-living relatives.
* It's revealed in ''The Longest Day'' book of ''Literature/SeekerBears'' that Toklo named his daughter after his mother Oka.
* In the appendices of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', it can be seen that Sam named his firstborn son Frodo and a later son Bilbo (although they are technically probably not dead yet, just gone away). His other children are also named after his living friends and family, but still.
** Given the age (and rate-of-aging) difference, it's possible that little Faramir Took is an example too.
* Defied in ''{{Literature/Malevil}}''. Angès is forbidden to name her son Emmanuel as everyone knows he is likely the father and doesn't want any additional strife among the survivors.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' and ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'' series feature as many people named after dead significant others as they are after living ones:
** Clary's mom, Jocelyn, is revealed to have taken her new surname, Fray, by combining her previous surname, Fairchild, with Tessa Gray's. She's very much alive, though.
** According to [[AllThereInTheManual the supplementary materials]], Max Lightwood (Alec and Isabelle's younger brother) is named after his uncle, Maxwell, who dropped out of the Shadow World in favor of marrying a mundane girl. Unlike many other examples, the Junior outlives the Senior.
** The epilogue of ''Clockwork Princess'' reveals that Tessa and Will name their son after James "Jem", their friend (and lover in case of Tessa) who, while not dead, has to endure several centuries living as a Silent Brother. The same epilogue also reveals that Gideon and Sophie name one of their daughters after Gideon's deceased mother, Barbara.
* In Morris Gleitzman's YA novel ''Now'', main character Zelda's parents named her after her grandfather Felix's childhood companion who was killed during the holocaust. Felix still feels so [[SurvivorGuilt guilty]] about original Zelda's death that he refuses to call his granddaughter by this name, making up a series of nicknames for her instead
* One of the main themes of García Marquez's ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' wherein the names of the Buendía family are repeated from generation to generation, and are additionally linked with certain character traits, except when there is a mix-up at birth. In fact, in no less than seven generations, in the family a grand total of two boys' names are used.
* In Creator/GeorgeMacDonald's ''Literature/ThePrincessAndTheGoblin'', Irene learns she was named for her (still living) great-great-grandmother.
-->''"My name is Irene."\\
"That's my name!" cried the princess.\\
"I know that. I let you have mine. I haven't got your name. You've got mine."\\
"How can that be?" asked the princess, bewildered. "I've always had my name."\\
"Your papa, the king, asked me if I had any objection to your having it; and, of course, I hadn't. I let you have it with pleasure."\\
"It was very kind of you to give me your name--and such a pretty one," said the princess.\\
"Oh, not so very kind!" said the old lady. "A name is one of those things one can give away and keep all the same."''
* ''Literature/RaptorRed'' has one in spirit, even though nobody has names. Raptor Red adopts her niece after her sister is killed, and the family resemblance is so strong she briefly confuses the two.
* BoisterousBruiser Pax au Telemaus is killed off near the end of ''Literature/RedRising''. In the third book, Mustang names her and Darrow's son after him.
* In ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', Matthias decides to name his son after himself and ''two'' of his dead best friends, Methuselah and Mortimer, coming up with "Mattimeo" as a result.
* In ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'', Jobs named his second daughter after Tate, who died when she crashed the alien super ship so that it would become The Source and be ready for the 'regreening' of Earth.
* Stephen King's ''Literature/RoseMadder'' has Pamela Steiner (and on top of that, she was almost Pamela Anna; her actual middle name is Gertrude, who is a still-living character).
* In Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Scarecrow'' trilogy, Buck "Book 2" Riley Jnr. is named after his father, and is given the same callsign.
* At the very end of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' by Lemony Snicket, Kit, just before dying, instructs the Baudelaire children to name her newborn daughter after their mother and raise her. The infant's name? [[spoiler: Beatrice.]] This is stated to be a tradition of the group. According to [[spoiler: her parent's journal entry, Violet]] would have been named Lemony if she'd been born a boy (at the time, [[spoiler: Beatrice Baudelaire]] thought he was dead).
* In ''Literature/{{Son}},'' the last book in Lois Lowry's ''Literature/TheGiver'' series, we learn that Jonas and Kira, the protagonists of books 1 and 2 respectively, got married and named their children after good friends of theirs who died in books 2 and 3: Annabelle and Matthew.
* Numerous examples in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Daenerys planned to name her son Rhaego, after her brother Rhaegar (only altered to suit Dothraki naming conventions). After he is stillborn and Khal Drogo dies, she names her three dragons after her dead brothers and husband.
** Cersei Lannister from the same series {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this trope when she runs into two women on the same morning, both looking to name their soon-to-be-born sons after her late father Tywin:
--> ''Another one? Lickspittles like you will drown the realm in Tywins.''
** Ned Stark names his sons Bran and Rickon, after his brother Brandon and his father Rickard. Then there's his other two sons Jon and Robb, who're named after living friends Jon Arryn and Robert. Jon Arryn names his son after Robert as well.
*** Although Brandon and Rickon (Especially the former) are traditional Stark names. Similarly, Arya was likely named after Ned's maternal grandmother.
*** When the Tyrells plan to marry Sansa to their eldest son Willas, she imagines having children named Eddard and Brandon and Rickon, after her dead father and brothers (her brothers are in fact still alive, but she doesn't know that).
** On the Targaryen side there are a great many Aegons, most of whom are named after Aegon the Conqueror. Most notable is the son of Aenys I who Maegor killed, as the only one to have been born when the Conqueror was still alive, although Aegon IV may have been named after his uncle Aegon III. It is unlikely Aegon III was named for his uncle Aegon II, as his mother and uncle were at odds, or that Aegon V was named for his great-grandfather Aegon IV, as he proved to be a horrible king. Viserys II was named after his maternal grandfather/paternal uncle, Aegon II's daughter Jaehaera and Aegon V's son Jaehaerys were named for Jaeherys the Conciliator (The first's great-great-grandfather and the second's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather), Daeron II for his father's cousin Daeron I, and Maester Aemon was named by his grandfather after his own uncle, the Dragonkight, who may have been his father.
