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The history of the double name

double name history

If you grew up in Louisiana, chances are you knew someone named Sue Ellen, Sarah Jane or Mary Margaret. Double names are very common in the South, but have you ever wondered how they came to be?

Wanting to name children after Roman Catholic saints, parents doubled up on names to honor this tradition while trying to avoid confusion in the classroom. Double names originally became popular in England during the 17th century when having more names signified a higher class status.

The desire to honor family members has made the tradition of double names continually popular over the years.

Dominique Becnel, Gambel Communications

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