Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Middle Names

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week, the mission was:

1)   It became tradition in English speaking countries to bestow middle names on children during the 19th century and later.  Go back four generations in your ancestral families and list the middle names of the children in these families.  Do you know why those middle names were bestowed?

2)  Share your family middle names on your own blogp ost, in a comment to this post, or on social media like Facebook or Google+.

Here’s mine

A) Father: Ivon Walter Whimpey (1923-2009): Middle name was fraternal uncle’s name
Mother: Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990): No recent ancestor with this name
Daughter – middle name Elizabeth: No recent ancestor with this name
Daughter – middle name Jean: Middle name was mother’s middle name
Daughter – middle name Dorothy: Middle name was fraternal aunt’s name
Daughter – middle name Ruth: No recent ancestor with this name
Daughter – middle name Vivienne: No recent ancestor with this name

B) Father John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960): No recent ancestor with this name
Mother Ivy May Harley (1892-1959): no recent ancestor with this name
Son Alan Arthur Whimpey (1917-1990): Middle name was fraternal uncle’s name
Son John Harrie Whimpey (1919-2002): Middle name was maternal uncle’s name
Son Keith Harley Whimpey (1920-2009):  Middle name was mother’s surname
Daughter Middle name Edna: Middle name was maternal aunt’s name

C) Father Wilfred Palmer Marr (1892-1955): Middle name was also father’s middle name
Mother Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948): No recent ancestor with this name
Daughter Margaret Amelia Marr (1924-2009): Middle name was maternal aunt’s name
Son Aubrey Rupert Marr (1926-1996): No recent ancestor with this name

D) Father Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919): No middle name
Mother Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906): Middle name was mother’s name
Daughter Jane Elizabeth Whimpey (1873-1957: She was named after her maternal grandmother Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd
Son Alfred Henry Whimpey (1874-1933): Middle name was maternal grandfather’s name
Son Joseph Whimpey (1876-1954): No middle name
Son Walter Whimpey (1879-1969): No middle name
Daughter Emily Whimpey (1887-1897): No middle name
Daughter Ethelind Hannah Whimpey (1889-1969): Middle name was maternal aunt’s name
Son William Norman Whimpey (1890-1891): No recent ancestor with this name
Son Albert Roy Whimpey (1892-1965): No recent ancestor with this name
Son William Claude Whimpey (1895-1971): No recent ancestor with this name.
Son Arthur Edgar Whimpey (1896-1965): No recent ancestor with this name
Son Herbert Whimpey (1897-1974): No middle name

E) Father Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939): Given the double name to distinguish him from a cousin and uncle called Alexander Harley
Mother Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949): Middle name was mother’s name
Son Harrie Alexander Harley (1889-1941): Middle name father’s name
Son Cecil Rupert Harley (1896-1977): No recent ancestor with this name
Son Keith Aubrey Harley (1905-1941): No recent ancestor with this name
Daughter Dorothy Agnes Harley (1907-1976): Middle name fraternal aunt’s name
Daughter Edna Winifred Harley (1909-1987): No recent ancestor with this name

F) Father Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944): No recent ancestor with this name
Mother Mary Reeves (1864-1951): No middle name.
Daughter Amelia Marr (1885-1954): No middle name
Son Henry Palmer Marr (1887-1949): Middle name was father’s middle name
Daughter Mary Marr (1889-1908): No middle name
Daughter Elsie Marr (1891-1970): No middle name
Son George Marr (1895-1949): No middle name
Son Alexander Marr (1897-1970): No middle name
Son John James Marr (1899-1967):  Middle name was fraternal grandfather’s name
Daughter Martha Marr (1901-1996): No middle name
Son Stuart Marr (1904-1945): No middle name

G) Father Harry Docwra (1866-1934): No middle name
Mother Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925): No recent ancestor with this name
Son George Henry Docwra (1906-1972):  Middle name possibly variant on father’s name
Daughter Annie Eileen Docwra (1909-1997): No recent ancestor with this name
Son Ronald James Docwra (1917-1957): Middle name fraternal uncle’s name

So we have in these names:

  • 2 where middle name is father’s middle name
  • 2 where middle name is father’s given name
  • 2 where middle name is grandfather’s given name
  • 1 where middle name is grandmother’s given name
  • 2 where middle name is mother’s given name
  • 1 where middle name is mother’s middle name
  • 1 where middle name is mother’s surname
  • 9 where middle name is aunt/uncle’s given name
  • 1 where middle name is a cousin’s given name

So out of 53 individuals, 21 had a middle name from a family member, 14 had no middle name and 18 had unique middle names not in recent family members.

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