A namesake is a person named after another, or more broadly, a thing (such as a company, place, ship, building, or concept) named after a person. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a namesake is also defined as "a person or thing having the same name as another".
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The word is first recorded in the mid-17th century, and probably comes
from the phrase "for [the, my, his, her] name's sake".
In general, the second recipient of a name, named for the first, is
said to be the namesake of the first. The attribution can, however, go
in the opposite direction, with namesake referring to the original
holder of the name (the eponym).
Strictly speaking, a namesake is only a person named for another
person—i.e., for the sake of the other's name, to keep it alive.
Many dictionaries, however, following colloquial usage, acknowledge
that things as well as persons may be or have namesakes, and
(usually in a secondary definition) that the other for whom the person
(or thing) is named, strictly the latter's eponym, may be called its
Naming a child after a relative, friend, or well-known person is a
common practice in the English-speaking world. When a son is named for
his father, it is customary (primarily in the United States) to add
"Jr.", "III'", or another name suffix to the name of the son (and
sometimes "Sr." or a prior number to the father's name), in order to
distinguish between individuals; especially if both father and son
become famous, as in the case of poet, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., and
his son, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., an Associate Justice of the United
States Supreme Court. Sometimes the "Jr." or "Sr." suffix is applied
even when the child's legal name differs from that of the parent.
One notable example is that of the singer Hiram King Williams, known
professionally as Hank Williams, and his son Randall Hank Williams,
known professionally as
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