Do you have any interesting patterns in your family names?

+9 votes
My great grandmother was Leafy Agnes Conrad.  One of her sons was Forest Maple Miller.  His oldest daughter, my mother, has the monogram, ELM and I have no children so I'm DED.  Has anyone out there noticed any similar patterns in their families?
WikiTree profile: Dave Dardinger
in The Tree House by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (410k points)

8 Answers

+3 votes
Best answer
My family is so boring with names.  I call it the family naming convention.  First son named after maternal grandfather, second son named after paternal grandfather.  This leads to ridiculous strings where the same name repeats over and over and over.  For example, the name Nathan Dane has repeated so many times that there is an almost unbroken string that has gone for over 200 years.  My father is Francis Dane, a name that has its origins in the middle 1600's, and his full name is exactly the same as his father's and his grandfather's.  Luckily, they broke the chain with me.... although I might have liked being Leighton Dane.
by Kyle Dane G2G6 Pilot (102k points)
selected by Dave Dardinger
This sort of naming was quite common in earlier times.  One of my 5ggrandfathers was David Evans, Sr.  just about every generation since then has had one or more David Evans.  I'm surprised that it's the maternal grandfather first in your family.  More often it seems to be paternal grandfather first.  If you search for "naming conventions" you can probably find much of the subject.
+5 votes
My fifth great grandparents were distant cousins who married. He was Silvanus Conant and she was Silvia Conant. They married at Plymouth, MA in 1784 and had two children. Silvanus and Silvia. Daughter, Silvia is my ancestor.

My great grandmother was Sylvia Jane Thomas and her daughter, Sylvia Conant Hemenway was by grandmother.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
+4 votes
the pattern in my family first name is they seemed to recycle them every family with a male has at least one johann sometimes several of them u can only tell them apart by their middle names, there's also a number of michels and the American version Michael my family was nuts
by Joyce Lowe G2G2 (2.3k points)
Many times, especially for Catholics, the first name is a generic saints name and the "middle" name is the actual given name.  I suppose I ought to go see how you're supposed to deal with such situations on WikiTree.
I had the same issue in my family three brothers all first name John I found that this was something common in Germany also (not sure time frame my family with this was from 1700)  any way I had brothers John Adam, John Peter and John John. I don't know if it was the correct way to do it but put both names in first name wasn't sure how to handle the middle name is what they went . This family was Mennonite
my family was german as well and also in the 1700s I guess it was the custom at that time if u found a first name u liked give it to all your boys
+3 votes
My children were born on the same date - 5 years apart.

Their father and his sister were also born on the same date but only 1 year apart.

They were all natural births.
by Esmé van der Westhuizen G2G6 Pilot (135k points)
+3 votes

Dad died 20 Aug 1978 at 4 o'clock pm and

Mom died 20 Aug 2001 at 3:45 pm. Same day 15 minutes of exactly 23 years. 

Little Brother initials JEW and little sister SEW. 

of the 10 of us all names chosen from saint, family names one of the brothers named after mom got hooked on 'Irish Rovers' and one song in particular 'The awful color problem of the Orange and the Green' is named William Patrick West. If you have not heard the song listen for the naming problem of the character being sung about. During the time I was mother's caregiver she admitted the song was the source of his name.

For those not wanting to listen to the song to hear the source of his name

" I was christened David Anthony but still in spite of that to me father I was William while me mother called me Pat"


by Charles West G2G6 Mach 1 (13.7k points)
+3 votes
My grandmother (maternal) died in 1972 when my mother was 22. My grandfather died 22 years later in 1994 almost to the day when I was 22,
by Jim Tareco G2G6 Mach 3 (31.2k points)
+2 votes
My son was born the day before my sister's birthday. Her daughter was born the day before my birthday . Their initials are the same but reversed. This has happened on a few occasions in my upline. Then for five generations every son names the sons family names.  Cousin John , cousin John and cousin John in one generation.  So on with Cousin Robert and William. And every tree out there shuffles the little hummers.
by Anonymous Roach G2G6 Pilot (186k points)
edited by Anonymous Roach
+1 vote

I have patterns of traits: 

Edmonston / Edmonstone / Edmonson / De Edmundiston: Twins & Red Haired Gingers. Duseler / Dussler / Dußler: Twins & Twins. :)

by Anonymous Vickery G2G6 Pilot (241k points)

Related questions

+3 votes
11 answers
+4 votes
2 answers
+11 votes
0 answers
183 views asked Nov 4, 2015 in Genealogy Help by Michael Hruska G2G6 Mach 5 (53.7k points)
+8 votes
3 answers
158 views asked May 29, 2019 in Genealogy Help by Rhonda Zimmerman G2G6 Pilot (211k points)
+9 votes
5 answers
+14 votes
1 answer
240 views asked Aug 27, 2015 in The Tree House by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
+5 votes
2 answers
+4 votes
2 answers
137 views asked Feb 26, 2018 in Genealogy Help by E. Lauraine Syrnick G2G6 Pilot (112k points)

WikiTree  ~  About  ~  Help Help  ~  Search Person Search  ~  Surname:

disclaimer - terms - copyright