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Naming Patterns - does this make sense? THANKS!!

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Rachel Report 20 Oct 2006 17:27

see below


Rachel Report 20 Oct 2006 17:28

Have found a couple (late 18th centary, Suffolk) with 4 children but now looking for their parents. Have found likely couples but can't be sure. (all from IGI - extracted) I have: Head:- Kingsby Huntley Wife:- Elizabeth Boyce Children:- 1) Kingsby Huntley 2) Edmund Boyce Huntley 3) Thomas Huntley 4) Pheobe Huntley I think the couples Parents are Thomas and Elizabeth. AND Edmund and Pheobe Boyce. If I've got this right I have 1st Son - Father 2nd Son - Mother's Father 3rd Son - Father's Father 1st Dau - Mother's Mother Is this possable or likely??

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 20 Oct 2006 17:51

Anything is possible but this is a passage re. naming patterns copied from a Google search.... The first son was named after the father's father The second son was named after the mother's father The third son was named after the father The fourth son was named after the father's eldest brother The first daughter after the mother's mother The second daughter after the father's mother The third daughter after the mother The fourth daughter after the mother's eldest sister Gwyn


Joy Report 20 Oct 2006 18:12


English Naming Traditions

1st son = father's father
2nd son = mother's father
3rd son = father
4th son = father's 2nd oldest brother or mother's oldest brother
1st daughter = mother's mother
2nd daughter = father's mother
3rd daughter = mother
4th daughter = mother's oldest sister
5th daughter = mother's 2nd oldest sister or father's oldest sister

I understand that Welsh is the same as English


The Scottish custom is
1st son after father's father
2nd son after mother's father
3rd son after father
The rest ... the postman, the vicar, the milkman, ..., anyone else
they could think of.
1st daughter after mother's mother
2nd daughter after father's mother
3rd daughter after mother,
others ... whatever.


Irish Naming Traditions

Son after father's father
Second son after mother's father
Third son after father
Fourth son after father's oldest brother
Fifth son after mother's oldest brother

First daughter after mother's mother (or father's mother)
Second daughter after father's mother (or mother's mother)
Third daughter after mother
Fourth daughter after mother's oldest sister
Fifth daughter after father's oldest sister

An Olde Crone

An Olde Crone Report 20 Oct 2006 20:15

Lancashire folk followed this tradition too, but beware the odd rich relative/godparent/esteemed employer slipping in there! Naming patterns are a useful clue, not a strict recipe. OC


Lancsliz Report 21 Oct 2006 11:29

Am bookmarking for useful info - thanks. Liz


Ann Report 21 Oct 2006 15:07

Bumped up for Rosalyn


Joy Report 1 Nov 2006 10:57



Joy Report 31 Mar 2010 16:36

Found for Lesley :-)


InspectorGreenPen Report 31 Mar 2010 18:28

This is a seriously old thread...... It even has my real name on it which I no longer want to be visible on GR.

I have now deleted my post, but please be very careful about resurrecting threads which are almost four years old as it can cause problems.


Joy Report 3 Apr 2010 11:12

Seriously old, but useful :-)

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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 3 Apr 2010 11:38

Thanks Joy. :)


Joan Report 3 Apr 2010 16:33

Did the Scottish system also include the mothers maiden name as a middle name too for All the children?


The Meercat

The Meercat Report 4 Apr 2010 11:40

does anyone know when the naming pattern died out.

very interesting thread by the way.



Joy Report 17 Apr 2010 19:19

That applies to English certainly, including the Mother's maiden name.

Thank you, Meercat.
The Irish naming pattern was totally ignored by my Irish great-great-uncle. He married in 1885.

The Meercat

The Meercat Report 25 Apr 2010 19:36

my family couldnt do the fathers name pattern bit because they never knew their fathers half the times.



Joy Report 28 Apr 2010 15:38

That makes life very difficult at times for researchers.


Joy Report 5 Oct 2010 21:44

Very useful naming patterns :-)


wellybobs Report 5 Oct 2010 21:52

Thanks, extremely useful, Glad I looked at this post. It helps explain for me why members of the same family, ie brother, sister all called the family with similar names
thanks again. M.


mgnv Report 5 Oct 2010 22:12

There must have been family arguments about what the naming pattern was:

Marriages Jun 1936 (>99%)
Powell Hilda L A G A M A V Long Medway 2a 2340 [image says 2540 - correction sub'ed]