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Naming Patterns For Children

1st son = father's father
2nd son = mother's father
3rd son = father
4th son = father's oldest brother
5th son = father's 2nd oldest brother or mother's oldest brother
1st dau = mother's mother
2nd dau = father's mother 
3rd dau = mother
4th dau = mother's oldest sister
5th dau = mother's 2nd oldest sister or father's oldest sister

English and Welsh 1700-1870
First Daughter was named after the Mother's Mother
Second Daughter was named after the Mother's Father's Mother
Third Daughter was named after the Mother
Fourth Daughter was named after the Mother's oldest Sister
First Son was named after the Father's Father
Second Son was named after the Mother's Mother
Third Son was named after the Father
Fourth Son was named after the Father's oldest Brother

Irish 1800's

First Daughter was named after the Paternal Grandmother
Second Daughter was named after the Maternal Grandmother
First Son was named after the Paternal Grandfather
Second Son was named after the Maternal Grandfather
Then alternate names using the Grandmother's, Grandfather's, Mother's, Aunt's, and Uncle's names

Scottish 1700 - 1800 and early Dutch
First Daughter was named for her Maternal Grandmother
Second Daughter was named for her Paternal Grandmother
Third Daughter was named after her Mother
Other Daughters were named after other Family Members
First Son was named after his Paternal Grandfather (sometimes Maternal)
Second Son was named after his Maternal Grandfather (sometimes Paternal)
Third Son was named after his Father

Old German

The first name of each Daughter was usually the first name of the Mother
The first name of the Son was usually the first name of the Father
Often times the middle name of each child was the name of the baby's baptismal 
sponsor and they were usually called by his/her middle name
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