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Re: Unusual middle names. Any ideas of why?
« Reply #27 on: Sunday 27 December 20 17:37 GMT (UK) »
Ggrandfather was given the name and surname of a man who worked in the same trade and same area as his father. The surname was unrelated to my GGgrandparents' families. 

It is perhaps a pity that CoE baptism records don't usually include godparents' names, as I suspect that Ggrandfather was named after a godparent.
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Re: Unusual middle names. Any ideas of why?
« Reply #28 on: Sunday 27 December 20 17:56 GMT (UK) »
I have a Male Relative Birth Registered by his Mother as Luke Oil Crawford as the tradition was to honour her Husbandís Mother's Maiden Name as a Christian Name as he also had.

Except his Mother's Maiden Surame was Hoyle

But his Wife couldn't confirm how that was spelt and made her X mark

The Registrar took his best guess at what he thought she said with an accent.
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Re: Unusual middle names. Any ideas of why?
« Reply #29 on: Sunday 27 December 20 22:27 GMT (UK) »
All the sons of the Fitzwilliam family - Wentworth Woodhouse Rotherham Yorkshire were named William - a few generations ago there were ten or eleven brothers all named William.
  By today the earldom is extinct. 
The only descendants of the Fitzwilliams are the daughter of the last Earl (can't remember his number) and her daughter.  This daughter is the wife of Jacob Rees Mogg.
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It is common practice in parts of Wales for parents to give their children be they sons or daughters the father's Christian name as the child's middle name.  Two schoolfriends  - Helen GLYN J....,  Mari GLYN P....
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Re: Unusual middle names. Any ideas of why?
« Reply #30 on: Tuesday 29 December 20 01:10 GMT (UK) »
The names are weird sometimes I have an Edward lightholder dolman in my tree and also a methodist named John Wesley heckels his brothers were frank storm heckels and octavious and septimus  too 😂😂
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Re: Unusual middle names. Any ideas of why?
« Reply #31 on: Tuesday 29 December 20 01:33 GMT (UK) »
Also consider places in the news around the time of birth. I heard of someone whose middle name was Ladysmith, which she kept quiet about as it betrayed her age!
Researching Penge, Anerley, (incuding the Crystal Palace) and neighbouring parts of Beckenham, currently in London (Bromley), formerly Surrey and/or Kent.

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Re: Unusual middle names. Any ideas of why?
« Reply #32 on: Tuesday 29 December 20 03:30 GMT (UK) »
I have some  ancestors particularly Scottish ones .. whose childrens middle names indicate their biological fathers.

...this has been shown to be true thru DNA ..court cases or birth father or grandparents showing up with the children on censuses wills or apprenticeship s



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Re: Unusual middle names. Any ideas of why?
« Reply #33 on: Tuesday 29 December 20 11:19 GMT (UK) »
I have noticed on the census records for my home town - there was a female who had been named Disraelina! Wonder if she was called Dizzy for short.

This clearly demonstrated the parents' political leanings.

Another family I researched for someone had given their 10th child (a girl) the middle name of Decima.
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Re: Unusual middle names. Any ideas of why?
« Reply #34 on: Tuesday 29 December 20 11:50 GMT (UK) »
The names are weird sometimes I have an Edward lightholder dolman in my tree and also a methodist named John Wesley heckels his brothers were frank storm heckels and octavious and septimus  too 😂😂

I had a septimus Watson from throckley in my tree.  I red that these Roman based names were popular in Newcastle area due to general septimus severus being associated wth hadrian's wall and surrounding areas
Ferguson (st fillans, comrie)
Garnock (lothian, fife)
Valet (london, switzerland)
Butcher (ramsgate, glasgow)
Blackbird (durham,  newcastle)
Barr (ayrshire, ireland)
Fleming (paisley)
Crone, croney ,(dumfriesshire, ireland)

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Re: Unusual middle names. Any ideas of why?
« Reply #35 on: Tuesday 29 December 20 14:32 GMT (UK) »
Not so much an unusual middle name but one I found in a friend's tree that always makes me smile.
Silas Brimblecombe.
Sounds like a character from a Dickens novel   :D
ackland. lymington/southampton
hulme.   biddulph moor/southampton
mcrea.   aberdeen/southampton
gordon.  aberdeen
weir.      aberdeen/southampton
griffiths. llannefydd
roberts. llannefydd
davies. ffestiniog/llannefydd
linton.  southampton
callen. eling/totton