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Naming Conventions - Scottish, Irish and Welsh

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  • Tony Johnston
    Naming Conventions Naming Order of Children English and Welsh, 1700 - 1879. First daughter - named after the mother s mother (maternal grandmother) Second
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      Naming Conventions
      Naming Order of Children



      English and Welsh, 1700 - 1879.


      First daughter - named after the mother's mother (maternal
      grandmother)
      Second daughter - named after the mother's father's mother
      Third daughter - named after the mother
      Fourth daughter - named after the mother's oldest sister
      First son - named after the father's father
      Second son was named after the mother's father
      Third son - named after the father
      Fourth son - named after the father's eldest brother.

      Exceptions apply if there was a duplication of a given name. In that
      case the practice was to skip to the next name on the list.



      Irish, 1800's.

      First daughter - named after the paternal grandmother
      Second daughter - named after the maternal grandmother
      First son - named after the paternal grandfather,
      Second son - named after the maternal grandfather

      After that alternate names using the grandmothers', grandfather's;
      mother's, aunt's and uncle's names. If a child died, that name was to
      be recycled with a future child.



      Scottish, 1700 to 1800's.

      First daughter - named for maternal grandmother
      Second daughter - named for paternal grandmother
      Third daughter - named after her mother
      Other daughters were named after other family members
      First son - named after paternal grandfather
      Second son - named after maternal grandfather
      Third son - named after his father

      This policy holds true unless one family member had more assets or a
      higher social standing than the other. One unique aspect of Scottish
      naming was that if two grandmothers or two grandfathers had the same
      given name, two children in the same family would end up with the
      same name. Another practice was to name daughters after the clergyman
      or other important male figure.
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