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Thread #136762   Message #3125241
Posted By: maple_leaf_boy
30-Mar-11 - 08:59 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: On having two first names
Subject: RE: Folklore: On having two first names
Perhaps use of the two names is more common in communities where relatively few surnames exist. - Poppa Gator
Here, we have a situation like that. Some of us use two names, but
a lot of people also have a nickname. If there are several John MacDonalds (just picking a common name) we might use a second name (usually their given middle name) and add a nickname as an alternate surname. If one is a carpenter, we might call him John Allan Hammer to distinguish him from the other John MacDonalds.