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Scottish naming patterns

emeltee

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Anyone out there familiar with Scottish naming patterns? Am I right in thinking that the first born son was named after his father's father and the second born son after his mother's father. Likewise with daughters the first born named after her mother's mother and the second born after her father's mother? How strongly was this adhered to in the early 1800s?

My reason for asking is that I have a Thomas McConnell and an Agnes Robison/Robertson having children in Kirkcudbright from 1800 to 1818 and they named them as follows in order of birth
James John Thomas William Janet Mary Alexander George.

Although I haven't yet found a marriage for Thomas and Agnes I have found their deaths. From age at death (to be taken with a pinch of salt!) Thomas was born c 1779 and Agnes 1777 the daughter of John Robison and Janet Donaldson. I am trying to find Thomas' birth and was wondering if his parents may have been a James and Mary, seeing as the first two sons born to them were James and John and the two daughters were Janet and Mary.

If they were sticking to the naming pattern who were William, Alexander and George likely to be named after?

Many thanks for reading this ramble.

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Ellie7

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Scottish naming traditions - when researching family use this only as a guide.

1st born son named for his father's father
2nd born son named for his mother's father
3rd born son named for his father
Any other sons often named for father's or mother's uncles.

1st born daughter named for her mother's mother
2nd born daughter named for her father's mother
3rd born daughter named for her mother
Any other daughters often named for mother's or father's aunts

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Thanks Steve and Ellie. That confirms my memory hasn't quite gone yet! So if Agnes' parents were John and Janet it looks like Thomas' were James and Mary. Will keep looking.

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