When baptized, children were usually given several given names. Some of these may be the names of parents or other relatives. In some areas, names given at baptism were not the same names that the child used during life. Civil registration records may only list a child’s first given name, but church records (such as baptism registers) would list all of the given names.
In Italy a particular naming pattern was very common and continues to be used in some regions today. The following pattern may be helpful in researching family groups and determining the parents of the mother and father:
- The first male child was often named for the father’s father.
- The second boy was often named for the mother’s father.
- The first female child was often named for the father’s mother.
- The second girl was often named for the mother’s mother.