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At baptism, if two given names were given to the child, the
first given name was a spiritual, saint's name, originally
developed from Roman Catholic tradition and continued by the
Protestants in their baptismal naming customs.  The second given
name was the secular or call name, which is the name the person was 
known by, both within the family and to this rest of the world.  
The spiritual name, usually to honor a favorite saint, was usually
repeatedly given to all the children of that family of the same
sex. 
  It was a common practice in some German families to name the
first born son after the child's paternal grandfather and the
second born son after the maternal grandfather. Here are several
more detailed naming patterns practiced by some families.

                         Pattern A

          1st son after the father's father
          2nd son after the mother's father
          3rd son after the father
          4th son after the husband's father's father
          5th son after the wife's father's father
          6th son after the husband's mother's father
          7th son after the wife's mother's father

          1st daughter after the wife's mother
          2nd daughter after the husband's mother
          3rd daughter after the mother
          4th daughter after the father's father's mother
          5th daughter after the mother's father's mother
          6th daughter after the father's mother's mother
          7th daughter after the mother's mother's mother


                         Pattern B

          The pattern B for the sons is the same as the above
          but this pattern for daughters was different

          1st daughter after the father's mother
          2nd daughter after the mother's mother
          3rd daughter after the mother
          4th daughter after the mother's father's mother
          5th daughter after the father's father's mother


                         Pattern C

          1st son after the father's father
          2nd son after the mother's father
          3rd son after the father's oldest brother
          4th son after the father

          1st daughter after the father's mother
          2nd daughter after the mother's mother
          3rd daughter after the mother's oldest sister
          4th daughter after the mother