Sue Richmond wrote:
Do you know about the naming customs of Scottish children?
Was the firstborn traditionally named after the parents or the
maternal or paternal grandparents or was it just personal preference?
Rather than repeat the Pattern here, you can see the detail on my website FAQ11, at http://www.whatsinaname.net/faq.html#11
There are also some links to other sites with the same information on my Links page.
But, take care. While the use of the Pattern was quite common across Scotland but it was by no means set in concrete. Many people either ignored it or used their own version. In other words, the Pattern is a guide which might help you unscramble some complex local family groups but won't by itself "prove" relationships.
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