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Irish Naming Patterns

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These are the Irish naming patterns.

These rules are generally followed.

The 1st son was usually named after the father's father

The 2nd son was usually named after the mother's father

The 3rd son was usually named after the father

The 4th son was usually named after the father's eldest brother

The 5th son was usually named after the mother's eldest brother

The 1st daughter was usually named after the mother's mother

The 2nd daughter was usually named after the father's mother

The 3rd daughter was usually named after the mother

The 4th daughter was usually named after the mother's eldest sister

The 5th daughter was usually named after the father's eldest sister

The Scots and English are similiar. This pattern may help when looking for possible forenames of ancestors.

In Ireland if the first wife dies and the man remarries, the first daughter born to the second wife is named after his deceased first wife.

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on 2011-04-11 06:53:03

janilye - 7th generation, Convict stock. Born in New South Wales now living in Victoria, carrying, with pride 'The Birthstain'.

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by lisabelle on 2011-04-11 20:58:04

Thank you, that is very interesting.

I have a lot of family who emigrated from Ireland in the 1800's.
They came from Ardess and Shanmullagh Magheraculmony ( I wonder where these amazing names come from?) I also have family from Lack Fermanagh
Auchnacloy Tyrone and Co Monaghan.
When I went and looked at the names of the children, I found that this often was the way the children were named.

There seemed to be quite a few second marriages as a lot of mothers
died in childbith, or pneumonia those days.

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