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Old 02-18-2009, 07:33 PM   #1
Jason Lopez-Ota
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I could google this but this is more fun

My girlfriend asked me an interesting question. If a dude has the same name as his Dad usually Jr. or II follows it. What about if a girl has the same name as her mother? I've never seen a Maria Jr..

Anybody know the answer?
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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Re: I could google this but this is more fun

Women don't carry the family name.

I'm actually George Mounce, V.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:18 PM   #3
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Re: I could google this but this is more fun

My wife is named after her dad......Billy and she is billie...I think he wanted a son
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:28 PM   #4
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Re: I could google this but this is more fun

I went to school with a girl known as "Amy Jr." because her mother was Amy, but George is right; in Western culture, a woman won't carry a Jr., or III or IV, because she doesn't maintain the family name.

There are probably a culture left somewhere on Earth where the matrilineal line is how families are reckoned; it's very likely there was a time when this was the norm in human society, before the relationship between sexual intercourse and birth was well understood, the birth of children would have been miraculous.

For instance, all that harshness on women in the Bible facilitates a change to a male-dominated society; without paternity tests, those strictures on women are the only way to ensure you know who the father is. If wealth and identity passes through the female line, it doesn't matter... you bloody well know who the mother is.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:03 PM   #5
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Re: I could google this but this is more fun

Ancient Egypt passed the Pharaonic line from mother to daughter. Whoever the daughter marries becomes the successor to Pharaoh.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:32 PM   #6
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Re: I could google this but this is more fun

I think the Egyptians had it almost right.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:01 PM   #7
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I think the Egyptians had it almost right.
But they missed it by a mile. As a result, the Pharaoh would want HIS son to carry on. So the Pharaoh and his wife would have their son and daughter marry each other (who were brother and sister, themselves). Then, the heirs, when they were full-grown, would get their children to marry... and then they would play Dueling Banjos for the wedding processional.
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