What’s the Point of that Middle Name?

Your ancestor’s middle name could be:

  • a maiden name of a mother or grandmother
  • a first name of another relative
  • a first name of a neighbor or family friend
  • a name from a contemporary famous figure
  • totally arbitrary and random

The fifth situation does not happen often, but it does happen.


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