* Miss Quentin in ''Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury'', whose conception was the event which drove her uncle Quentin Compson to suicide.
* ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse'':
** Prynn Tenmei, in the ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'' series, is named after her father's former Starfleet Intelligence partner who was killed in a transporter accident; T'Prynn from the ''Literature/StarTrekVanguard'' novels.
** Similarly in ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'' Will and Deanna name their baby daughter Natasha (in honor of their late comrade Natasha Yar), and in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' relaunch Jean-Luc and Beverly name their son Rene Jacques Robert Francois Picard (Robert was Jean-Luc's brother, and Rene his nephew, both killed in a fire just prior to ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'').
* Anakin Solo and Ben Skywalker from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse. The former was killed off because ViewersAreMorons and can't handle two (not even contemporaneous) characters having the same name. Although he would have been killed off anyway if his Dead Guy Junior ''fate'' had happened to him...The latter, of course, is named after Luke's former master Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi.
** Also from the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Soontir and Syal Antilles Fel]] named one of their sons [[Literature/NewJediOrder Jagged]], after Syal's father who died alongside her mother while doing a HeroicSacrifice.
** Jedi Master [[TheDutifulSon Corran Horn]] names his son Valin after his [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest dead]] [[GoodParents father]].
* In ''Literature/TheStand'', Frannie names her baby Peter after her father, who died during the plague. (In the film, it's a girl and she names her Abigail, after Mother Abigail.)
* In Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'', Sydney Carton foresees that Charles and Lucy Darnay will [[BabiesEverAfter have a son]] whom they will name for him.
* Somewhat at the end of ''Literature/TalesOfAFourthGradeNothing''. After a long ordeal when Fudge eats Peter's pet turtle, Dribble, Peter's parents decide to make it up to him by buying him a dog. Peter ends up naming him Turtle to remember.
* In the ''Tennis Shoes Adventure'' series, Jim names his son after two very brave, dead warriors- Gidgiddonihah Teancum. Ouch!( the former being a close friend who died saving Jim's older son's life. the book series is all about time travel though, so Gid gets better. Teancum... not so much.)
* Claudia from ''Literature/AThreadOfGrace'' names her child after her recently dead father Alberto. The baby dies two days later--it was born premature.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Literature/TimeLag," Elva is told at the end that her son survived, had a son who was named for her dead husband and who in turn had her great-grandson who was named for her (still living) son.
* In ''Literature/TimeScout'', Kit's ex-girlfriend named his unknown daughter Kitty.
* Creator/TamoraPierce's Literature/{{Tortall|Universe}} books are edging into their third generation. The juniors so far include Thom, Alan, Alianne (a portmanteau of "Alanna" and "Lianne" according to WordOfGod), Roald (a royal name, so {{justified|Trope}}), Kalasin, Liam, Lianne, and potentially Mequen. The above Alianne finally broke the trend, naming her half-crow triplets after ''variations'' of the names of three dead compatriots, incidentally three generations of the same family]]. Actually, the portmanteau namesakes are getting pretty common in and of themselves.
* In ''Literature/VanityFair'' by Thackeray George Osborne dies in the battle of Waterloo, and his wife Amelia names their son George.
* Several examples in the works of Creator/VCAndrews:
** In ''Literature/MySweetAudrina'', Audrina Adare is supposedly named after an elder sister who died. It turns out Audrina's family is lying to her; the "First Audrina" never existed.
** In the Literature/LandrySeries, Ruby names her twin sons Pierre and Jean, after her late father and ''his'' twin brother.
** Willow [=DeBeers=]'s daughter is named Hannah after Willow's mother Grace (since the name Hannah means "grace")
** In the Literature/DollangangerSeries, Catherine's eldest child is named Julian Janus Marquet, but he's familiarly known as Jory, after his dead father Julian and dead uncle Cory. At the end of the series, when his wife is due to give birth, he promises to name the baby either Catherine after his mother (who dies shortly afterwards), or Christopher after his late [[BrotherSisterIncest uncle/stepfather]].
*** Catherine's second son is Bartholomew Scott Winslow; Bart was the name of his father, who died while she was pregnant, and Scott was the name of the dead son of her second husband Paul.
** In the Literature/CutlerSeries, Dawn Cutler was named Eugenia at birth, after a sister of her step-grandmother's.
** Literature/TheCasteelSeries has Luke Junior (named after his grandfather) and Annie Stonewall (named after the first Luke's mother; step-grandmother to Annie's mother Heaven.) Annie's name is lampshaded as Logan and Tony point out that this is a nickname, and try to suggest that Heaven name her Anne instead.
*** Heaven herself is a downplayed example, since she got her middle name Leigh from her deceased mother.
** Literature/{{Celeste}} and her daughter "Baby Celeste" in the Gemini series, though the elder Celeste does not die but is sent to a mental institution.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Among the Barrayaran aristocracy, the first son receives the first names of his maternal and paternal grandfathers, and the second son receives their middle names, which can sometimes lead to examples of this trope -- though, during the series, Barrayar is politically stable and has good enough medicine that most people seem to live to meet their grandchildren, so it usually doesn't. Miles Vorkosigan himself (named exclusively for his maternal grandfather as his paternal grandfather rejects him) is one of the few real examples that come out of the convention.
** Elena Bothari(-Jesek) is an apparent example, except that her mother turns out to be alive after all.
** Olivia and Kareen Koudelka are genuine examples, both named after dead royalty. (As for their two sisters, Delia is presumably named after Cordelia Vorkosigan, who's not dead, and it's unclear who if anyone Martya might be named after.)
