Re: How to make sense of two death records that don't make sense to me #germany


It's my understanding that it is very common for multiple family members to be named for the same ancestor. My mother has 3 cousins on her mother's side all named Michael for their grandmother. My great-grandmother and her siblings all had daughters named Jente for their mother. I've also seen numerous instances of children named for their siblings who died as infants. Repeated names show up everywhere and it can create a fair amount of confusion.

I will say it would be unusual for a man to give two of his living children the same name, even if the children have two different wives. But for two cousins to have the same given name, be in the same profession, and then name their children for the same ancestor wouldn't be unheard of at all.

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