# 2781 And the Name Is…

Q. Can a Ben Torah give the name of a recently deceased uncle to his newborn child. The uncle was not frum at all, but he was very helpful and loving to his nephew and as Hakoras Hatov he wants to give the baby his name. Is that correct and advisable?
A. There is great importance in the giving of a name to a newborn in Jewish tradition and the names should be carefully chosen as the y have an immeasurable effect on the spiritual development of the child
One of the most important principles in our religion that we must very clearly understand, is that it is all based on Hakoras Hatov. Not only to the other ones we benefited from, including even inanimate entities, but most importantly to have Hakoras Hatov to our Creator. So there is no doubt, that recognition and thankfulness should be given to the deceased uncle, especially if the family expects that his name should be given to the newborn. However, one may add a second name to the baby that also honors a Talmid Hacham in the family. (See also question 2512).
Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is similar.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a.

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