While doing some research on a family history this past month I found a really interesting tidbit included in a family tree, so I thought I’d share:
In 18th & 19th Century Britain families generally tended to name their children in a specific pattern as follows:
· First-born Son – father’s father
· Second-born Son – mother’s father
· Third-born Son – father
· Fourth-born Son – father’s eldest brother
· Fifth-born Son – father’s 2nd oldest brother or mother’s oldest brother
· First-born Daughter – mother’s mother
· Second-born Daughter – father’s mother
· Third-born Daughter – mother
· Fourth-born Daughter – mother’s eldest sister
· Fifth-born Daughter – mother’s 2nd oldest sister or father’s oldest sister
A frequently found variation from this pattern is: Eldest son named for Mother’s Father; Second son named for Father’s Father; Eldest daughter named for Father’s Mother; Second daughter named for Mother’s Mother.
Original information can be found here.