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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Other breeds were named for something else special about them.