I have been digging into the Swiss census records of Canton Valais/Wallis that were recently placed online. The censuses only give a single forename for individuals, which I believe to typically be the call name. I am unfamiliar with cultures that used a bunch of forenames, with one as call name, so I have a few questions:
* is it typical that if a person gave a single forename for an official document, say a census, that they would use the call name?
* in the small sample of families I have examined, it seems not to be common to give forenames of grandparents, parents, aunts/uncles, etc. to the children. Was it common to not reuse names when selecting call names? I guess that would make sense, since you want to make sure the person is uniquely identified by this name.
* If I had access to the full collections of forenames, say by viewing parish registers, were there naming patterns were certain forenames would be given in honor of other family members?