Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy



At one time it was quite common for first names to be used more than once in the same family. One reason for this was during the Middle Ages when infant mortality rate was high,some families would use the same ‘family’ name twice or more in the same generation so that there could be several children with the same name if more than one child survived. Some families changed their surnames if they changed residence. Even until the 19th century many women retained their own names when they married. Earlier still, there are examples of the man taking the wife’s name at the time of marriage. for more click here

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