** In ''Literature/{{Cryoburn}}'', there's Taura Vorkosigan, named after a friend and colleague of her father's who died young.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** ''Warrior Cats'' has one of Sorreltail's litter. The camp is attacked by badgers, which are trying to get into the nursery as she is kitting. Cinderpelt dies protecting her and the kits. When telling Leafpool her picks for names, a gray kit[[note]]sound familiar?[[/note]] is named in her honor as Cinderkit. However it turns out she IS Cinderpelt reincarnated as her niece so she could SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong in her life and be a warrior.
** Another example occurs in the next generation. Out of that same litter that included Cinderkit, Molekit died. Cinderkit and Molekit's littermate Poppyfrost ends up naming her son after her dead brother.
** Fernsong, Sorrelstripe, and Hollytuft were all named after cats who died in the Dark Forest battle. (Ferncloud, Sorreltail, and Hollyleaf). Sorretail was their grandmother, and Hollyleaf was their aunt, and mother's best friend.
* ''Literature/WatershipDown'': One of Fiver's children is named Threar, presumably in honor of the destroyed Sandleford Warren's chief rabbit, the Threarah (Lord Threar).
* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'': Catherine Linton, daughter of the more famous Cathy beloved by Heathcliff, is named after her mother, who [[DeathByChildbirth died giving birth to her.]] Heathcliff himself is named after an Earnshaw son who had died in infancy. Also, Hareton Earnshaw is named after his ancestor who built Wuthering Heights back in 1500.

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* In the miniseries finale of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Crichton and Aeryn name their son "D'Argo Sun-Crichton." That child would be beaten mercilessly when he goes to space-school, if his mom wasn't ''scary''. Then again, it's [[RecycledInSpace ''in space'']]. With "Zhaan's", "Chiana's", "Joolushku's" and "Bialar's" around every turn, it might not be that weird a name. After all, Aeryn's first suggestion was so guttural not even the closed captioning tried to spell it. But she was joking then. ''Maybe''.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'': Toby's daughter is named after a Secret Service agent killed during the kidnapping of the President's daughter. Unusually for this trope, Toby had twins, but only one person died. Unfortunate for the boy, though, as he got named Huck. Yes, it's short for Huckleberry.
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode where Dr. Janet Fraiser dies, the child of the soldier she died saving is named after her.
* In season three of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' we learn that Sylar names his future son Noah. Although that timeline probably was averted by later events.
* A fifth-season episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' reveals that Desmond and Penny's son is named after Charlie, who died at the end of season three.
%%* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the finale of ''Series/PartyOfFive''.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': While the namesake was very much alive, it being an AnyoneCanDie series and with Saul Tigh not being the youngest of the crew, he wanted to be prepared: he was going to name his son by Caprica Six, "Liam" - short for William, after his best friend Bill Adama. Unfortunately it was Liam who died when Saul's affections went from Six back to his resurrected wife, making Bill Dead Guy Senior.
* As revealed in ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', Bill is Dead Guy Junior twice over, named after his paternal grandfather and his paternal half-brother.
* Occurs in ''Series/MadMen,'' with the twist that everyone but the mother hates the name. Betty names the baby after her father, who her husband Don hated and her young daughter Sally loved. Don resents honoring the man, while Sally, already blown away by his death, is freaked out by having a replacement sleeping in her grandpa's own room and taking his name.
* ''Series/KnotsLanding'': Gary Ewing names his son after his recently-dead brother [[Series/{{Dallas}} Bobby.]] This eventually brings ''Knots Landing'' into {{AU}} territory when the original Bobby is {{retcon}}ned [[AllJustADream back to life]] on the parent show.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Scully names her son William, after Mulder's father. This was probably done as a way to confirm William's paternity; since Scully wasn't supposed to be able to get pregnant, there is a WhosYourDaddy thread to season 8. It would be an odd tribute, since given all we learn about Bill Mulder over the course of the series and how he treats his son, he's not really the kind of guy you'd want to name your kid after. Not to mention he's not Mulder's biological father. William is also the name of ''her'' father and older brother, both called Bill. Baby William is the only William in the series ''not'' to be called "Bill" or "Billy."
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' main characters Dean and Sam Winchester are named after their mother's dead parents, Samuel and Deanna Campbell.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}:''
** We find out in the second Gravedigger episode that Booth's son Parker was named after a dead war buddy. When said war buddy's ghost (or brain tumor-induced hallucination) teases him about this, Booth gruffly points out that Parker was his friend's ''last'' name.
** One of the names that Angela and Hodgins' baby gets is Vincent, after Vincent Nigel-Murray, the lab intern who was killed in the episode prior to his birth.
** Booth and Brennan's daughter is named Christine Angela Booth, after her mother.
** Daisy's son is named Seeley Lance Wick-Sweets, Lance Sweets being his recently killed father.
* ''Series/{{Game of Thrones}}'':
** In "The Rains of Castamere" Talisa suggests to her husband, King Robb, that if her unborn child is a boy, they should name him Eddard, after Robb's father who was executed by Joffrey. Minutes later, [[spoiler: mother, father and child are all dead in the now-infamous "Red Wedding"]].
** While there have been countless Brandon Starks throughout history, Bran is named for his father's older brother, whose brutal murder by the Mad King helped spark Robert's Rebellion.
** Daenerys names her son Rhaego after her brother the late Prince Rhaegar, with the termination changed to reflect Dothraki naming customs, and continues the theme with her dragons: Drogon (Drogo), Viserion (Viserys), and Rhaegal (Rhaegar), all people that she loved and knew.
** Oberyn named one of his daughters Elia after the sister he lost in the Sack of King's Landing. Cersei ponders if the girl's troublesome attitude is related to her very name inciting grief and anger in her father.
** Lyanna Mormont. Discussed when Sansa attempts, largely in vain, to instigate some small talk by mentioning the young Lady Mormont was specifically named for her late aunt, Lyanna Stark.
