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Category: Gender
Subject: No ";Junior" women?
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Why don't more women name their children after themselves, and why aren't there more women with "Jr." after their names, like men?
Posted:5/20/2008
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Steve , Jacksonville, FL, United States , male , white/Caucasian
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Category: Gender
Subject: The Family Business
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I think this relates back to the tradition of a family business or trade - where a father passes the business on to his son. Many businesses were named "Johnson and Sons," etc. I'm presuming that the practice of naming the son the same as the father also came from this practice, and to to preserve special names in the family, and that "Senior" and "Junior" terms were used to denote which John Smith a person wished to speak with.

Posted:7/28/2008
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Paula C, Wellington, NA, New Zealand , 40 , Female , Christian , White/Caucasian , Straight , Over 4 Years of College , Upper middle class
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Category: Gender
Subject: "maiden" name
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the Jr. signifies that there is a Sr. of the same name, of *exactly* the same name. Since historically, females were required to assume their owners...er, I mean their HUSBANDS...surname, there would be no point in having a female "junior" because after marriage, she wouldn't share the name anymore.

Posted:5/10/2011
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Merry Dobbins, Dallas, GA, United States , Female , Agnostic , White/Caucasian , Lower middle class
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Category: Gender
Subject: What'd the point be?
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The term ‘junior’ is only correctly used if a child is given exactly the same name as his or her parent. Society still expects that women will give up their so-called "maiden" name for that of the husband, which would nullify the reason for having the suffix in the first place.

why women don't name their girl babies after themselves more...my theory is that we don't have the responsibility of "carrying on the family name" so we don't feel the same need for continuity as men.

Posted:10/13/2008
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Mara D, Dallas, GA, United States , Female , Agnostic , White/Caucasian , Straight , data manager , 2 Years of College , Middle class
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Category: Gender
Subject: same-named children
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I was named for my Mom (first and middle name), and it turned out to be a headache! I was quickly given a nickname with in my family's circle of friends, however throughout school, I was Anne (my Mom's name). I again took my nickname when my Mom and I worked at the same business, however my legal name stayed the same. At one point, we lived at the same address, worked at the same business and had the same name (although I was called something else), so when we checked out our credit history, my Mom had 2 of every credit card, and I had no credit history!

I would never do it to my kid, boy or girl. As to why girls aren't Jr. I just don't know!

Posted:7/25/2008
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Anne C, Indy, IN, United States , 49 , Female , White/Caucasian , Straight , High School Diploma , Middle class
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