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Old 12-22-2012, 04:03 AM
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Who's named for who in your family?
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:04 PM
 
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Who's named for who in your family?
My son was the first in our family to be born in Virginia since before the Civil War so we gave him as a first name the family name of one my ancestors who emigrated to Virginia in the early 18th century.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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Our older son is named for his father and grandfather --- he has the III suffix.

Younger son has my maiden name as his middle name --- and he is called by it. We originally called him by his first name, but when my father died, he switched to using the middle name.

My first name was from my maternal grandmother and her grandmother. My middle name is a variation on my maternal great grandmother's and great great grandmother's names, as is my mother's.

Of course, the further you go back in the tree, the more namesakes you find. There are several "III" men in the family, but no IV's.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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In my immediate family or my whole tree? I wouldn't even know where to begin if the latter. My brother is a IV. My mother was named after her maternal grandmother. My maternal grandmother was named after her paternal grandmother. And my paternal grandmother was named after her maternal grandmother. My maternal grandfather was a JR. My maternal grandfather's mother was named after her aunt. Countless, countless others as you go farther back. In one branch, two siblings named their next born children after their sister when she died, which I thought really reflected how tight-nit the family must have been.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:58 AM
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My oldest brother is named for my dad. Both my parents, their oldest brother was named for their father, my grandfathers. Personally, I'm glad we got away from all that Jr. stuff.

Fingers crossed it stays that way.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:34 AM
 
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My oldest brother is named for my dad. Both my parents, their oldest brother was named for their father, my grandfathers. Personally, I'm glad we got away from all that Jr. stuff.

Fingers crossed it stays that way.
The Jr. thing isn't part of most naming traditions or when it is, doesn't involve an eldest son. That seems to have been an early to mid-20th century American thing,perhaps more in the Northeast?. I don't often see eldest sons named after their dads back in my family tree.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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The Jr. thing isn't part of most naming traditions or when it is, doesn't involve an eldest son. That seems to have been an early to mid-20th century American thing,perhaps more in the Northeast?. I don't often see eldest sons named after their dads back in my family tree.
I do - I've got a lot of colonial families in my tree who named their first born son a Jr.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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My middle name is the same middle name as my great grandfathers. He he gave the same middle name to one of his sons. GGF's name came from a famous state figure of the time.
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:34 PM
 
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I do - I've got a lot of colonial families in my tree who named their first born son a Jr.
Which colonies?
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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Which colonies?
Pennsylvania and Virginia. I also find it's not uncommon for them to name a second son as a junior if the first one died. That happened a lot in my Norwegian branch (ranging from the 17th century in Norway through the 19th in America) but I also noticed one instance in the colonial Virginia branch.
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