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What’s in a name?

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By Fiona Reid
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What's in a name?

THERE were strict naming conventions when it came to Scottish families in the past.

These ancient – and probably outdated – guidelines were posted online at Roots Web:

“First Son is named for the Father’s Father,
Second Son is named for the Mother’s Father,
Third Son is named for the Father’s Grandfather, Fraternal,
Fourth Son is named for the Mother’s Grandfather, Maternal,
Fifth Son is named for the Father’s Grandfather, Maternal,
Sixth Son is named for the Mother’s Grandfather, Fraternal,
Seventh thru tenth Sons are named for the Father’s Great Grandfathers,
Tenth thru Fourteenth Sons for the Mother’s Great Grandfathers.

First Daughter is named for the Mother’s mother,
Second Daughter is named for the Father’s Mother, Maternal,
Third Daughter is named for the Mother’s Grandmother, Fraternal,
Fourth Daughter is named for the Father’s Grandmother, Fraternal,
Fifth Daughter is named for the Mother’s Grandmother, Maternal ,
Sixth Daughter is named for the Father’s Grandmother,
Seventh thru tenth Daughter are named for the Mother’s, Maternal Great Grandmothers,
Tenth Thru fourteenth Daughter for the Father’s Great Grandmothers.”

How many families today still adhere to this code?

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