There’s a reason you should use quite different first and middle names for your children AND use names that are different from their parents/grandparents… Your descendants
ancestors searching records for genealogical information will thank you for it!
Below is an image of the information I found in some South Australian records — I’ve confirmed the names and years of birth based on the parents’ names, but I can’t confirm dates of marriage/death etc. as there are SO many names the same, or variations of the same names! What a mess!
Note the names of the parents… and then the names of the children. Note also how there are male and female variations of the same name (Johann/Johanna/Johanne and August/August), and repetitions (brothers: Johann Freidrich and Johann Friedrich William; father and son: Johann Gottlieb; mother and daughters: Johanna Caroline, Johanne Caroline, Caroline). Some of the repetitive names may have been the result of infant deaths, but it’s very hard to confirm this with so many names the same.
It’s possible that ‘Anna’ was christened ‘Johanna’ based on the pattern here. I think Maria and Hermann got off lightly.
- Naming names (part 1): https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/naming-names/
- Usability of gravestones and memorial markers: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/the-usability-of-gravestones-and-memorial-markers/
[Links last checked April 2016]