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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.