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    What are the most frequent first names of your ancestors?

    My top five first name of my ancestor:

    Female first names:
    1- Jeanne 250 (20%)
    2- Perrine 131 (10.5%)
    3- Julienne 113 (9%)
    4- Marie 87 (7%)
    5- Françoise 81 (6%)

    Male first names:
    1- Jean 302 (22.9%)
    2- Pierre 186 (14.1%)
    3- Julien 131 (9.9%)
    4- François 86 (6.5%)
    5- Guillaume 79 (6%)
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    I looked at the names of my known ancestors back to my 6x great grandparents. I considered similar names such as Ellen/Helen to be the same. I also made a distinction between Mary and those who were known by two names such as Mary Ann or Mary Alice.

    Men (156 individuals)

    The top five were -


    John 25 (16.02%)
    James 20, William 20 (12.82%)
    Thomas 12 (7.69%)
    Frank/Francis 11, Richard 11 (7.05%)
    Henry 7, Robert 7 (4.48%)

    I've put the rest of the names in the spoiler below.

     
    Aaron 1
    Ambrose 1
    Arthur 4
    Brian 1
    Charles 2
    Daniel 1
    David 1
    Edward 2
    George 6
    Jeremiah 1
    Job 2
    Jonas 1
    Joseph 5
    Lewin 2
    Patrick 2
    Peter 1
    Phillip 1
    Ralph 2
    Samuel 5
    Shadrach 1
    Wilkinson 1


    Women (149 individuals)

    The top five were -


    Mary 21 (14.09%)
    Elizabeth/Betty 20 (13.42%)
    Helen/Ellen 14 (9.39%)
    Sarah 12 (8.05%)
    Jane 11 (7.38%)

    I've put the rest of the names in the spoiler below. There's a lot more variety in the women's names.

     
    Abigail 1
    Agnes 2
    Alice 5
    Amelia 1
    Ann/Annie 10
    Beatrice 1
    Bridget 1
    Catherine 3
    Dorothy 2
    Eleanor 1
    Eliza 1
    Esther 1
    Ethel 1
    Frances 3
    Hannah 3
    Harriet 1
    Isabel/Isabella 3
    Jane 11
    Jennet 1
    Joanna 1
    Lucy 1
    Lydia 1
    Margaret 9
    Margery 1
    Martha 2
    Mary Alice 1
    Mary Ann 4
    Mary Ellen 2
    Nancy 3
    Nelly 1
    Sheila 1
    Susan/Susannah 3
    Tamar 1
    Last edited by Stephen1986; 09-10-2021 at 06:35 PM.

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    Most common first names:

    Women:

    Rose: 10.
    Catherine: 6.
    Mary: 5.
    Ann: 3.
    Nancy: 3.
    Peggy: 3.
    Jane: 2.


    Men:

    John: 16.
    Patrick: 8.
    James: 6.
    Hugh: 5.
    Samuel: 2
    Last edited by Nqp15hhu; 09-10-2021 at 06:21 PM.

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    I can go back to my 3x great grandparents and some 4x great grandparents.

    Men (35)
    Mark - 6 (17.1%)
    William - 5 (14.3%)
    James - 4 (11.4%)
    John - 3 (8.6%)
    Michael - 3
    Bernard - 2 (5.7%)
    Patrick - 2
    Martin - 2
    Joseph - 1 (2.9%)
    Thomas - 1
    Daniel - 1
    Peter - 1
    Charles - 1
    Dominic - 1
    Owen - 1
    Hugh - 1

    Women (33)
    Mary - 9 (27.3%)
    Bridget (including Bedelia) - 7 (21.2%)
    Celia - 3 (9.1%)
    Ellen - 2 (6.1%)
    Margaret - 2
    Catherine - 2
    Gertrude - 1 (3%)
    Theresa - 1
    Josephine - 1
    Maria - 1
    Nannie - 1
    Jane - 1
    Honor - 1
    Anne - 1
    Ancestry: Ireland (Paper trail ≅ 81.25% Roscommon, 12.5% Galway, 6.25% Mayo)
    Y-DNA (P) ancestor (Y): Kelly b. c1830 in Co. Roscommon (Uí Maine)
    mtDNA (P) ancestor: Fleming b. c1831 in Co. Roscommon
    mtDNA (M) ancestor: McDermott b. c1814 in Co. Roscommon
    mtDNA Great grandfather: Connella b. c1798 in Co. Roscommon (T2a1a8)
    Y-DNA 2x great grandfather: Higgins b. c1816 in Co. Roscommon (R-DF109)
    Y-DNA 3x great grandfather: Fleming b. c1829 in Co. Roscommon (R-Z23534)

