What is the longest number of people with the exact same name (first and last) in direct descent that you have?

+9 votes

We have EIGHT generations of Christopher Dive(s) in Kent and Sussex between the late 16th and 18th centuries:

  1. Olive Theresa Dive b Newtown SYD 1882 m after 1902 d 29/02/1932 (1.4)m Herbert Stafford Trenerry b 1883 Bristol UK arr c 1890 QLD FREE d 1930 Sydney Bur Rookwood Cemetery SYD (my g-grandmother)

  2. John Dive b c 1850 prob Tempe SYD m Ellen Connolly (b 185/1/2 SYD) St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Newtown, on 20th November 1871 d 1930 SYD (1.4.2)

  3. Thomas Dive was bapt Iden Sussex 1814 arrived 1839 “The Florist” FREE d 20th July 1863 m Anne Styles/Stiles/Gage c 1846 prob CONVICT d 21st November 1891 St Peters SYD

  4. John Dive bapt Iden 19th October 1775 m Mary Walker Iden SSX 10th December 1801 (b 24/4/1781 Iden SSX, dau of Richard Walker m Mary)

  5. Christopher Dive b 25/3/1752 Iden SSX baptised 3rd May 1752, Iden SSX m 13th April 1773 Iden SSX (1) Elizabeth King baptised 08 Apr 1751 Iden SSX d 1782 (dau of John King m Mary Cresford in Rye SSX 25th December 1748) (2)Mary Spilstead

  6. Christopher Dive b 20/3/1708 East Guldeford SSX m 1/9/1741 Rye SSX Ann Cooper b 31/10/1725 Rye SSX bap 31st October 1728 (to Thomas Cooper and Ann Sharp/Harp m 08 May 1720. Ann Sharp/Harp was born c 1702 in Rye, parents unknown. Thomas Cooper was born 25th March 1699 in Rye and baptised 07 Mar 1700, also in Rye to Joseph Cooper and Mary Beadel in Rye SSX on 1st September 1741)

  7. Christopher Dive b 27/2/1667 bap 23/8/1670 Benenden KNT d 25/10/1739 m 31/12/1706 East Guldeford SSX Sarah Pyall (b c 1671 d 10/12/1721 East Guldeford SSX)

  8. Christopher Dive b 4/2/1632 Headcorn KNT m 29/11/1658 Cranbrook KNT Judith Hickmott (1.4.8) d 11th June 1674 (1.4.8)

  9. Christopher Dive 1619 Headcorn KNT – 1657

  10. Christopher b c1583 Headcorn KNT d 1657 Headcorn KNT (6) Dive m (2) c 1619 Ann Badnor (dau of George Badnor) m(1) Katherine Hudson (3) Susanna Wellard

  11. Christopher Dive bap 1567 d 1599 Lenham m Phoebe

  12. Christopher Dive of Lenham, KNT b c 1541 Lenham/Bromham, KNT m c 1566 Lenham, KNT Benet

This family is almost certainly part of the Dives of Bedfordshire. Shrtly before this time, Sir William Dive and his wive Anne Apprice had a bevy of children, one of whom was...Christopher. 

in The Tree House by Susan Scarcella G2G6 Mach 8 (81.7k points)
edited by Susan Scarcella

4 Answers

+7 votes
There are 29 generations between




But now I see that is not the actual question ;-(
by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (727k points)
I should have specified (and have edited it) to say same (first and last) name. My Christopher Dives number EIGHT father to son.
+7 votes
Zerviah Washburn born April 09, 1760 Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, descendant of Roger De Washbourne b abt. 1219 in Washbourne, South Worcester, England, 17 generations.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.7m points)
I should have specified (and have edited it) to say same (first and last) name. My Christopher Dives number EIGHT father to son.
+7 votes
Did your last Christopher have a son called Christopher?

That is, how many were there altogether, not just in your line?
by Living Horace G2G6 Pilot (649k points)
Yes, he did. The name continued down my line until my great grandmother's generation, but her brother Christopher Dive, died young. Other lines kept the name going too. Those lines would be in Sussex still, I imagine. Ours came to Australia, a number of cousins and half brothers on several ships, as free immigrants.
+1 vote

I know this question was from a while ago! ....

... but 9 x consecutive Dennis Berry's




by Lesley Scott G2G6 Mach 4 (44.3k points)

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