The Scottish Naming Pattern

Frequent use of the same first name/s among early Mercers may cause some confusion. This is mainly the result of the naming pattern commonly used throughout Scotland until comparatively recent times, viz:-

1st son named after the father’s father

2nd son after the mother’s father

3rd son after the father

1st daughter named after the mother’s mother

2nd daughter after the father’s mother

3rd daughter after the mother.

This pattern often helps researchers to trace previous generations.


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