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From: "John Malone" <>
Subject: Re: Name patterns
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 11:43:58 -0000
You suspect that the name "Porter" may be a surname used as a Christian
You are probably right, I have come across this practice.
An ancestor of mine rejoiced in the name George Derrig Anselm Malone - in
this case "Derrig" was a surname of one of his female ancestors. I suppose
it was a way of preserving the female surname, and would have been used
particularly if the woman had no brothers to carry on the family name.
""Marion Merlynn"" <> wrote in message
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> I agree that this is interesting. Funny enough, my ggfather was
> GEORGE PORTER CROSSON. My gmother was VINOLIA JOAN PORTER CROSSON.
> I am MERLYNN PORTER MARION. How's that for confusion. I have an
> Idea that PORTER might have been my ggfather's mother's surname. I
> Could be wrong. But can you see how this name has come down. I can't
> Figure it out.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michelle Thompson [mailto:]
> Sent: 12 July 2006 07:17 AM
> Subject: Name patterns
> This is really interesting and it made me realize that there was a
> pattern in my family of naming the sons after the father. My maternal
> GGGrandfather was John Albert Berger Sr. and that name continued through
> 4 generations. John Albert b.1822, John Albert b.1848, John Albert b.
> 1872 and the final John Albert born 1901 (who remained single which
> probably accounts for the end of the line). But they were not Irish,
> this was German heritage. My Greatgrandfather John Albert b. 1872
> married a Scottish decendant Isabella Ramsey and her Mother was named
> Isabella and the name Isabella went through 4 generations until it ended
> as Isabelle with a great great granddaughter.
> On my Dad's side they were just rebels with no real pattern to naming
> Kind regards,