The Irish Naming pattern
(see below the actual naming pattern)
The Irish have used a
naming pattern for centuries. This is not
used today as it was in earlier days, and it also seems that once they immigrated to the
US or Canada, this custom had seemed to die out somewhat.
Nonetheless, when researching in Ireland, especially in the nineteenth and
eighteenth centuries, when so many of the records had been destroyed by the fires, this was a very common practice , and it helps immensely when trying
to tie names together with families.
family that is still residing in Kennystown,
County Wicklow, Ireland, this practice has been used to some extent.
The present family
still there, are using family names.
Denis and Bridget Kenny
are the parents to Bartholomew, Michael, Denis, Richard, Mary, Elizabeth, Patricia,
Bridget and Rita, not necessarily in this order.
Certain family names
(from my Kenny family) in Ireland are Michael, Denis, Philip, Bridget, Anne, Richard,
Elizabeth, Thomas, William, James, Edward, Mary, and Bartholomew.
Bartholomew was one in particular that enabled me to trace our family to the one
presently living in Kennystown, Wicklow.
In Kennystown, there
seems to be at least one Bartholomew in every generation for many years.
My 5th great grandfather’s name was Bartholomew, married to Anne
Breen. Their son, Thomas and wife Ellen, came
to Smith Falls, Ontario,
Canada in 1851 with their children,
Richard, Edward, James and Anne.
is the Irish naming order that Families in Ireland have used for centuries.
First son after
son after mother's father
son after father
son after father's oldest brother
son after mother's oldest brother
(Sometimes father's 2nd. oldest brother)
First daughter after
mother's mother (or father's mother)
daughter after father's mother (or mother's mother)
daughter after mother
daughter after mother's oldest sister
Fifth daughter after father's oldest sister
mother's 2nd. oldest sister)