…but I only just found out that the name of Britney’s younger sister, Jami Lynn, is a portmanteau of the names of the parents, Jamie and Lynne. How on earth Britney missed out on either parent’s name is unknown. Perhaps they met in Brittany.
I get the appeal of family names passed down through generations. My own children have their grandparents’ names as middle names. But I find the idea of giving a child exactly the same name as a parent rather … possessive. I can see that it might briefly seem like a cute idea, but to me it seems kinda creepy. Passing on a name from an older generation is about honouring ancestors and familial continuity, naming a child after yourself seems to be more about stamping ownership and expectations.
The Spears parents don’t even have the excuse of it being a family tradition, as the internet means that I can easily check the names of all four of Jamie Lynn’s grandparents. Sure, there is the American tradition of naming sons after their fathers (and younger sons after grandfathers and uncles) so that you ended up not only with young men named Junior but also young men nicknamed Chip, Trip/Trey, Skip, Ivy/Dru and Quint, etc., but that tradition is a northeastern one, not a Southern one, and besides these nicknames themselves are testament to the wish for people not to be habitually called by the exact same name as someone else in their family.
I guess at least giving a daughter a portmanteau name from both her parents is about a child being a blend of both parents, and not just some “chip off the old block”. The whole idea still kinda gives me the creeps though.