Here is my predicament… I’ve been backed into a corner with carrying on my husband’s name (neither he or I feel one way or the other about) but feel obligated to at least give it a try. The name is Thomas Kirkpatrick IV. This little guy would/could be a 4th generation. My husband goes by T. Kirk or Kirk, his father goes by Tom and most recently TK. I don’t want two Kirk’s in the house… are there general 4th generation names like there are for 3rd generations?
Any ideas that are new and different from the above. Thanks!
Ooo, we had a good talk about this awhile back: Nicknames for the Fourth (IV). The comments section came up with some really good ideas.
It's too bad your father-in-law is taking Tom and also TK, because TK would be a great nickname for your little guy and an excellent resolution to the problem. Here's my new rule: men who are part of a naming tradition may only use ONE of the limited available nicknames for the shared name.
Well, since TK is indeed taken, my first suggestion is that you use Thomas. Little boys named Thomas used to go by Tom, but now they tend to go by Thomas.
He could also go by Tom, like his grandpa: that would be a little confusing at occasional times, but not too bad.
He could also go by Patrick, the second half of Kirkpatrick since the first half is already taken.
He could also go by T.: my brother has a friend who goes by T., and it's a natural and easy nickname that's cute on a little boy and cool on an older boy. Again, it's too bad your husband is using two of the available nicknames, but if YOU call your husband Kirk, then T. would work for your son. It's mostly the household that needs separate names for each other.
Any other suggestions for Gwen?