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Title: Handy hint for finding ancestors' first names
Posted by: Keith Livingstone Australia
Date: 01 April 2005

I got this handy hint from a book called " How to Trace Your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales" by Kathy Chater, Hermes House Publishers,ISBN 1-84309-974-8. So here it is (it's pretty true in my family so far, even indicating by deduction just where my ancestors were in the line of siblings..).

UNDERSTANDING SCOTTISH FAMILY NAMES
Before the 20th century, the Scots had a fairly standard pattern of naming children, which may give clues to the names of the grandparents:
* eldest son was named after the paternal grandfather
* 2nd son was named after the maternal grandfather
* 3rd son was named after the father
* eldest daughter was named after the maternal grandmother
* 2nd daughter was named after the paternal grandmother
* 3rd daughter was named after the mother

It was also quite common to create girls' names by adding "a" or "ina" to a man's name, e.g. Jacoba, Jamesina, which in some cases seems to have been done when there weren't enough sons in the family to commemorate the male relatives.

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Handy hint for finding ancestors' first names01 April 2005Keith Livingstone Australia
   Handy hint for finding ancestors' first names01 April 2005Andrew Lancaster
   Handy hint for finding ancestors' first names17 May 2006Michael Livingston
      Handy hint for finding ancestors' first names20 May 2006Keith Livingstone Australia
   Handy hint for finding ancestors' first names21 May 2006Donald (Livingstone) Clink

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