Genealogy

 

 

 

~ Old Naming Patterns ~

 

Before the 17th Century...

The first son was named after the fatherís father.

The second son was named after the motherís father.

The third son was named after the father.

The fourth son was named after the fatherís eldest brother.

The first daughter was named after the motherís mother.

The second daughter was named after the fatherís mother.

The third daughter was named after the mother.

The fourth daughter was named after the motherís eldest sister.

 

Scottish and early Dutch 1700-1800Ö

First daughter was named for her maternal grandmother.

Second daughter was named for her paternal grandmother.

Third daughter was named after her mother.

Other daughters were named after other family members.

First son was named after his paternal (sometimes maternal) grandfather.

Second son was named after his maternal (sometimes paternal) grandfather.

Third son was named after his father.

 

English and Welsh 1700-1870Ö

First daughter was named after the motherís mother.

Second daughter was named after the motherís fatherís mother.

Third daughter was named after the mother.

Fourth daughter was named after the motherís eldest sister.

First son was named after the fatherís father.

Second son was named after the motherís mother.

Third son was named after the father.

Fourth son was named after the fatherís eldest brother.

 

Irish 1800ísÖ

First daughter was named after the paternal grandmother.

Second daughter was named after the maternal grandmother.

First son was named after the paternal grandfather.

Second son was named after the maternal grandfather.

Then alternate names using the grandmotherís, motherís, aunt's and uncleís names.

 

Old GermanÖ

The first name of each daughter was usually the first name of the mother.

The first name of the son was usually the first name of the father.

Often times the middle name of each child was the name of the babyís baptismal sponsor and they were usually called by his/her middle name.

 

 

When I grow upÖI want to be an Ancestor

 

Karen Elizabeth (Thornton) Hanson

gk@edhanson.com

son, Ed Hanson, Jr.

ed@edhanson.com