The Most Popular Tickle/Tickell Names
I’ve been looking at the most popular names given to Tickle / Tickell children in the database on this site. I thought it would be interesting to see if there were any major differences between those with English and German origins. Here are the top 15 names for each – they are surprisingly similar. Perhaps this shows how traditional families were in choosing names in the past.
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I wonder how many of those names appear in your family today? Maybe not as first names but perhaps as middle ones.
To understand how names were repeated in families, it’s useful to know the traditional naming pattern for many European families (followed even now in some countries).
Family Naming Patterns
In the 18th and 19th centuries many families followed a traditional pattern when naming their children:v
- The first son was named after the father’s father
- The second son was named after the mother’s father
- The third son was named after the father
- The fourth son was named after the father’s eldest brother
- The first daughter after the mother’s mother
- The second daughter after the father’s mother
- The third daughter after the mother
- The fourth daughter after the mother’s eldest sister
The pattern would be amended to avoid duplicates, if the grandparents or father had the same name, for instance. Although it was not followed strictly in every family, it can be helpful in determining whether a particular person is a likely ancestor or descendant.
When a child died (and in the 19th century only about a third of children reached adulthood), the next child of the same sex to be born was often given the dead child’s name. This seems strange to us but was very common.
This system often led to multiple grandchildren of similar ages having the same first name. To avoid confusion, from the mid-1800s it was common to give children a middle name. This was particularly common in German families. English families often used the mother’s maiden name as a middle name and this often continued for several generations to the present day,