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Okay girls, I have heard so many different name myths and shoulds and should nots. I have always been told and lived by not naming a child after someone living. Idea/belief behind this that when the archangel comes to get(sorry lack of a better word) that person, they may grab the wrong person. Now living in Connecticut I have heard sooooo many stories and different versions I am so confused. My Rabbi just laughed when I asked her. What do you girls think???? Blessings B
Well, Ashkenazi Jews don't name after living relatives. I've heard the same explanation you did, but I really want to ask a rabbi about it. It doesn't really sound ok to me because hebrew names go "this son/daughter of that". Even if I name a dd after my living grandmother it wouldn't be the same name unless our mother/father also shared the same name, KWIM? I'll ask anyway.
Sepharadic Jews do name after living relatives, usually a grandparent. It isn't that common to name after a parent, though.
Dittos, I have heard all the same things, but it is not a rule, just a tradition. Also, it's traditional to use the first letter of someone's name to name after, like if your father is deceased and his name was Steven, if you name your son Sam, you can say he is named after your father. I never really thought that made sense, but as far as I'm aware, that's how it goes.