Our Genealogy Group meeting focused on naming patterns. The monthly meeting held at Clayton State University July 14, 2013 provided a time of learning and sharing. As naming patterns may offer clues to relationships, the members were asked to research and explain any patterns found in their family.
The slideshow offers clues into some of the discoveries.
- “All about the Annie’s” is a family poster made by Andrea Hudson. The Annie’s are daughters named after grandmothers. Her beautiful poster includes family photographs along with genealogical data. The photos, naming pattern and the data present an interesting family history for her family and others alike.
- Vicki Root-Runk Evans is named after her mother’s father Victor. Her maternal grandfather died when Vicki was two years old. She treasures the gold coin locket passed to her from the family.
- Angela Pendleton is a compromise name for Angelique for the show “Dark Shadows” with her middle name Leigh for her maternal grandmother Minnie Lee.
- Rosemary Fischer is known by her middle name. Her full name is Catherine Rosemary Ruth Fischer. Catherine is her paternal grandmother’s name. Ruth is her mother’s name. Rosemary is for Rosemary Clooney.
- Selma Blackmon is named for both her maternal and paternal grandmothers.
The slideshow provides a visual for the above names. Several people explained their names without the benefit of posters. A few examples include:
- Richard explained how the name Leslie has been a male middle name for three or four generations.
- Carroll was named after her father’s sister and mother.
- Bruce was originally a maternal grandmother’s maiden name. The names Nathanial, Mildred, and Rose are also names within sibling families and grandparents.
- Someone asked how many had the names of presidents in their family. Presidents, pastors, and doctors provided new additions to family patterns.
If your family tree declares five generations of Frederick or Elizabeth, please separate the generations. This requires diligence to place the children with the correct parents. Do you have a Frederick married to a Mary who died and within three years Fred married another Mary? This is another challenge.
Let me know your family name challenges, Selma Blackmon.