I was recently browsing through the list of names in my family tree and noticed quite a few occurrences of surnames becoming first names. It got me wondering how common this was and I suspect that certainly in the 18th and 19th centuries it was seen more often – but that is just a guess. The tradition in my family seems to have stopped for the most part, although I haven’t explored many lines into the last century.
So I though it would be interesting to post some examples from my tree.
Mason Buckley is my 2 x great grand uncle. His parents are Thomas Buckley and Henrietta Mason – my 3 x great grandparents.
Watson Dawson is my 3 x great grand uncle. His parents are John Dawson and Ann Watson – my 4 x great grandparents. The name Watson was also carried on in to subsequent generations.
Daniel Owen Espley is my wife’s grandfather. His father Frederick married Frances Owen.
John Bentley Hurtley is my first cousin 3 x removed. His parents are Thomas Hurtley and Maria Bentley.
Bracewell Kighley is my second cousin 3 x removed. His father is Isaac Kighley who married Sarah Bracewell.
Greenwood Lonsdale – is the son of Thomas Lonsdale and Sarah Greenwood.
Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove is my great grandfather and his parents are John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth.
My grandfather Fred Ainsworth Stowell Musgrove got his name from his parents Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove and Ellen Stowell.
My uncle Stowell is the last in that particular Musgrove line to carry on the tradition.
John Robert Turner Musgrove is my grand uncle. His parents are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner.
George Wigglesworth Nightingale – his parents are Thomas Nightingale and Ann Wigglesworth.
I really like the tradition and it’s quite sad that it has stopped.
How common is this tradition in your family?