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Appendix A

 

Naming Practices and Customs

 

 

Whereas genealogy is the record of descent of a person   from an ancestor, onomastics is the term applied to the study of the origin of names, naming practices, and naming customs.  Although the origin of the Breakey surname is not to be debated, naming practices and customs are relevant to this research.

 

In various countries and cultures there is often a repeated pattern in naming practices and customs.  The following discussion is presented in support Isaiah Breakeyís descent from Andrew Brekey of Lismagonway.

 

As for Scottish naming practices, although not always the case, the first son is named after the fatherís father; the second son is named after the motherís father; the third son is named after the father (Ruhle & Ruhle).

 

German communities in America held to their traditional naming patterns and customs:  the eldest son was named after the paternal grandfather; the second son was named after the maternal grandfather; the third son was named for the father (Monk, 1997).

 

The Dutch people entertained similar naming practices:  the first son being named after the paternal grandfather and the second son named after the maternal grandfather (Ristenbatt).

 

And, lastly, Irish naming patterns are detailed for sons and daughters:

 

The 1st son was usually named after the fatherís father

The 2nd son was usually named after the motherís father

The 3rd son was usually named after the father

The 4th son was usually named after the fatherís eldest brother

The 5th son was usually named after the motherís eldest brother

 

The 1st daughter was usually named after the motherís mother

The 2nd daughter was usually named after the fatherís mother

The 3rd daughter was usually named after the mother

The 4th daughter was usually named after the motherís eldest sister

            The 5th daughter was usually named after the fatherís eldest sister

                                                                                 (Author Unknown)

 

In light of the above data, I refer to the names of the children of Isaiah Breakey of Lismagonway: the first son (Isaiahís eldest son, according to Glasgow matriculation records), was named Andrew; from baptism records his second and thirds sons, respectively, were named James and Isaiah.