On Thu, 6 Feb 2020 00:39:45 UTC, Peter Moylan
Post by Peter Moylan Post by charles
I've only got one brother-in-law called James, but it's also the name
of both my sons-in-law.
My middle name is James. It's also the middle name of my father, my
eldest son, and his eldest son.
(It's also the first name of my grandfather and my
great-great-grandfather. The Irish like recycling names within a family.)
The Irish are hardly alone in that.
In my father's ancestry there was a series of at least six
consecutive first-born sons named José. There may have been more,
but that's as far back as I have been able to trace the ancestry.
The string was broken when my father's eldest brother died young,
though one of the other sons in that generation had middle name
In my wife's family are four consecutive fathers and sons all named
Milton. None of them was actually called Milton; they went by one
of the nicknames Big Mick, Mickey, or Mick. Two of them are still
living. This family carries a German surname and lives in
Back in my family, one of my great-great grandmothers was named
Adelheid. Four of her children had daughters, and every one of them
named their eldest daughter Adelheid. When one of those Adelheids
died in childhood, a later daughter was given the middle name
My father was Anthony, my middle name is Anthony, our eldest son's
middle name is Anthony, and his eldest son has middle name Anthony.
Our grandson by a different son has first name Anthony, and the
boy's other grandfather has first name Anthony. That last Anthony
is of Irish descent, coming full circle.
I don't even particularly like the name Anthony. Neither did my
father, because he thought Tony Varela sounded too Italian. Ah!