A Plethora of David and Richard (52 Ancestors, #6)My grandfather emigrated from Wales with his parents in 1878. David Richard Gill and Ellenor Morrison had six kids—five boys and one girl. My Uncle David Richard Gill (1894-1963) is one of this first native-born generation in my family. He carries the family tradition of son with the same name as father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
There are nine men named David Richard on the paternal side of my family tree: great-grandfather, grandfather, uncle, paternal first cousin, first cousin once removed, second cousin once removed, cousin Earl’s son, cousin David’s son, and a half-brother – five generations of Gill men. And most of them have blue eyes.
If a boy isn’t named David Richard, he has his mother’s maiden name as his middle name. That’s just how it’s done, and it’s how you keep the child-mother connection straight in cases of plural marriage or second, third, and fourth marriage.