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Old 05-14-2013, 01:14 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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Originally Posted by CAVA1990 View Post
Sometimes when you see two children of the same name in a family, that can be a red flag for bad genealogy.
Or a lack of imagination. On my mom's side of the family, there are three first cousins named Tom, four cousins named John, three named Bob; thankfully none of them are near the same age, at least. Nevermind the second cousins. No repeats among us girls.

Originally Posted by CAVA1990 View Post
Based on my family history it appears to have been a 20th century phenomenon. I can't think of a single instance before then when a father and eldest son had the same name.
The Taft family alone blows that out of the water.


Look at all those Roberts and William Howards.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Sabinerose View Post
Is this normal? I have done a little research in our family history and found that several branches of the family reused the same names. An example: Clarence Ollie S. was born on a farm in the early 1900's (no birth cert...just a notation in a bible), he died 2 years later. One year after that, Clarence Ollie S. was born only to pass a few days later. Three years later, Clarence Ollie S. was born - his mother died in childbirth. He was "given" to the reverend and his wife (they were childless) on the neighboring farm (his father had 6 other children and couldn't raise a newborn) - his last name was changed, but the birth records in that same family bible don't say anything about the name change. One year later, his father remarried and his new wife gave birth to a boy...who was named?! You guessed it... Clarence Ollie S. (the reverend refused to give back the baby they "adopted" as he was a couple years old at this point).

All of this caused HUGE confusion for me when researching family history. For future reference...was it typical to keep naming babies the same name until one survived beyond the next child? Has anyone come across this before?
I've found information on my grandfather's family back to 1400. My great grandfather was a "John". My grandfather had a brother named that. It seems EACH of them somewere has a surviving son named 'John'. The further back the more babies with only a birth date and the 'John' boys who died were followed by another named that until one lived. I don't know why that name is so important but it must have been.

There are also a James and William in every family going back a few from the five x g grandfather and uncle who were transported here in 1719. Then each of them had a John, James and William and each of them had a John, James and William... and so on. Family gatherings must have been interesting. You could welcome cousin John, James or William and have a good chance of it being right.

Today I think a lot of parents would have problems naming an infant after one who had died, but then back then every woman who gave birth was aware of the odds faced by the child to see a first birthday.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:36 PM
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I've known of people giving one name to a child as a first name and to another child as a middle name, both surviving and into modern times.
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