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.