* In ''Series/{{Alias}}'', Sydney and Vaughn's son is named Jack.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}''
** In the episode that was [[UnCanceled intended to be the series finale]], Paige is assigned to protect an innocent named Joanna, but she fails at it and Jo dies. In the next season, there's a five-or-six-episode StoryArc that involves the Charmed Ones taking on false names, and Paige's pseudonym was Jo. It's apparent that Paige was naming herself after this dead friend of hers, and while this is never hinted at in the show's text, it's enough of a FridgeBrilliance that it was probably completely intentional on the writers' part.
** In the comics, Phoebe's daughter P.J. ("Prudence Johanna") is named after Prue, [[LateArrivalSpoiler her dead older sister]] (who also happened to have been named after a long-dead ancestor). Before that, on the show, Wyatt would have been "Prudence Melinda" had he been a girl. (When Piper finally does have a daughter, she's just Melinda.)
** Chris was named after Leo's father. Wyatt got his name from his father's surname, and since Leo was ''technically'' dead the whole time...
* A meta-example from ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': in the series finale, Niles and Daphne named their baby David. This is after David Angell, co-creator of the show, who died in the 9/11 attacks.
* At the end of ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' Asuka names his infant daughter Mikoto after SixthRanger Nakadai Mikoto.
* In ''Series/PrisonBreak'', Sara's son is called [[spoiler: Michael, after his father Michael Scofield, who is killed in the series finale]].
* On ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', Larry wound up having two brothers named Darryl because of this trope. The older Darryl was carried off by a mountain lion as a baby, and his parents, presuming him dead, named their next child after him. [[SubvertedTrope Then the mountain lion returned the first Darryl, because he couldn't hunt worth a darn.]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''
** Leroy Jethro Gibbs is named after a friend of his father's. Downplayed in the sense that his father's friend is still alive.
** Tony apparently named a ''[[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack fish]]'' after [[AnyoneCanDie Kate]].
** Ziva named her daughter [[MySecretPregnancy with Tony]] after her deceased sister Tali.
** When Delilah and Timothy [=McGee=] give birth to [[UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn twin babies]] in "Ready or Not", they name the boy Johnny, after [=McGee=]'s late father, and they name the girl Morgan, after a security guard [=McGee=] befriended with who was killed by a terrorist earlier that day.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek:
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' - Troi's temporary baby, Ian Andrew, after her deceased father.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' - Trip and T'Pol's temporary baby, Elizabeth, after Trip's recently murdered sister.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' - Final episode: Paris and Torres' last-minute baby, Miral, hence: BabiesEverAfter, after B'Elanna's dead mom.
*** And the (holographic) Doctor's last-minute name, Joe, in an aborted future timeline, which was the name of his new wife's grandfather.
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', Ling'er and Xiaoyao's daughter is named after Yue'Ru.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': The eponymous Dexter's son, who is born in season 4, is named Harrison after Dexter's adoptive father (although he's commonly nicknamed Harry, WordOfGod has stated that his full name is Harrison).
* In a ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, Teyla names her new baby "Torren" for her deceased father (and "John" for her teammate and rescuer though he's still very much alive.)
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** Henry is named after his adoptive mother's dead father. [[{{Patricide}} Whom she murdered.]]
** Snow and Charming name their son Neal, after their adult daughter's ex-boyfriend and the father of their grandson, whom they did not personally know very well but whose recent HeroicSacrifice had saved everyone in town.
** Zelena names her baby daughter after [[spoiler: Robin, who is killed by Hades shortly after everyone returns from the Underworld]].
* In ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Dr. Bailey gives her son Tucker the middle name George, as her husband wasn't present at the birth and George was the one who stood by her through it. Inverted though, as George's death didn't occur until a few seasons later and it was unplanned.
** Meredith and Derek's second daughter is named for her deceased mother, Ellis.
* Season 7 of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' had Marshall and Lily name their son Marvin after Marshall's father who died a year earlier.
* In Season 3 of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' Lady Sybil dies soon after childbirth and Branson names their daughter after her.
* Played with in an episode of season 3 of ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. When Lori's baby is born, [[spoiler: [[DeathByChildbirth killing her in the process]], and Rick [[SanitySlippage snaps]] and goes on a zombie-killing spree inside the prison,]] Carl and Daryl talk for a moment about the baby's name. Carl suggests the names of their fallen female friends, such as Amy or [[spoiler: Sophia,]] but doesn't decide on one in the end. A couple episodes later, Carl decides to name her Judith after his favorite school teacher, and Rick approves.
* Ryan tries this in ''Series/{{Castle}}'' when he thinks he and Esposito are going to die trapped in a building while his wife is in labor. He tells his wife to name their baby "Javier" if it's a boy, after his best friend. Esposito immediately counters with [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "You're going to name a white Irish kid 'Javier'?"]]
* Done rather horrifyingly on one episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds''. A couple lost their infant son Michael, and were unable to have more children. [[spoiler:They take to kidnapping young women who resemble the wife; the husband rapes the women until they are pregnant. If the woman gives birth to a girl, he murders her and abandons the baby at a church. If she gives birth to a boy, she's allowed to live (and be forced into another pregnancy). The baby boy is always named Michael.]]
* In Season 3 of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Lyla and John Diggle decided to name their newborn daughter Sara in honor of Sara Lance, the recently deceased ComicBook/BlackCanary. Then [[spoiler: Sara comes back to life]]. And then [[spoiler: Flash changes history and they never had a daughter, they've got a son named John Jr.]]
* The GrandFinale of ''Series/WhiteCollar'' revealed that the Burkes named their newborn son [[spoiler: Neal. However, the final scene reveals that Mr. Caffery faked his death]].
* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK''. DS Ronnie Brooks gushes to partner DS Matt Devlin about the birth of his grandson and the possibility of reconciling with his estranged daughter, minutes before Devlin is killed in a drive-by shooting, forever [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition juxtaposing one of the best moments of his life with one of the worst]]. (It really doesn't help that he considered Matt himself to be "like. . .''my'' son.") A year later, while spending the day with his other estranged daughter, they discuss the little boy and one of them off-handedly mentions that his name is "Matthew", obviously in memory of Matt.
* On ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', Nick's son is named "Kelly" in honor of Nick's recently killed mother.
* ''Series/CallTheMidwife''.
** Played with in one episode. The mother of the Baby of the Week wants to give her child the same name as her late mother, but her Chinese mother-in-law objects because, in her culture, [[ValuesDissonance naming a child after a dead person is considered unlucky]]. As a compromise, the child is given a name which sounds similar to the one the mother wanted to use.
** An accidental example occurs in a later episode. The mother of a newborn girl named her daughter Barbara, as she felt that the name was just "floating in the air". Nurse Barbara Hereward died of meningitis in the previous episode.
* In ''Series/{{Sons of Anarchy}}'', Tara names her son Thomas after Jax's deceased brother.
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', Martin Stein's newborn grandson is named Ronnie, after the deceased Ronnie Raymond, who was first partner as Firestorm.
** Later on, after Stein dies, Jefferson Jackson has a daughter whom he names Martina.
* In ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'''s revival seasons, [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Mark is dead]], but Darlene and David named their son after him. There's also DJ's daughter Mary, who was named after Nana Mary.

* In ''Theatre/StrangeInterlude'', Nina never gets over the fact that Gordon Shaw died in the war without leaving her with SomeoneToRememberHimBy. So when she gets married and has a son, she names him Gordon. He doesn't resemble his father Sam all that much, because Nina aborted Sam's baby and had one by Darrell instead.
* This is where most of the confusion comes from in ''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'': Thinking her son Antipholus is dead, she names her surviving son ([[SeparatedAtBirth his twin]])... Antipholus. Then she does the same to his servant, who also had a twin brother. Why the other kids had names and they didn't [[IdiotPlot is never explained]].
* Theatre/{{Mrs Hawking}} play series: Nathaniel's son is named Reginald Prescott Hawking II, after his beloved uncle the Colonel.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A common but strongly discouraged practice in roleplaying games is for the {{Munchkin}} to name their new character after their old dead character. If Dudefella gets croaked by an Orc, another character with the exact same skills named "Dudefella II" appears to replace him! How amazing!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/WildArms2'', the newborn babies of the protagonist Ashley and his Love interest Marina are named after their commander and his sister who [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed their lives]] near the end of the game.
* Part of the finale in the (intentionally corny) [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within a Game]] ''Lords and Ladies'' in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': [[WhiteMagicianGirl Yuna]] is named after Lady "Yunalesca", one of the most famous summoners of all time. Turns out that Yunalesca was and still is evil.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'': Welkin ends up naming his daughter Isara after his adopted sister who died in battle.
* Billy's name is never expanded upon in the original ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarez'' but in the [[VideoGame/CallOfJuarezBoundInBlood prequel]], we learn that Ray and Thomas [=McCall=] had a younger brother named William whom Ray killed but it was half Thomas' fault, as well. Obviously, Billy (who was born shortly after that) was named after him.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' has one of these in the Japanese version: It turned out that Ena had somehow gotten pregnant from her (now) deceased fiance, Rajaion (to be fair, they're both Dragons so the pregnancy probably took FAR longer than a normal human one). The child turned out to be a boy, and it's easy to guess what followed.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', Hector intends to invoke this in the epilogue of his story when he talks to the player, to name his first child after his brother Uther. It's averted because his wife ends up having a daughter, the MagicalGirlWarrior Lilina.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'': This is one of the three possible outcomes of the Gray/Clair/Tobin LoveTriangle. If both [[OfficialCouple Gray and Clair]] survive the war but [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse Tobin falls in battle]], after Clair helps Gray recover from [[DrowningMySorrows a deep drunken depression]] coming from his best friend's death, they marry and name their firstborn son after Tobin.
* Though it doesn't actually happen, in the ending of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2'', [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Excellen]] mentions to Kyosuke that she wants to get married and have a daughter named Alfimi/Alchimie. If you saw a certain hidden scene slightly earlier in the game, she instead says she wants two daughters, with the second being named Lemon. Both of these characters were clones/copies of Excellen, so it's only fitting that they be remembered as part of her family.
** An official {{Yonkoma}} adds to the joke by her say "If it's a son... how about [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Axel]]?" to which Kyosuke agrees.
* A villainous example is Purge Junior from ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Part 2''. He's Purge's son apparently and looks exactly like him. The awkward part? Purge is only 18 years old and he isn't really dead.
* The Revenge ending of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' has a post-credits gameplay phonecall from Roman, who insists that if his and Mallorie's coming child is a girl they'll name her after Niko's late love interest Kate, who was the victim of a drive-by shooting that hit their wedding.
* ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier2'': Given that Gustave was born of nobility, he's the thirteenth of his line, and a few other characters share his name.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the male Dwarf Noble Warden can have an OptionalSexualEncounter with a noble hunter [[note]](Dwarf women looking to increase their status through bearing a noble's son)[[/note]] very early in the game. Upon returning to Orzammar later, he will learn that she has borne him a child from that. If he helps her into nobility, he can decide to give the child a name. Among the choices are his own name, the name of his recently-deceased mentor, his dead older brother, his dead father, or his exiled Second.
*** If the Dwarf Noble names their son after their father, it's later revealed that Bhelen ''also'' names his son "Endrin" after their father [[note]] (despite Bhelen being rumoured to have had something to do with his death)[[/note]].
*** In the epilogue, it's observed that Arl Eamon, if his son Connor is killed during the Redcliffe arc, has another child with his wife Isolde. This second child is a girl and named Rowan, in memory of Eamon's late sister, the Queen.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the main character's brother Carver is revealed to be named after a Templar with whom his mage father had had a strong friendship. This is only mentioned in playthroughs where Hawke is a mage.
