Apology to those who follow this blog. I have been so remiss in posting on a regular basis. We are doing a full renovation on our townhouse and it is taking longer than we anticipated. I want to give my full attention in preparing a post on the Hepworth line only to have my mind wonder to all that needs to be done.
Recently, I came across information concerning the English pattern in naming children which was very interestng. I find the Hepworth line and the Kidgell line followed the pattern to some extent.
The following article explains:
THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVEN NAMES BY by Donna Przecha.
"Given names are [very] important because they represent a voluntary choice by the parents or, sometimes, by an individual. A name is usually not given lightly. It represents thought and feelings and can be significant to the researcher.
You will often see the same names used over and over again in families. Donna continues.....While certain names are popular in different areas in different times in history, the repetition could represent a pattern. Many cultures beleive in honoring their elders and do so by naming children after them.
Naming Patterns of the English was popular in the 1700-1875.
- 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
If you are LDS and are familiar with the new.familysearch.org site;(you need an LDS membership number to be able to registrar on this site.) bringing up the Thomas Hepworth Family File is very frustrating because their is so many erroneous dates; birth dates that are wrong and incorrect death dates, even names of parents that are not right and other spouses which I know beyond a doubt that Thomas was only married to Mary Fletcher. This incorrect information is put there by other members who don't realize their Thomas Hepworth is not the same man as my guy. This family file is really a mess. For example someone has put in incorrect parents:
Going back to the naming pattern; of all Thomas and Mary's thirteen children, not one is named Richard. Nor is there a Richard in Thomas's brother John's family of eleven children.
We are almost finished with the renovation. Hopefully, I will be posting about the Hepworth's soon.
Thanks for understanding.