On 10/20/05, Thomas Wier <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Many cultures find the idea of giving
> their child a reused name abhorrent; aside from not moving to those
> countries, they would seem to be out of luck.
This is true; I am told (by Jewish friends) that Jews have specific
superstitions against it.
Well, sort of. Ashkenazic Jews have a tradition of only naming
children after *dead* ancestors; therefore, giving a child the same
name as someone who is still alive is considered to be a sort of death
curse on the one so "honored". Sephardic Jews, I'm told, have no
such tradition and readily name children after living relatives.
When I wrote the above, I was thinking more along the lines of traditions where a brand new name is created for each child.