Re: naming conventions
In the endogamous
Pennsylvania Dutch community in Central Pennsylvania where my
father was born, this was fairly common for men, although I
think it was often just an initial which has been expanded to
the full mother's maiden name by later recorders. At least my
grandfather always said he had only a middle initial, not a
middle name. Local newspapers always included the men's middle
initials in news reports.
Many large families descended from a small number of early settlers led to lots of intermarriage and double cousin relationships. If I keep looking I can often find triple and quadruple cousin relationships with my DNA matches.
On 3/15/2020 7:14 PM, David Youse wrote: