Re: Naming Conventions #names


Rodney Eisfelder
 

Carl,
You asked "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?"
You picked a curious example, since they are the same name, one being the German version, the other the French. This was brought home to me when I saw Karl Marx's registration papers from his stay in Brussels in 1846 - his name is clearly shown as Charles Marx. Karl was born in 1818. The family surname came from his grandfather, who was named Mordechai, not Marx.

My great-grandfather's brother William, was born in Bamberg, Germany in 1837. He was either named after William IV who died the same year, or after his grandfather Wolf, who died in 1832.

The answer to your question will depend on where the grandparent died, where the grandchild was born, and the level of cultural assimilation of the parents.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

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