I hadn't heard about the first son's middle name was to be the mother's maiden name. That makes quite a bit of sense.
I did know that it was quite common for one of the children to carry the mother's maiden name as part of their name, but exactly which part I had no idea.
I do know that the naming pattern then was:
1st son was to be named after the father's father,
2nd son after the mother's father
1st daughter after the mother's mother
2nd daughter after the father's mother
3rd son after the father
3rd daughter after the mother
4th son after the father's eldest paternal uncle
4th daughter after the mother's eldest maternal aunt
5th son after mother's eldest maternal uncle
5th daughter after father's eldest paternal aunt
6th son after father's eldest brother
6th daughter after mother's eldest sister
7th son after mother's eldest brother
7th daughter after father's eldest sister
There were instances where they would combine a couple of the people together, just to be sure that they would get them all in. Such as the eldest son was named after BOTH of the grandfathers, or one of the grandfather's and the husband at the same time.
My late husband is the reason I got involved with Haywood genealogy. In fact some of his relatives were Morris that were in Haywood/Crockett counties.
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