|Ask Rabbi Simmons|
My wife and I are of the Ashkenazic faith. We would like to name our son after his deceased grandmother, but my cousin has already named her daughter after her. Can we "share" the honor of naming him after my grandmother, or do we need to pick another name.
You can definitely name after the grandmother, even though others may have already honored her memory by doing so.
This is a great honor to the deceased, because its soul can achieve an elevation based on the good deeds of the namesake. The child, meanwhile, can be inspired by the good qualities of the deceased -- and make a deep connection to the past.
You should pick a boy's name that has similar letters contained in her Hebrew name.With blessings from Jerusalem,
Rabbi Shraga Simmons