*** It's not stated in the game, but WordOfGod confirms that Carver's twin sister Bethany is named for their maternal grandmother, Bethann Amell, who died the same week they were born.
* The backstory to ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' informs us that there's a law in Hyrule for princesses to be named in honor of the "sleeping" Zelda in the game. As Link and Zelda are constantly reincarnated from previous bearers of the name, all but [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword the first Link and Zelda]] are this. That is, [[HelloInsertNameHere assuming Link is actually named "Link"]].
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', When Mordin sacrifices himself to cure the genophage, Wrex and Eve, if they're alive, plan on naming one of the children they're now sure to have after him.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Anduin Llane Wrynn, prince of Stormwind, gets his first name from Anduin Lothar, the leader of the Alliance in the second war (who was killed by Orgrim Doomhammer), and his middle name from his paternal grandfather Llane (who was assassinated by Garona).
** And in an alternate timeline, [[spoiler:Uther Menethil, son of Arthas and Jaina, is named for his father's deceased paladin mentor]].
* In the finale of ''VideoGame/UnterwegsInDuesterburg'', [[spoiler:Grandy and Libra name their child either Taria or Maltha depending on who didn't survive the fight against Wahnfried and the Dark God]].
* In the ''Pirates of the Savage Sea'' expansion of ''Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic VI'', Crag Hack's campaign ends with him reconciling with Jon Morgan, the paladin pursuing him whom he earlier discovered was his son by his late former lover Anne "Spitfire" Morgan. Jon reveals that he's about to become a father himself. Crag suggests the name "Anne" if the baby is a girl. Jon says he and his wife already agreed to do that, but warns his father that his wife insists on naming the baby after ''her'' father Rufus (a baron Crag once humiliated in the past) if he's a boy. Crag is rather surprised to discover that his son married the daughter of an old foe of his.
* Parodied in ''Videogame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', where after Rhys' Loader Bot [[HoldTheLine Holds The Line]] so he and Vaughn can get away, Rhys states that he will name his first born Loader Bot in honor of his sacrifice.
-->'''Rhys''': ... Or maybe not.
* The Good Ending to an unused version of Shizune's arc in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' have Shizune and Hisao discussing future baby names. They talk about naming their future daughter after Shiina Mikado, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname better known]] as "Misha", who was DrivenToSuicide in the third act of the arc.
* In one ending of ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' [[spoiler: Sigma and Diana]] name one of their children after [[spoiler: Phi, their dead friend and teammate]]. Taken UpToEleven since [[spoiler: Baby!Phi and Adult!Phi are the ''same person''. Time travel is involved. [[MindScrew It's complicated]].]]
* Dynasties in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' will frequently recycle the names of fathers and grandfathers (as rulers of the time frequently did), which can have unforeseen consequences if you gave a character a joke name. It also covers regnal names such as those used by Catholic popes: one player reported a son of a pope (from a marriage predating his investiture as a bishop) naming his son Honorius after grandpa.
* In ''VideoGame/WhatRemainsOfEdithFinch'', Edith mentions that her mother once told her if she had been a boy, her name would have been Gus, after her mom's younger brother.
* ''[[VideoGame/GearsOfWar Gears of War 4]]'' stars JD Fenix, the son of former protagonist Marcus Fenix. The D stands for Dominic, as in Dominic Santiago, Marcus's former {{Bash Brother|s}} who committed a HeroicSacrifice in ''Gears of War 3''.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4'': Kratos eventually reveals he named his son Atreus after a Spartan soldier who was a friend of his and sacrificed his life to save his comrades.

* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Bill Heterodyne named his son "Klaus Barry" after his younger brother and his best friend Klaus Wulfenbach. Over two years after Klaus vanished, mind you, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070810 as the old family seneschal takes pains to make clear]]. Considering Lucrezia was ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041206#.VwV6rfkrLIU very]]'' close to Klaus before he went missing, this was something that apparently needed to be pointed out quite often.
* [=Davan McIntire=] of ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' is named for his grandfather's cousin, who was killed quite graphically in the early 1940s. The elder Davan was also the star of a SpinOff strip running 70 years in the past, though it's been dormant for years. Davan's father Fred also had a wife and son who were killed prior to his marrying Davan's mother, and some fans thought that perhaps Davan was named for his dead half-brother; the author of the comic basically said that was too twisted even for his work.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Grace Scuridae, named after her "grandpa's" dead daughter, who was also one of her gene donors.
* ''Webcomic/AndersLovesMaria'': Anders' daughter is named after her mother, who died in childbirth.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', Sil'lice named her twins Kau and Shala after her son Kau'shala, who died in the Nidraa'chal War.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2010/05/24/issue-3-webpage-36/ Colindra was named for her grandmother]].
* A WholeEpisodeFlashback in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' reveals that Antimony was named after her great-grandmother, who died when Surma's mother was a child [[spoiler: since that's how the fire elemental lineage works]].
* When Zoë from ''Webcomic/VenusEnvy'' came out as transgender and wanted to transition, her parents went through several names. They ended up going with Zoë, her maternal grandmother's name. It's never outright said that she's deceased, but it's implied.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s first really big TearJerker came when it's revealed that [[spoiler:after Fry became a HumanPopsicle and his family assumed he was dead, his older brother Yancy named his son after him]].
** Meta example: The character of Fry himself is one as he's named after Creator/PhilHartman, whom the creators wanted to voice [[CasanovaWannabe Zapp Brannigan]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the sequel series to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the show's main couple, Aang and Katara are revealed to have had three children, two of which were named after people they knew and cared about: Kya (Katara's mother) and Bumi (Aang's friend).
** Their third child, Tenzin, is a {{meta}} example: both he and Aang's ParentalSubstitute, Gyatso, are both named after the 14th Dalai Lama. It's unknown if there's an in-universe connection between those names, though.
