Phrasal Verbs

name for

This page is about the phrasal verb name for

American English


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


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".

"Name after" is the British and Australian equivalent.


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

a. Clair

b. Grace

c. Granny

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