be named for (someone or something)

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be named for (someone or something)

To be given the same name as someone or something else. It's a bit unusual, but their daughter is named for a river in Tahiti. Their new line of electric cars was named for a famous 19th-century inventor. I was named for my grandfather on my mother's side.
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I am named for my mother's mother, Delia, or as I often reminded my mom, I have the name my grandmother was given when she landed at Ellis Island just after the turn of the twentieth century.
I am the son of a gentle, well-educated, mainline Presbyterian pastor, and I am named for the founder of Scottish Presbyterianism.