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    men

    Pierro/Pietro - 5
    Giacomo - 4
    Angelo - 3
    Vittorio/Vettore - 2
    Domenico - 2
    Valentin - 2
    Giuseppe/Beppe - 2
    Matteo - 1
    Luigi - 1
    Arcangelo - 1
    Antonio - 1
    Simone - 1

    no living mens names added



    women
    Cattarina -3
    Domenica - 2
    Maria - 2
    Antonia - 2
    Sonia - 1
    Luigia - 1
    Emma - 1
    Rosa - 1
    Elisabetta -1
    Lucia - 1
    Orsola - 1
    Lorena - 1
    Clizia - 1
    Beatrice - 1
    Romilda - 1
    Ida - 1
    Elisa - 1
    Pierina -1
    Regina - 1
    Teresa - 1

    no living womens names added


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    Grandfather via paternal grandmother = I1-CTS6397 yDna
    Great grandmother paternal side = T1a1e mtDna
    Son's mtDna = K1a4p

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    Top 5 of each.

    Men:

    Jean 13
    Charles 6
    William 6
    Joseph 6
    Pierre 4

    Women:

    Marie 21
    Jeanne 4
    Anne 4
    Francoise 3
    Elisabeth 3

    I've noticed before that on my French lines names appear to be repeated much more often than on my other lines that I've traced so far, which skews this quite a bit towards the French lines. However, I did also include some differences in the above data, like Charles-Christophe and Marie-Geneviève. I'm not sure if those should count as separate or not.

    Editing to add an interesting note to me at least, I'm the first in my direct surname line to not have a French type first name.
    Last edited by linthos; 09-11-2021 at 06:51 AM.
    Paper Trail - Primarily French Canadian and Scottish (through Canada), after that there is English, Portuguese, German, and a small amount of Native American.

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    Names among my known ancestors for 15 generations (around a thousand or so individuals), only names with more than 10 instances:

    Male: John (86), Thomas (59), William (47), Richard (31), Henry (24), Robert (23), Edward (16), Samuel (15), James (14).
    Female: Elizabeth (61), Mary (59), Ann or Anne (35), Margaret (25), Sarah (17), Jane (12), Rebecca (12), Catherine (11).

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    Extrait des statistiques Geneanet (Extracted from Geneanet statistics)...
    Les 311 prénoms (934 personnes)
    58 Marie
    55 Jeanne
    54 Jean
    53 Pierre
    37 Antoine
    26 François
    25 Anne, Marguerite
    21 Françoise, Jacques
    20 Catherine
    17 Louise
    14 Etienne
    12 Guillaume, Toinette
    11 Marie Anne
    10 Antoinette, Gilles
    9 Geneviève, Henry
    7 Jean Baptiste, Jean Pierre, Julien, Marie Geneviève, Thérèse
    6 Elisabeth, Louis
    5 Bernard, Joseph, Marie Barbe
    ...

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    I looked back through 4th g-grandparents, direct ancestors only. Most of the names were distinct (only one Zechariah or Solomon or Jeremiah, only one Rahab or Judah or Dorcas, only one Cornelius or Dudley, etc.), but some had multiples:

    Men

    John (9)
    David (5)
    William (4)
    Samuel (3)
    Frank (2)
    August (2)
    Charles (2)
    Peter (2)

    Women

    Mary (6) + Maria (1)
    Anna/Ann/Hannah (5)
    Elizabeth or related (Eliza) (4)
    Mary Ann (3)
    Margaret (3)
    Jane (3)
    Nellie (2)
    Sarah (2)
    Susanna (2)

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    Going back 6 generations:

    William x7
    Charles x6
    John x6
    Joseph x4
    Patrick x3
    James x2
    Samuel x2

    Ann/Anne x8
    Katherine/Catherine x4
    Emma x2
    Mary x2
    Mary Ann x2
    Hannah x2

    8 generations on the English side:

    William x8
    Charles x6
    John x6
    Joseph x4
    Thomas x4
    Samuel x4
    Daniel x2

    Ann/Anne x7
    Mary x6
    Elizabeth x3 (+1 Eliza)
    Sarah x3 (+1 Sarah Ann)
    Hannah x3
    Emma x2
    Rebecca x2
    Catherine x2
    Mary Ann x2
    Esther x2
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