HELPFUL RESEARCH HINTS

Naming Patterns


1.     If you can’t find a will try the deed books.  Oftentimes people either sold for $1 or just outright gave their property to their children or another person before they died.
2.    There are many other documents recorded in the deed books, inquests, divorce, mills, mill dams and so on.

"The Old Jones Naming Pattern"

"Shirley Hornbeck's This and That Genealogy Tips on Naming Patters"


The first son is named after the father's father.

The second son is named after the mother's father.

The third son is named after the father himself,

The fourth through last son is named after a favorite brother or friend (usually of the father)

The first daughter is named after mother's mother

The second daughter is named after the father's mother

​The third daughter is named after the mother 

The fourth through the last daughter is named after a favorite sister of friend (usually of the mother)


In-Law 

​In contemporary society the term used to designate someone to whom you are related by your own marriage or that of a sibling. In colonial society this term  also referred to  relationships created by the marriage of a parent, currently called " step relationships. Thus a " mother-in-law in the 17th century may have been father's second wife.


More names and nicknames

Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Niece and Nephew Adults who were not necessarily relatives were often referred to as "Aunt" and "Uncle", especially in the South. As well as other people not blood relatives but having a close relationship would be called "Cousin, Niece, or Nephew".


Junior and Senior 

Junior does not always mean father and son, the child could be named after a close relative or friend of

the family. Many times, boys especially, were given a name that is also used as a title.  For instance, doctor, colonel.


​Tubal is not a typo, it is a Biblical name.