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10 Commandments for Names
(With bonus commandments!)

 

 

(1). Thou shalt name your male children: 
James, John, Joseph, Josiah, Abel, Richard, Thomas, William

(2) Thou shalt name your female children: 
Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, Maria, Sarah, Ida, Jane, May

(3) Thou shalt leave NO trace of your female children.

(4) Thou shalt, after naming your children from the above lists, 
call them by strange nicknames such as: 
Ike, Eli, Polly, Dolly, Sadie.???making them difficult to trace.

(5) Thou shalt NOT use any middle names on any legal documents or 
census reports, and only where necessary, 
you may use only initials on legal documents.

(6)Thou shalt learn to sign all documents illegibly 
so that your surname can be spelled, or misspelled, in various ways:  
Hicks, Hicks, Hix, Hixe, Hucks, Kicks

(7) Thou shalt, after no more then 3 generations, 
make sure that all family records are lost, misplaced, 
burned in a court house fire, or buried so that 
NO future trace of them can be found.

(8) Thou shalt propagate misleading legends, 
rumours, & vague innuendo regarding your place origination

(A) you may have come from : England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales....or Iran.
(B) you may have American Indian ancestry of the______tribe......
(C) You may have descended from one of three brothers that came over from______

(9) Thou shalt leave NO cemetery records, or headstones with legible names.

(10) Thou shalt leave NO family Bible 
with records of birth, marriages, or deaths.

(11) Thou shalt ALWAYS flip thy name around. 
If born James Albert, thou must make all the rest of thy records 
in the names of Albert, AJ, JA, AL, Bert, Bart, or Alfred.

(12) Thou must also flip thy parent's names 
when making reference to them, although "Unknown" 
or a blank line is an acceptable alternative.

And my own personal addition:

Thou shalt name at least 5 generations of males, 
and dozens of their cousins with identical names 
in order to totally confuse researchers.
 
Author Unknown

Contributed and Transcribed by Brenda James

Page Revised: July 2002 (Don Tate)

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