English Naming Patterns within the family unit

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014
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English Naming Patterns in the 18th & 19th Centuries in Ireland and England

William Hogarth, The Western Family c. 1738

During the 18th century, the basic pattern of naming children was used for many English-speaking families.  This was also common with many Irish families, although they didn't always adhere strictly to this.  

The pattern was that the first-born male was normally named after the father's father, whereas the second-born male was named after the mother's father.  Below is the pattern:

1st son . . . . . . .      Father's father

2nd Son. . . . . . . . .   Mother's father

3rd Son   . . . . . . . . . . Father

4th  Son . . . . . . . . . . .Father's eldest brother

1st Daughter   . . . . . .Mother's Mother

2nd Daughter. . . .  . .    Father's Mother

3rd Daughter. . . . . . . .  Mother

4th Daughter . . . . . .  . Mother's Eldest Sister

and so on.