In my family, the oldest male child gets the OFFICIAL family name and is expected to go into a 'service' profession, which, since the Civil War, has been the Army. That's just the way it is, so I was 'prepped' by my Father, who was not the oldest but was in WWII, and I did. My oldest son, who has a name extremely close to mine, decided he was going to be a cop, which is just fine with me. Now HIS SON, who also just happens to have a very similar name, is all ready at ten years old to be a cop, and can't wait !! BUT, I did break tradition in one way - The OFFICIAL family name was the standard first name, Richard, and then your Mother's maiden name. My Dad married a German woman so my name was quite a handful !! I couldn't spell it correctly until I was in the 4th or 5th grade. THEN I also married a woman of German heritage, so, we skipped the Mother's maiden name thing when we named our first son. As a side note, 3 of my 4 kids are now in professions of service, from teaching to working in a children's hospital. The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree !!
Semi-Retired Army SFC.