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From: "Diana Robinson" <>
Subject: Re: Middle names
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 09:44:17 -0400
New middle names are most often a way of honoring a mother's maiden
name, or the maiden name of a maternal grandmother.
However, I think, from studying my own line and the associated
histories, that (at least during the 1800s) it was not unusual to pick
friends, rather than necessarily family, to be God-parents, and/or to be
honored by their name being used as a middle name. So there is not
necessarily a blood relationship when a new middle name appears.
Rochester, NY, USA
From: Christine Hatt <>
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2001 4:54 PM
Subject: Middle names
>Great great Aunt was Fanny Friend HEATH! Cannot find any 'Friend'
>relations attached to these HEATH's of South Brent/Ugborough. Her
>was Mary Ann DENBOW who married Henry HEATH. Henry's presumed parents
>Roger HEATH and Sarah SEARLE (definitely Roger from the marriage
>certificate). Mary Ann's parents were John and Mary DENBOW.
>George FRIEND was a witness at their wedding! HOW do the FRIEND's
> Can anybody help out there, please?!
>OPC for South Brent & Ugborough
>researching HATT, HEATH (and BARONS), ISAAC (and DENNIS) and TIZARD
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