Re: Naming Conventions #names

Alan Greenberg

At 2020-09-21 08:36 AM, Carl Kaplan via wrote:
Two questions regarding naming conventions:

In the late 1800s, if paternal and maternal grandfathers were both
deceased when the first son was born, would he have been named after
the paternal grandfather, or was it a choice?
There is no universal rule that I am aware of. He could have been
named after either, or both.

When did the practice start for using the first letter of a deceased
relative's name for a child, rather than the whole name? Example
being naming a child Carl, after his grandfather Charles?
In my experience, that is not what happened. The child was given the
same Hebrew name as the ancestor, but with a different English name,
which typically matched in the first letter. So in my case, I was
named after my GGF Avraham (who never had an "English" name) but
since biblical names were not in vogue when I was born, I was named
Alan. Charles is a curious name with those bearing the name having
many Hebrew names, but the most common is Chaim.

Alan Greenberg
Montreal, Canada

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