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surname as first name

surname as first name

Posted: 20 Feb 2010 5:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
When you find such and there is no obvious connection, like
the maiden name of mother or fathers mother, what do you
assume or try next?
...Lew...

Re: surname as first name

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 9:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
I don't assume anything. The name could be honoring a friend or even the doctor who delivered the child BUT I do make note of the name as a possible clue to a mother or grandmother's maiden name if I don't know what it is.

In our family we have a Smith Robinson and this was a family name on the mother's side. My mother's middle name is Dunn and this was also a maternal ancestor's maiden name--but this is not always the case. For example, there are many Elmer Ellsworth "surname" out there born near the start of the American Civil War--this is the name of the first Union officer casualty of the war and many babies of Union sympathizers were named for him.

Joan

Re: surname as first name

Posted: 24 Aug 2013 12:40AM GMT
Classification: Query
After eliminating the possibility of using a famous general's name, (Horatio Gates and Israel Putnam were a couple of popular names) or that of some other celebrity, artist, president, etc., I would take a good look at the brothers-in-law of the parents. Meaning the father's sister's husband, or the mother's sister's husband. Or an aunt's husband. It was sometimes done the inverse way for girls; a child might be named for its uncle's wife.
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