5513Re: [Stonehaven] Masterton Search
- Dec 14, 2005I think the middle name is could be either of the
MOTHER's or GRANDMOTHER's maiden names.
In other words the baby is given one of the maternal
Grandparents' surnames as a middle name. Less
frequently it is the paternal Grandmother's.
My wife's middle name is GRAY which was her
maternal grandmother's maiden name. This habit
was common in the Longside area of north east
Aberdeenshire and tended to run in families.
Sometimes, a middle name could indicate the child
was born out of wedlock and the father's name was
put there, for the record!
There are, of course, many other reasons for putting
a middle name in. Forenames would usually be to
respect an important member of the family who
otherwise might not get such an accolade [e.g. a
younger sibling of the parent/grandparent]
If the middle name is an obvious surname, it can be:
an ancestor [as above]
a distant important relative [hope of inheritance?]
a best friend - usually the father's friend
an employer or primary tenant of the farm
a local worthy, e.g the Doctor, Minister, Dominie.
[in one case the Minister's son's name in full]
a national figure [we've "Rutherford" but know not why!]
a Parish or locality name [often for foundlings]
To sum up, it may be significant and is worth looking
for in previous generations. However, it may not have
direct significance so treat with caution!
If she has a middle name in Scotland it was very
often the Maiden Name. Do try that.
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