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From: Elisabeth Thorsell <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Naming patterns
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 23:42:47 +0100
>Mary Jane wrote:
>I believe it was one of Helen Leary's wonderful lectures in which she
>spoke about naming patterns. It may have been in general or among
>the Scotch-Irish, about whom she always had wonderful stories. At
>any rate, I recall a reference to the first son in the family being
>named for the father's father, the second son for the mother's
>father, and the third son for his own father. Can someone correct me
>if I am wrong -- strong possibility -- and perhaps give me a
>citation? Many thanks.
>If I may piggy-back here, I'dm curious as to how many of you have heard this
>"naming pattern" attributed to another ethnic group you're working on.
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Dear "Z" and List,
This naming pattern was very common in Sweden in the old days. First
boy named for the paternal grandfather, if he was deceased, second boy
named for maternal grandfather if deceased, third boy father's uncle.
They did not name children after a living parent, but if the mother died
and the father remarried, the first girl in the new marriage was named
for the deceased wife, same if it was the husband who died.
It is unusual, but happens, that two brothers (not half-brothers) have
the same name, and then the cause is usually that there were uncles
named Sven on both sides. You can also have a series of Sven Svensson,
three or four in a row, and they are named for each other, and can be a
A child could also seem to be named for a deceased sibling, but is
rather named for the person in an earlier generation that the first
child was named for.
You can use this naming pattern to speculate about earlier generations,
but that can also be dangerous, as you can not be sure you have found
every child in the family.
There were about 20 male and 20 female names that were used during the
1600s and 1700s, with the 1800s and more education and communication
with the surrounding world the number of names in use grew very much.
My 25 öre to the discussion!
Swedish genealogist & writer
Editor "Swedish American Genealogist", see www.etgenealogy.se/sag.htm
Personal web site: www.etgenealogy.se
Utgivare av "Vi Släktforskare", se www.etgenealogy.se/vislf.htm
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