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Naming a baby after his Christian grandfather

I am a Muslim man and I am married to a Catholic Christian woman. We love each other but the issue is that she wants to name our baby boy “Ahmad Octavio”. Octavio is her father’s name and she loves him very much. Is this permissible?

Answer

Islam did not stipulate us to give certain names to our children, though it does require us to give them good names with beautiful meanings. This implies that we must refrain from names with bad meanings such as names of idols that are worshipped instead of God Almighty, names are repulsive in nature, or those that may cause embarrassment to a person.

Furthermore, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) encouraged us to give beautiful names for our children. Abu Dawud reported through Abu al-Dardaa that the Prophet said, “You will be called on the Day of Judgment with your names and your father’s names so choose good names for yourselves.”
And God Almighty knows best.