Last fall, we lost a baby boy at about 20 week. I named him Andrew Charles for my husband and grandfather. All of my children are named for people I admire. Now that I know I'm having another boy, I'm struggling not to think of this baby as Andrew. There was very little time between pregnancies and I have found myself thinking of this baby as Andrew several times in the week that I've known. I think naming this little boy will help with that, only I'm really having a hard time with it. In the Bible, Andrew's brother is Simon Peter. Because names are a very important part of my family (I love family tree research and do it as often as time allows), do you think it would be difficult for a child to grow up being named for a brother he never knew? I wouldn't use Andrew's name again - that belongs to him. But part of me likes the link between Andrew and Simon or Peter. Part of me also thinks that's asking a lot of kid... to grow up in a family where name origins are discussed and known and to carry on a reminder of a baby who wasn't meant to be.
I'd love honest opinions from strangers on this. Everyone around me is a little afraid to commit one way or the other because I'm still a little fragile about losing Andrew. (Okay, depending on the day, I'm still a LOT fragile.) SO be honest, please.
How are other people choosing names? Do other people choose family names or are you going with names you have other connections to?