To "carry on a namesake" can mean many different things. I'm named after both of my grandmothers, and carrying on a family name is a nice tradition I think I'll honor too. It could be that you resemble or act like a past family member. It could also be carrying on the last name through male lineage, and in Alfred's case, carrying on an entire name belonging to four other people that came before him. Meet Alfred the 5th.
When Alfred the 4th and Sarah Katherine found out they were having a boy there was no question what his name would be. The only question was what will we call him since there will be four out of five people alive with the same name... and in the same room together pretty frequently... Of course all the cousins and my family had suggestions for funny nicknames but the easiest and the one that caught on was "Baby Alfred." And he is a little version of his dad with red hair, dog-loving, observant with his bright colored eyes, and has a closet that would make any Ole Miss alum proud.
Baby Alfred will be 1 in May, and seeing him now he's no longer the baby from his nursery newborn shoot. No longer are Alfred 4 and Sarah Katherine nervous new parents trying to figure out how to hold him, the bottle, AND the burp rag all at the same time. Jumping at every little cough or coo, checking to see if he needs something. We now have a crawler figuring out his independence in tiny jeans, a baseball hat, and the cutest sneakers. Nowadays I hug him and call him my little frat boy before he wants to be put down to go explore.
I know they don't stay little forever but it's been fun watching you come into your own Alfred the 5th.