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Scottish naming patterns
November 21, 2012, 1:36 pm
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The use of traditional naming patterns gradually declined during the 19th century. Not everybody followed the pattern anyway but it’s surprising how often you come across it:

The first son was named after the father’s father.

The second son was named after the mother’s father.

The third son was named after the father’s father’s father.

The fourth son was named after the mother’s mother’s father.

The fifth son was named after the father’s mother’s father.

The sixth son was named after the mother’s father’s father.

The first daughter was named after the mother’s mother.

The second daughter was named after the father’s mother.

The third daughter was named after the mother’s father’s mother.

The fourth daughter was named after the father’s father’s mother.

The fifth daughter was named after the mother’s mother’s mother.

The sixth daughter was named after the father’s mother’s mother.

If a child died in infancy, his or her name was frequently given to a subsequent child.

It was also common to give sons and daughters a middle name denoting the maiden surname of the mother.



Census dates in Scotland
November 14, 2012, 9:32 am
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Dates of censuses in Scotland which contain useful information:

1841 – 6th June 1841

1851 – 30th March 1851

1861 – 7th April 1861

1871 – 2nd April 1871

1881 – 3rd April 1881

1891 – 5th April 1891

1901 – 31st March 1901

1911 – 2nd April 1911.




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