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naming tradition


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Loch Lomond Dunbartonshire
I just found another family in my Scottish ancesters using naming tradition patterns. May not work for everone and is not always so easy but heres how I did it.

Names I had were

Robert Scougal who Married Martha Wallace. Roberts parents were James Scougal and Catherine Mclean but didnt have details of Martha's parents. Their children were...

Robert c1840 named after his father
Martha Somerville 1841 1st name after her Mother, middle name Unknown??
Mary 1843 named after Unknown?
Martha 1845 assume 1st Martha must have died so named after her sibling
James 1847 named after his fathers father .
Margaret 1849 named after Unknown??
James 1851 named after dead sibling
Catherine 1852 named after fathers mother

from looking at their childrens names I'm left with Margaret, Mary and the name sumerville, which I used to find the parents of Martha Wallace, I have no extra male names, so assume Marthas father has the same name as her husband or her husbands father (James or Robert) and found her parents were infact James Wallace and Mary Sumerville who had a total of 10 children now added 2 my tree :)


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