** The character Mako isn't named after someone who died in-universe. He's named after {{Creator/Mako}}, a voice actor for the previous series that died during production.
** General Iroh, Zuko's grandson, is named after Zuko's uncle Iroh.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' spoofs this while at the same time providing a possible explanation for one of the show's most famous running gags. In one episode, Kenny's mother announces she is pregnant, which causes Kenny to become extremely worried that he is being replaced. By the end of the episode, Kenny has died ([[TheyKilledKennyAgain as usual]]) and his mom delivers a son who looks exactly like him. In honor of their departed son, they name the baby Kenny. At which point Kenny's dad remarks that "this is like the fiftieth time this has happened." To which his wife replies, "Fifty-second." And if you're wondering how come baby Kenny is an eight-year-old Kenny again? Don't worry, there was another episode that explained THAT too.
* A combination of this, WeNamedTheMonkeyJack, and RunningGag occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' cartoon, where the turtles name every friendly Ceratopsid they meet in the Cretaceous Period after Zog, their fallen Triceraton ally.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Subverted. The episode that shows how [[ExtremeDoormat Woodhouse]] came to be the Archer's butler has him running a seedy bar in Tangiers after drifting around the world in grief over Reggie, his commanding officer in the British Air Force during UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarI}}W1, [[HoYay who he was very close to]]. It's this bar that VERY pregnant secret agent Mallory Archer stumbles into proclaiming that people are trying to kill her and her water just broke. She gives birth to her son Sterling there on the bar, and after she names him after a silver rattle that someone had traded for his bar tab, Woodhouse asks if she would give him the middle name "Reggie". Mallory laughs and says no, because the name is "too gay". Instead, she makes his middle name Mallory after herself.
* The cat owned by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is named "Snowball II" after a similar cat who died after being hit by a car. One episode was actually about Snowball II dying as a result of her being hit by another car, and being replaced by Snowballs III and IV, who both died as well (the former drowned, while the latter fell out of a window). The episode ends with Lisa coming upon a black cat that looked ''exactly'' like Snowball II and names it Snowball V, but then changes her mind and decides to call the cat Snowball II "to save on a new cat dish." Principal Skinner witnesses the whole thing and comments that that's cheating, but after Lisa retorts, "I guess you're right, [[StatusQuoIsGod Principal Tamzarian]]" he quickly gives in.
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} with the titular protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. He gets his middle name, Quartz, from his mother, Rose Quartz, [[DeathByChildbirth who gave up her physical form in order for Steven to be born.]]
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was named after his maternal grandfather, who is implied to be deceased based on the context. (Presumably the same is true of Arnold's [[CountryCousin cousin Arnie]], who seems to be on his mother's side.)
* Done subtley and retroactively in ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman''. Bojack shares a very similar name to his mother's brother, Crackerjack, who was introduced in season 4 but died in World War Two long before the events of the show.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* One example is UsefulNotes/DanQuayle, whose full name is James Danforth Quayle -- Danforth was the last name of a friend of Quayle's father. Said friend died in battle during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and Dan was named in honor of him.
* Ever wondered why there have been so many kings named Louis in France and George or Edward in Great Britain? (among others...)
** Henry is also popular for English/British monarchs. For the record, the most recent kings with these names were Henry VIII, Edward VIII, and George VI. There were also two Edwards and one Henry that apparently don't count in the numbering (Edward the Martyr, Edward the Confessor, and Henry the Young King). There have also been two Edmunds and two Edgars, making "Ed" the clear favorite.
*** You forgot Edward the Elder, the first of the name (ruled 899-924). (The Kings of Wessex, although ruling a smaller area, are the direct predecessors of the Kings of England.) He was also the cognatic ancestor of all future King Edwards.
*** The unnumbered Eds were all Saxon kings before William I "The Conqueror". The pre-Norman Kings of England are never numbered. Henry the Young King isn't numbered because he was never truly king, being crowned as an associate king to his father, Henry II, but dying before him (he's known as "The Young King" because he wasn't even 30 when he died).
*** It may be worth mentioning that George VI was actually named Albert Frederick Arthur George and was ''called'' (by the family) Bertie. He deliberately chose George as his regnal name to emphasize continuity with the reign of his father George V. He was named Albert after his grandfather though, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, best known as the dead husband of Queen Victoria. George VI was actually born on the anniversary of Prince Albert's death, and his birth is what finally brought Victoria out of mourning, making him a double version, with a dash of ReplacementGoldfish to boot.
*** Queen Victoria actually insisted to all nine of her children that ''every grandchild'' had to have either Albert (for boys) or Victoria (for girls) as one of their middle names. Since the majority of her grandchildren were born after the death of her husband, all of them who had a middle name of Albert fit this trope.
** A more extreme example is Denmark, which for over five centuries alternated Fredericks and Christians, each named after their grandfathers. Five centuries and counting. They keep naming them that.
** In The Netherlands, all kings and most Stadtholders have been named Willem. The next king will be Willem IV, and the first king (Willem I) was Willem VI before being crowned. There even was a Wilhelmina somewhere down the line, and technically a French guy named, of course, Louis.
** Taken to its logical extreme by the German princes of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuß Reuß]]. Since about 1200 every male member of the family has been named ''Heinrich''.
** How about Hellenistic Egypt, where almost every royal boy was named Ptolemy and every girl was Cleopatra. The most famous Cleopatra had a mother, sister, and daughter who shared her name, and her father, two brothers, and two sons had the name Ptolemy. Her third son was named Alexander, after Alexander the Great.
** The Ptolemy princesses who were not named Cleopatra were all named either Berenice or Arsinoe.
* The Romans were wonderfully uncreative in naming their children. Upper class Roman families had about 2 dozen first names to choose from. To give just one example, the famous Julius Caesar's ''praenomen'' (given name, more or less) was Gaius, which he shared with his father and grandfather. And an adopted great-great-grandson better known as [[TheCaligula Caligula]]. This feature can make Roman history just a little confusing.
