Living same-name siblings and British historical demography

Chris Galley*, Eilidh Garrett, Ros Davies, Alice Reid

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This article examines the extent to which living siblings were given identical first names. Whilst the practice of sibling name-sharing appeared to have died out in England during the eighteenth century, in northern Scotland it persisted at least until the end of the nineteenth century. Previously it has not been possible to provide quantitative evidence of this phenomenon, but an analysis of the rich census and vital registration data for the Isle of Skye reveals that this practice was widespread, with over a third of eligible families recording same-name siblings. Our results suggest that further research should focus on regional variations in sibling name-sharing and the extent to which this northern pattern occurred in other parts of Britain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-36
Number of pages22
JournalLocal Population Studies
Issue number86
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


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