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Subject: Re: [APG] Naming patterns
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 18:56:52 -0500
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I hope this discussion continues, and that list members will share their
experiences with these formulas. There is a good bit of material on
these out there on the Internet. My personal research pertains to German
and (allegedly) Scots-Irish people. In no instance in my 25+ years has
any naming pattern held true for any of my personal families. Yet, I
have actually seen "the naming pattern" cited as direct evidence of
descent -- and not too long ago. Upon inquiry, the researcher said, "I
keep this formula pasted to my computer screen. If the pattern fits, I
know I have the right family." End of discussion.


Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG (sm)
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>Mary Jane Smith 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.
>Elizabeth Mills wrote:
>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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