My son is named after my father and other men in my family going back over 150 years. Now his name, first and middle, are predominately given to girls. I asked him if it bothered him when he was younger he says nope. He knew who he was named for and is proud of the family history. He and his wife are expecting their first child. They recently found out their baby is a boy and the family name, first anyway, will carry on.
That’s cool. All of my boys have one of their names after someone in the family, and then one of their names that is not. I opted not to do a junior mostly because my husband wasn’t a junior so one of my sons has his first name as first name and another has his middle name as a middle name. The youngest has my father’s name as his middle name. I think it’s nice when people pass down family names but I also understand when people don’t want to, naming kids is a very personal and somewhat difficult thing.
On the other hand I totally don’t understand people who give their kids really odd names like Apple, and don’t understand people who just make up names like they are naming a pet. I went thru that stage when I was in Jr High. Glad I didn’t have kids when I was 13! LOL
Forgot to add that I think family names are more customary here in the South.