name (someone or something) after (someone or something)

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name (someone or something) after (someone or something)

To give someone or something the same name as someone or something else. It's a bit unusual, but they named their daughter after a river in Tahiti. They named their line of electric cars after a famous 19th-century inventor. I named my son after his grandfather on his mother's side.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

name someone after (someone else)

 and name someone for someone else
to give someone (usually a baby) the name of another person. We named our baby after my aunt. My parents named me for my grandfather.
See also: after, name
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

name after

Also, name for. Give someone or something the name of another person or place. For example, They named the baby after his grandfather, or The mountain was named for President McKinley.
See also: after, name
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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