36.8 F
Springville
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Support our Community Sponsors

Naming patterns can provide hints for genealogy work

Avatar
Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

More from Author

Serve Daily – September 2020

Enjoy the 100th issue of Serve Daily. This issue is full of great articles by local Utah County writers and made possible by great...

Serve Daily: August 2020

Enjoy the 99th issue of Serve Daily. This issue is full of great articles by local Utah County writers and made possible by great...

Every day can be a better day, despite the challenge

Life is full of challenges. We knew that last year and we know that now. Life, at any time, has at least two choices...

Giveaways: Summer Giveaway

Click to View our Sponsors Websites

r In America, families used various patterns in naming their children. Though these rules were not followed by everyone, enough people followed these naming customs that you can utilize them to get valuable clues about your ancestry. The three major patterns were familial, Biblical and those having a moral significance.

From colonial times to the early 1800s, people frequently used a combination of the three with emphasis on the familial. For example, the first son was typically named after his paternal grandfather, the second son after his maternal grandfather, the third son after his father or his paternal great-grandfather. The fourth son could be named after his father’s oldest brother or mother’s paternal grandfather. The fifth son was named after his mother’s eldest brother or father’s maternal grandfather.

Females frequently followed a pattern also: the first daughter was named after her maternal grandmother, the second was named for her paternal grandmother, the third daughter was named after her mother or for her mother’s maternal grandmother. The fourth daughter could be named after her mother’s oldest sister or for her father’s paternal grandmother and the fifth girl was named after her father’s eldest sister or for her mother’s paternal grandmother.

Our Print Advertisers

A popular custom in both Virginia and New England was the use of surnames as given names. This occurred mostly with males but could be seen occasionally in female names also. In my family, there are generations of men named Jacqueline, which was the maiden name of an ancestor.

Puritans preferred naming their children with Biblical names or names encouraging moral qualities. Noah, David, Mathew, James, John, Zephaniah, Ephraim, Isaac, Israel, Jabez and Solomon were common Biblical names for males, while Hannah, Sarah, Deborah, Mary, Aseneth, Abigail, Dorcas, Esther, Hope, Faith and Tabitha were female names from the scriptures. Examples of girls’ names having moral significance include Contentment, Mindwell, Obedience, Patience, Charity, Mercy, Comfort, Delight and Thankful. Though fewer in number, men had names such as Reason, Courage and Justice.

Nicknames and the use of middle names for every day were common practices. Examples of common nicknames for women are: Margaret could be Maggie, Madge, Peggy or even Daisy (Marguerite is French for Daisy). Mary was Polly, Mamie, Marie, Maria and Mia. Ann, Nancy, Hannah, Nannie and Anna were frequently interchangeable. Patsy and Mattie were nicknames for Martha. Male names included Jack for John, Bill, Wm and Will for William, etc. For a comprehensive list of nicknames, go to here.

Avatar
Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

More from Author

Serve Daily – September 2020

Enjoy the 100th issue of Serve Daily. This issue is full of great articles by local Utah County writers and made possible by great...

Serve Daily: August 2020

Enjoy the 99th issue of Serve Daily. This issue is full of great articles by local Utah County writers and made possible by great...

Every day can be a better day, despite the challenge

Life is full of challenges. We knew that last year and we know that now. Life, at any time, has at least two choices...

Giveaways: Summer Giveaway

Click to View our Sponsors Websites

More in Category

Time to get your try on

Many say this is a year that should just be cancelled, however, I believe this is a year that can be used to learn...

National Parks Week may be impacted by events in the world

By proclamation of President Donald J. Trump, on April 20, our nation celebrates National Park Week with fee free entrance and a variety of special programs. This year National Park Week

College graduate realizes dream of sharing wonders of ocean with people of the desert

Serve Daily is about positive and uplifting people, organizations, and events. Occasionally while working on one story we find another amazing story behind the first story.

Viewpoint Frozen-Frozen: Coming to the Defense of Hans

I watched Frozen II recently, and honestly, I was disappointed. The makers of Frozen II promised the audience a redemption arc of Hans, the good guy who turned out to be the villain in the