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From: "Sandra J Smith"<>
Subject: Re: [HRT] Naming Patterns
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 16:40:38 +0000
Patterns in naming one's children are fraught with difficulty; much depended
upon family tradition rather than a regional or national tradition.
In SOME families, the tradition was first son named for paternal
grandfather, 2nd son for father, later sons for paternal brothers. Other
families would bring in the names of the wife's male relatives before the
If such a tradition existed, it was further complicated by the demise of
many infants and the renaming of subsequent children with those names, so
they then become "out of order".
Personally, (after 42 years of genealogical research), I place no credence
on naming patterns, but note that some families have a propensity for
sticking to the same small group of names. I may suggest that some children
were named after close friends and neighbours as much as family which
accounts for the odd unusual name that suddenly crops up.
Hope this helps
----- Original Message -----
From: "Billeye" <>
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 8:11 AM
Subject: [HRT] Naming Patterns
> G'day Folks,
> I wonder whether anyone knows of a particular naming pattern for
> children in earlier times.
> I ask because many of my families of interest left the naming of
> children for parents and grandparents to "later", ie, younger siblings.
> Any comments please?
> Melbourne, Oz
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