We all have names of family which repeat over and over again through the years. I have lots of those names in my different family lines. And they can make figuring out who is who a nightmare. In my MILLER family, for example, the furthest I have traced is to a John MILLER, born in 1753 and his daughter Catherine MILLER (who married a man apparently unrelated named John MILLER)! There are lots of John MILLERs in this family line, but I don’t really know if the names are from earlier family members or just because John is a familiar and popular name.
However, I have traced one line back to Thomas ELLIS, born 1683 in Wales who had a son named Enos Ellis. After that I’ve found the names Enos and Ellis given to many family members for almost 200 years. These names are not the usual names given to sons so I think I can say that these names were passed down through the generations–even if they didn’t know exactly where the names came from.
Enos Ellis–6th great-grandfather, born 1725; died 1783
Ellis Ellis–6th great-uncle, born 1760; died 1808
Ellis Pickering–1st cousin 6x removed, born 1780
Enos Pickering–1st cousin 6x removed, born 1783
Enos Ellis Pickering–4th great-grandfather, born 1779; died 1851
Enos Ellis Williams–3rd great-uncle, born 1833; died 1915
Eugene Ellis Williams–1st cousin 3x removed, born 1871; died 1946
Thomas Enos McCullough–great-uncle, born 1907; died 1984
Do you have any unusual recurring names in your families? Do you think I can plausibly say that these names were passed through my family?