Posted in personal, Uncategorized, tagged Amore, genealogy, House, James, Johnson, names, web sites, William on September 4, 2008 |
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Thanks to Randy over at Genea-Musings, several of the genea-bloggers are flocking to How Many of Me to find out how many people in the United States have our name. That started me thinking about the naming patterns within my ancestry and family.
Donna Przecha has an article at Genealogy.com on the Importance of Given Names. Donna writes, “You will often see the same names used over and over again in families. While certain names are popular in different areas in different times in history, the repetition could represent a pattern.” She writes of English naming patterns of which son is named after the father’s father, the mother’s father, the father, or father’s & mother’s brother(s), and the same with the daughters being named after grandmother’s, mother, and aunts.
Many have noticed as they are inputting names into Gedcom files, that there may be several generations of sons who carry on either a given name or middle name. So I thought I’d go through my list to see what I could find.
The furthest ancestor in my Amore line is William Amore. He has 6 descendents who share his name.
- His son (my great-grandfather) – William Henry Amore
- His grandson, (my grandfather) – William Lloyd Amore
- His great-grandson, (my uncle) – William Gail Amore
- His 2nd great-grandson, (my first cousin) – William V. Amore, Sr.
- Another 2nd great-grandson – William C. Amore
- His 3rd great-grandson, (my first cousin once removed) – William V. Amore, Jr.
The House line has several William’s (12 – first names)
- Born 1642
- Born 1672
- Born abt. 1684
- Born 1713
- Born 1744
- Born 1781
- Born 1813
- Born 1840
- Born 1853
- Born 1871
- Born 1946
Middle name of William:
- Fredrick William House - born 1878
James’ (first / middle)
- My great-grandfather – James Emory House
- His son – James Wilbur House
- His grandsons – Welby James House & my dad (whose middle name is James)
- His great-grandsons – both named James Amore
- His 2nd great-grandson – my son James S.
- A 3rd great-granddaughter – Jamie
In my maternal Johnson line there are many men with the first name of James who descended from my 3rd great-grandfather, Jacob Johnson:
- his son (my 2nd great-grandfather), James Wilson Johnson
- his great-grandsons, James Bertram Johnson, James Wilson Shively, James Madison Shively, James Leroy Delawter
- his 3rd great-grandsons, (my brother) James Amore, A. James Hastings, James Shively
- his 4th great-grandson (my son), James S.
And also descended from Jacob with the middle name of James:
- his son, John James Johnson
- his 3rd great-grandson, E. James Pratt
I plugged the names into the How Many of Me website and came up with this:
- William Amore - there are 3,749,171 people in the U.S. with that first name. There are 2,379 people in the U.S. with that last name. There are 29 people with that exact first and last name.
- James House – there are 5,076,176 people with that first name. With the last name, there are 51,860 people. There are 863 people with that same name.
- James Johnson – with the last name there are 2,470,975 people. There are 41,117 people with the same name.
- William House – There are 637 people with that same name.
- James is the #1 most popular first name.
- Johnson is the #2 most popular last name.
- William is the #6 most popular first name.
Oh, and how did my name rank? There are 282,179 people with the same first name (on a personal note: I’d like to know where all these people are!). There are 5,613 with the same last name (and if they are from Missouri – probably related!). There are only 5 of us with the same first and last name. Have you played?
Quite possibly you may be able to discover the name of that brick wall ancestor, if you analyze the naming patterns throughout the generations.
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Yes, I’ve felt like I’ve taken a long commercial break! This week started out busy – last week! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to be coherent enough to form any sort of thoughts to write about. I will return to posting (have I got a LOT to tell you!) soon.
I do want to thank Randy Seaver – I think he’s my new BFF! Randy’s Best of the Genea-Blogs Week of August 24th on his blog, Gene-Musings included not one but TWO of my posts from last week! He mentioned my Freaky Friday 4th Edition post from last week and my post on Dissecting Obituaries. As a result, I received many visitors yesterday – over 110! Thank you again, Randy! I hope I can reciprocate the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness!
I also received 4 comments yesterday regarding my previous posting about my great-grandmother’s, nephew, Chase T. Noonan (The Case of Chase). Turns out Chase’s daughter, Ruth, ended up getting married and having a daughter! My new-found cousin contacted me, and I am hoping to correspond more with her soon. She hadn’t seen any of the photos I had, so I want to share everything I have learned with her.
And now back to your regular scheduled programming . . .
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I decided to head over to Alltop to see who all made the list and much to my surprise . . . (wait for it) . . . (wait for it) . . . I made the list! Do we have a party now? Confetti! Noise makers! Champagne! I’m a cool kid, too!
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Posted in Blogging, Facebook, Photographs, Smile For the Camera (Carnival), stories, Websites, tagged Genea-Blogger, photos, Smile For the Camera, web sites on August 14, 2008 |
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Shades of the Departed posted the 4th Edition Smile for the Camera this morning. The theme is My Favorite Photograph. There are 40 participants and they are all great! Go check it out and see how some folks had a difficult time picking just one favorite! My entry is Two Sisters and shows a cherished photo of my grandmother and her sister when they were young.
Also – if you aren’t part of the genea-bloggers on Facebook and are wondering what other genealogy blogs are out there, please go to An Index of Site Titles Published by Members of GBers on FB with Links to those sites. Terry Thornton of Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi put together a really wonderful list. Check out these blogs and make sure to leave comments and bookmark them. Thanks, Terry!
Have you read Sheri Fenley’s The Educated Genealogist Sheri’s also participating in the Genea-Blogger Group Games and has listed several of her accomplishments. She’s also written a series of posts concerning her trip to Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. What a sense of humor you have, Sheri! Please go check out her blog and make sure you tell her you stopped by!
Jasia, at Creative Gene responded to questions asked by two other writers. Tim Abbott at Walking the Berkshires wanted to know what were the 10 most influential albums of your youth in The Soundtracks of My Salad Days. Jasia responded to this question with this answer. The other question was posed by Schelly at Tracing the Tribe who wondered where we’d be today if Alex Haley hadn’t written “Roots”. Jasia gave her humorous reply here. I left my response as a comment on Jasia’s post.
Thanks, fellow Genea-Bloggers, for great writing and posts today!
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