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Victoria Prescott (victoria_prescott) | 46 comments I've started blogging again after a hiatus of several years. I'd forgotten how time consuming it is - that was why I stopped before. Anyway, I updated yesterday:

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Jim | 21846 comments interesting :-)

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Victoria Prescott (victoria_prescott) | 46 comments Thank you!

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Victoria Prescott (victoria_prescott) | 46 comments I was going to write a blogpost about names in historical fiction, in particular about choosing character names when there was a relatively small pool of names in common use and nearly everyone was named after a parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt. Nearly every man might have been called John, Thomas or William in real life, but it doesn't work in fiction.

Then I found I'd written almost that exact post in my old blog some years ago: http://theenglishhistorian.blogspot.c...

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Jim | 21846 comments for several generations, the oldest son in our family was called Francis

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Victoria Prescott (victoria_prescott) | 46 comments Did the younger sons also call one of their sons Francis, after their father, so there were several cousins called Francis? I've come across that in real life - two families of cousins, all with the same names and similar ages, so it was impossible to tell which was which.

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Jim | 21846 comments Not in our family, but only because they didn't get a chance As far back as we could trace there were no younger sons or alternatively they died in Flanders

I know one farming family near here where they use three male names George, John and William, and have done for well over a century, and yes, that extends into cousins as well.

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