The Italian Tradition of Naming Children
1st son is named after the fatherís father
2nd son is named after the motherís father
1st daughter is named after the fatherís mother
2nd daughter is named after the motherís mother
3rd daughter or son is named after the fatherís sister or brother
4th daughter or son is named after the motherís sister or brother
Henry is named after his fatherís father.
Charlie was named after his fatherís older brother.
(This was a break with tradition as my mother did not really
know her father.)
Frank was named after his fathers other older brother.
Mamie was named after her fatherís mother.
Sam was named Salvatore, ĎOur Savior.í
Tony was named after his motherís mother. (This was another
break from tradition. My mother wanted to name this child,
boy or girl, after her motherís mother, Antoinette).
Joe was named after St. Joseph.