Fermanagh Gold Introduction
 
NAMING PATTERNS

A question often asked in mailing lists and newsgroups is about naming conventions used in Ireland. The information below is a guide only and not a guaranteed formula!  But it may help when seeing family names repeated through generations.

First son was named after the father's father
Second son was named after the mother's father
Third son was named after the father
Fourth son was named after the father's oldest brother
Fifth son was named after the father's second oldest brother or the mother's oldest brother

First daughter was named after the mother's mother
Second daughter was named after the father's mother
Third daughter was named after the mother
Fourth daughter was named after the mother's oldest sister
Fifth daughter was named after the mother's second oldest sister or the father's oldest sister