Why all the Cyrenus Waites?

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Lets have some fun... maybe.

My middle name is Waite. So is my son's, my dad's, his dad's, and his dad's.

My G Grandfather's name was Cyrenus Waite Ard, as was my Grandfather's. After that the family got away from Cyrenus but kept the Waite. I have always assumed that 'Waite' was an old surname and my G Grandpa was named for someone. As part of my new interest in genealogy, I wanted to find out where Waite came from.

 I did some internet searches for 'Waite' and came up with a lot of people, nothing that helped much, it seems Waite was pretty common in England.

 But Waite, there's more! I decided that maybe my Grandpa and G Grandpa might have both been named after a specific person, so I started searching 'Cyrenus Waite'. Seems like an odd enough combination that there wouldn't bee too many of them, right?

Wrong. There are an awful lot of Cyrneus Waites out there with Waite used as the middle name, especially in the South during the early to mid-1800's.

So, why? Am I mssing something? Was Cyrenus (or Cyrenius) Waite just very popular? It seems like it had to have come from someone specific, too many of them.

Hopefully one of you can help me with this.
in Genealogy Help by Tim Ard G2G1 (1.1k points)

1 Answer

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Waite may have been the maiden name of one of the mothers; you'll often see a maiden named carried down as a middle name of one or more generations.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (771k points)
Yes, I suggested that when I said I assumed it was an old surname. The question here is more about why there were so many of them in so many different families. Do a Bing or Google search for Cyrenus Waite and see what pops up!

There are so many from around the same period and same general area that it seems too much to be coincidental, so I think there's a chance that these men were named after someone, just like there were so many Robert E.s or Robert Lees after the Civil War.

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