Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Middle Name

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  What is your middle name?  Do you know why your parents gave it to you?  

2)  Do you have ancestors with your middle name as part of their name?

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+.

Here's mine:

1)  My middle name is Jeffrey.  

I have no clue why they gave me the name.  I have looked at ancestral families back to 1800 and there is not one Jeffrey or Jeffery name to hand down.  

I know I should have asked my mother - she probably had a friend named Jeffrey from school or the neighborhood.

2)  I have one ancestor since 1600 with the given name of Jeffery.  That is Jeffery Jones (1635-1717) of Elizabeth, New Jersey, my 8th great-grandfather.  This is on my mother's side of the family.

I have one ancestor named Jeffrey Champlin (1618-1695) of Westerly, Rhode Island, another 8th great-grandfather.  There were a lot of Jeffrey Champlins up into the 1800s who were his descendants, but he is the only ancestor.


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Tim Banasek said...

My middle name is Joseph. I believe that it comes from my maternal grandfather, Josef Zajdel.

Peggy said...

My middle name is Lynn, from Lynn, Massachusetts, the city where I was conceived. I was born at the other end of the state in Pittsfield. Sure glad they didn't give me Pittsfield for a middle name!

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Instead of writing a blog post this week I am going to leave a comment because I have been having a really good time over on my blog with the "Fearless Female Blogging Prompts". And this question for Saturday Night Challenge is a pretty short and easy answer. My middle name is Ellen. My paternal grandmother's name was Doris Ellen. I was always told I was named after my maternal great-grandmother for my first name - Mary - and my paternal grandmother for my middle name Ellen. I never went much by Mary Ellen but usually have been called Mary.

Janice M. Sellers said...

Here is my middle name story:

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Jeffery and Joseph are fine middle names guys. But that being named after a town Lynn, that is very cool.

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

In case any one wants to see my Fearless Female posts- maybe Randy won't mind me posting a link since I got the Fearless Female info from him last week -

Suzanne McClendon said...

Here is the story of my middle name:
Middle Name Pride Day

As far as I know, none of my ancestors have the same middle name as I do...or rather, don't. :)

Have a blessed day!

mandorac said...

So my middle name is Kaye. Recently, I have filed for divorce from my husband of nearly 20 years. I'm taking my maiden name back AND I'm going to start going by my middle name. I don't care how many legal documents I will have to change or how long it will take...I am going to be a NEW ME! For the record, I'm not named after anyone, first or middle names.

Suveekay said...

My middle name is Victoria, named after my maternal grandmother. I think it's a sweet name, and cherish the association to grandma.

Shirley Ann Rankin said...

My mother hated her middle name "MAE." She was born in 1932 when Mae West was popular. When I was born, she named me after herself, but changed the middle name to "ANN," most likely because she had a cousin whose name was Shirley Ann.

Martin said...

My middle name is ROE. Actually, according to Norwegian naming laws this is not a middle name, but a second given name. Being the oldest son,I got this name as my father was named Bjarte Roe. We gave our oldest son the name Steinar Roe. Before my grandparents gave my father this name, there had been no Roe's in the family

In English speaking countries ROE is used as a surname. You may find Norwegian immigrants with ROE as their surname, but they likely was named RØE/RØD in Norway.

Here in a small area of Romsdalen, Norway, the name Roe has been used as a first name for centuries.

Nancy Ward Remling said...

Super, super easy!

dixonlisa said...

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