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Old 01-04-2013, 07:20 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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On my early American side, they named weird Puritan names like Azariah or Ebenezer, no patterns being followed, just names like that.

On my English side, they followed traditional naming patterns father's name, mother's name, father's father's name, father's mother's name, mother's father's name, mother's mother's name.........

The English pattern helps a lot with genealogy. Maybe it was a Church of England thing because on the Puritan side where they were definitely NOT Church of England, it was never done.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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On my early American side, they named weird Puritan names like Azariah or Ebenezer, no patterns being followed, just names like that.

On my English side, they followed traditional naming patterns father's name, mother's name, father's father's name, father's mother's name, mother's father's name, mother's mother's name.........

The English pattern helps a lot with genealogy. Maybe it was a Church of England thing because on the Puritan side where they were definitely NOT Church of England, it was never done.
Family namesakes are certainly not exclusive to the Church of England, they are very common in Catholic families too and many other religions. More likely, it was just less common with Puritans or at least, in your Puritan family... do you have evidence of this outside your own tree?
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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Not named after anybody. My name "Hector Wilberforce", appears to be a totally original name.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Somewhere.
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My mother's side of the family came from Canada and England so they, too had old fashioned names. My mother's middle name is a variation of my grandmother's first name. I have my mother's middle name because my father insisted. My first name is just one they liked. My daughter's first name is one we liked and her middle name is after a paternal aunt who is her Godmother. My son, same thing with the first name and his middle name is after his dad. My husband is named for his mother's dad (first) and step-dad (middle).
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:52 AM
 
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I was named after a friend of my mother. Many females in my mother's family were given the middle names of newly deceased female relatives as their first names.
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