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name for American English

Meaning: If you name somebody for someone else, you give them the same name.

Synonym: name after

For example:

  • name sb/sth for sb/sth When Bill and Jenny named their son for the revolutionary fighter Che Guevara, their parents thought they were crazy. But now they like the name "Che".

  • sb/sth will be named for sb/sth The new concert hall in Harlem will be named for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. It'll be called "The James Brown Memorial Hall".

Note: "Name after" is the British and Australian equivalent.

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Clair and Ben named their daughter for Clair's grandmother Grace, so they are both called
  1. Clair
  2. Grace
  3. Granny

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