The Lyon Quintuplets
I have created a new page about the Lyon Quintuplets. No, they aren't related to the Cunningham family (that I know of!), but I found the story so fascinating, I had to creat a page for them! Click here to read about them!!
Scot Naming Patterns
Scots often named children by following a simple set of rules. Don't use these as a firm guide (there were often variations, for all sorts of reasons) but you may find that some of your ancestors used these too...
First born son, named after Father's Father (paternal grandfather)
Second born son, names after Mother's Father (maternal grandfather)
Third born son, named after Father
Fourth born son, named after Father's eldest brother (eldest paternal Uncle)
Fifth born son, named after Father's second oldest brother or Mother's oldest brother (eldest maternal Uncle)
First born daughter, named after Mother's Mother (maternal grandmother)
Second born daughter, named after Father's Mother (paternal grandmother)
Third born daughter, named after Mother
Fourth born daughter, named after Mother's eldest sister (eldest maternal Aunt)
Fifth born daughter, named after Mother's second oldest sister or Father's oldest sister (eldest paternal Aunt)
** In some cases you will find the the order is reversed with the first and second children, i.e., the first born son being named after the Mother's Father, and the second born son after the Father's Father. If this is the case, then the daughters are also usually reversed.
Definition of the word "Clan"
Definition of the word 'Clan' The Gaelic word for children is more accurately translated as 'family' in the sense in which the word clan became accepted in the Scottish Highlands during the 13th century. A clan is a social group whose core comprises a number of families derived from, or accepted as being derived from, a common ancestor. Almost without exception, that core is accompanied by a further number of dependent and associated families who have either sought the protection of the clan at some point in history or have been tenants or vassals of its chief. That chief is owed allegiance by all members of the clan, but ancient tradition nevertheless states that 'the Clan is above the Chief'. Although Gaelic has been supplanted by English in the Lowlands of Scotland for nearly a thousand years, it is an acceptable convention to refer to the great Lowland families, like the Douglases, as clans, although the heads of certain families, such as Bruce, prefer not to use the term. Allegiance was generally given to a father's clan, but Celtic tradition includes a strong element of descent through, and loyalty to, a mother's line. In reality, the chief of a clan would 'ingather' any stranger, of whatever family, who possessed suitable skills, maintained his allegiance and, if required, adopted the clan surname.
Definition of the word "Sept"
A Sept is a family name which can be related to a clan or larger family for various reasons: Either through marriage or by seeking protection from a larger and more powerful neighbouring clan or family. Many names which are recorded as septs have since become clans in their own right and many can be related to more than one clan.
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