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Thread #99077   Message #1969816
Posted By: GUEST,Pattern-keeper
16-Feb-07 - 11:06 AM
Thread Name: BS: Were you named after anyone?
Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
I was given my Mother's family name as a first name, and my Father's Mother's family name as a middle name. I think in Irish families, at least of two generations ago, there was a pattern/formula employed in the giving of Christian names;

First son, named after father's father
First daughter, named after father's mother
Second son, named after father
Second daughter, (perhaps named after mother)?
Third son, named after father's brothers

And I don't know how it continued (I'm basing this on observation of several families, you see.