IRISH NAMING PATTERNS
There was more than tradition involved in naming Irish
was a "British Isles Naming Convention" of the late
1500 to 1850 that
suggested naming them as follows:
First son named for Father's father.
Second son named for Mother's father
Third son named for Father.
Fourth son named for Father's eldest brother.
First daughter named for Mother's mother.
Second daughter named for Father's mother.
Third daughter named for Mother.
Fourth daughter named for Mother's eldest sister
Second wife's oldest daughter named for the first wife.
Applying this pattern to a genealogy search is both
a valuable "clue" and a
potentially dangerous and misleading one. First of all, not all
of the Irish followed
the pattern. Secondly, in most cases there is nothing recorded
about death in
We know that one John Donnellan sired 23 children but only 8 lived
There is also no record of the names or order (oldest to youngest)
of these children.
In some instances the names were "re-used" as a commemoration
of a dead child's
existence. The procedure is to use it as an indication in a search
but to confirm
through other sources of data.
Another example:, Ms. 467 lists Murtogh/Nicholas as
being a son of the Archbishop.
we have enough documentation to prove this to be the case for
a Murtogh, but why
are they listed interchangeably on the manuscript? It does make
sense, according to the naming pattern, that there would be a
son Nicholas named after Nehemiah's
father-in-law---but we need more evidence.
Finally, Ms. 467 identifies John & Dorothy Mostyn
as having additional sons-James,
Loghlin and 3 as priests (Nicholas, Murtogh, & Eugene). This
may be verified
circumstantially by the data in the Maurice Donnellan biography
AND by naming
patterns-but I am still not ready to add them to the pedigree
until additional proof is located.