Re: Father and son with same given name I have come across #general

Sally Bruckheimer

"2. Different middle names."

Our ancestors in Europe did not have middle names as we know them. Double names were common, however, with both parts being equal. My ggrandfather Abraham Samuel, for example, was called Abe or Sam at different times.

However, I have also seen birth records from Eastern Europe, with the baby and father having the same name, and the father has an age and occupation, so he is alive. I agree with the meaning of the post - perhaps either the father or son - or both - had double names, so the names aren't identical.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

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