** There's also the interesting little quirk about female naming in Roman society. A daughter's praenomen was the feminine of her father's last name. If the father was named Cornelius, for example, his first born daughter would be named Cornelia. If he had a string of daughters they would also be named Cornelia but would receive a second qualifying praenomen of "Secunda" "the second." and so on. This got really complicated when several men named Cornelius all had daughters, so they all got nicknames, like Cornelia Africana, Julia Caesaris or Caecilia Merula.
* Needless to say, this happens in a lot of families. More confusingly, it's not uncommon for children to be named after people who are alive and well, often resulting in six generations in a row of boys called John.
** This is something that can often drive genealogists to distraction. But, given our interest in family history, we often do it ourselves. Oops.
** Mix-and-match variations on the same first and middle names cuts down on the confusion somewhat. However, having a Christopher, a Christian, a Kristina, and a Crystal (for example) who are all first cousins, all respond to "Chris", and are about the same age is confusing for everyone.
* A tragic case in the documentary ''Boy Interrupted'': The director's fifteen-year-old son Evan Scott Perry was DrivenToSuicide by mental illness. Evan was apparently named in honor of the director's brother Scott, who was also driven to suicide by mental illness about 10 years earlier. In a heart-wrenching scene, Evan is buried with his namesake uncle while the elderly mother of the director wonders why her ''son'' is dead.
* In some Italian families, family tradition indicates that the reason Italian families were so big was because they had to have at least two sons - one to be named for each of the parents' fathers. This meant that they had to have at least three sons to be able to introduce a new name.
** This is the case for Irish families as well, according to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki]] - "the first son is named after the father's father, the second son after the mother's father, the third son after the father, the first daughter after the mother's mother, the second daughter after the father's mother, the third daughter after the mother."
** Still very much true among large families in Ireland where it's not uncommon to have several grandchildren sharing their grandfathers and grandmothers name. In fact due to most Irish names having both a masculine and feminine version this isn't limited by the children's gender. With families tending to be smaller nowadays it's also not uncommon for sons to simply gain their father's name.
*** This is often invoked with the Confirmation names taken by every Catholic child in Ireland when they are confirmed. Usually, you'll take the name of a saint, or somebody close to you who has died. However, because a lot of Irish people are named after saints, especially the older generation, it often ends up being both.
* It's a common practice among Ashkenazi Jews to name babies after recently deceased relatives, it's a way of honoring the memory of a person. Historically, it was actually considered bad luck to name a baby after a still-living relative, ''especially'' an elderly one -- the reasoning being that it might confuse the [[TheGrimReaper Angel of Death]] at the moment of the namesakeís death, resulting in the child being taken instead.
* Poet Laureate of England, Alfred Lord Tennyson, named his greatest poem and his son after his departed friend Arthur Henry Hallam.
* Pope John Paul II, who took that name after his predecessor (John Paul I) who died one month after being elected.
** And John Paul I took his name from his two predecessors, Paul VI and John XXIII.
* Former Wisconsin Attorney General Bronson La Follette, the son of U.S. Senator Robert M. La Follette, Jr., was named after his father's friend and Senate colleague Bronson M. Cutting of New Mexico, who died in an airplane crash a few months before the birth.
* It's also a common tradition among old Southern families in America, especially give girls their female relatives' maiden names so the family names won't be lost.
** Seems to be a not uncommon tradition among old New Englander families in America to give boys their mothers' maiden names for a middle name, especially if their mothers had no brothers.
* Many, many pet owners do this, naming a new pet after one that has just died/become lost.
* Inuit society used to (and some possibly still do) do this; names were not gender specific and it was believed the dead were reincarnated in the next birth, so the new baby was named after the last relative to have died.
* Lenny Kravitz was named after his uncle, PFC Leonard Kravitz. Said uncle had a DyingMomentOfAwesome when he held off a Chinese ZergRush in the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar with a .30 Cal, allowing his company to withdraw safely. His Distinguished Service Cross upgraded to a Medal of Honor in 2014 after years of campaigning from a childhood friend.
* Surrealist painter Creator/SalvadorDali was named after his older brother, who died at the age of one and a half, nine months before he was born. Like everything, discovering this was a traumatic experience for young Salvador (Jr.).
* [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton William Jefferson Clinton]]'s biological father, William Jefferson Blythe III, wasn't alive to see his birth.
* Averted in Asian countries (especially China), where intentionally naming your child after dead (or living) relatives is taboo, as Confucianism places a high importance in maintaining a strict familial hierarchy, naming a child after someone else in the family is seen as trying to falsely elevate or debase that child to a ranking that he or she does not belong. Intentionally naming your child after non-relatives is not taboo'd by still considered to be in bad taste. People who want to honour someone generally have to mask their intent with poetic and indirect allusions.
* ''Kabuki'' actors who are members of great acting lineages exchange their stage names (usually associated with specific roles) for new ones or pass them down to their successors in ceremonies called ''shūmei''. For example, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichikawa_Danjuro_XII Ichikawa Danjuro XII]] (the heir to a name going back to the original Ichikawa Danjūrō, who died in 1704) was born in 1946 to Ichikawa Danjūrō XI as as Natsuo Horikoshi, and was known as Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI and Ichikawa Ebizō X before taking his final last name at a ''shūmei'' in 1986.
* Creator/VinDiesel and his girlfriend named their third child, a daughter, Pauline after Vin's ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' co-star Creator/PaulWalker, who had recently died in a car accident.
* Creator/MayaRudolph's youngest daughter, Minnie, is named after Rudolph's mother, singer Minnie Riperton. "Minnie" is also the middle name of Rudolph's oldest daughter, Pearl.