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Marnie asked in Pregnancy & ParentingBaby Names · 2 months ago

In Irish naming tradition is it only the eldest that would follow the tradition?

If younger children followed it too what would the order be? 


So if you were the 2nd child for example and your older brother named his first son after dad, the babys granddad, would you then also name your son after your dad?

6 Answers

  • Kevin
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    2 months ago
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    No it is all children 

    Traditionally children were named after the following people so a father of two choirs potentially end up with two grandsons named after him, father of 5 with 5 grandsons with his name etc. 

    Sons - named after

    1st born - paternal grandfather 

    2nd born - maternal grandfather 

    3rd born - father

    4th born - eldest paternal uncle

    5th born - eldest maternal uncle 

    6th born - 2nd eldest paternal uncle 

    7th born - 2nd eldest paternal uncle 



    1st born - maternal grandmother 

    2nd born - paternal grandmother 

    3rd born - mother

    4th born - eldest maternal aunt

    5th born - eldest paternal aunt 


    So yes if your sibling named there son after your father and you would also name a son after your father

  • 2 months ago

    If my older brother named his son after our, I wouldn't use it as a first name for my son, but I am okay with using it as a middle name. My grandpa, dad, and brother have the same name and my brother plans on using it for a son. If I have a son I would like to use their name as a middle name- also its my maternal grandpas middle name and I would like to honor them all. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

     I’d try to post this question under ‘Ireland’ section zxj

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  • 2 months ago

    If the traditional pattern is to name the first child after the paternal granddad, then why are there so many Irish-surnamed eldest sons named after their fathers? Look at the Kennedys -- all their eldest sons (except Robert F. Kennedy's) are named after their fathers. RFK named his eldest son after his brother (and paternal grandfather).

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Why follow in a tradition? Is their some great reward that comes in the following of it? Is there a punishment that comes with not doing it? Just name your kid a good name or your choosing. My family is psychotic with name-sakes.... truly.... and it is for nothing.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Don't understand your question. The traditional Irish naming convention means the first son is named after his paternal grandad, the second after his maternal grandad, the third after his father. Then then uncles on each side. 

    Girls followed similar, but with maternal being first.  

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