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son taking first name of dead father?

son taking first name of dead father?

Posted: 2 Jan 2009 5:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm wondering if anyone has come across cases, in England in the latter half of 19th century, of a son taking the first name of his deceased father? For example, a 'William' taking his dead father's name and becoming 'John William' henceforth?
Many thanks for any information.

Re: son taking first name of dead father?

Posted: 5 Jun 2009 2:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Could be along the same lines of the females using
the first letter of their middle name and then adding
their maiden name once they were married that way
they carried their fathers name. Which I'm finding
very very helpful when it comes to my research.

my Grandmother Lillian C.Varney Allen
I could be wrong but thats my thinking.
Good Luck
Patricia

Re: son taking first name of dead father?

Posted: 24 Aug 2013 12:25AM GMT
Classification: Query
I think it possible it was done to honor the father. There was a naming custom used for centuries in which a child born posthumously (i.e. its father died before it was born) was given the name of its same sex parent. Likewise, a child whose mother died shortly after its birth was also given the name of its same sex parent. Unless, of course, there already was a child of that name in the family, in which case some other name honoring the deceased was used.

Re: son taking first name of dead father?

Posted: 25 Aug 2013 11:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
It is also possible the son was a junior, in other words his name might have been John William, but he used his middle name to prevent confusion with his father.
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