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Thread #136762   Message #3125392
Posted By: harmonic miner
31-Mar-11 - 06:44 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: On having two first names
Subject: RE: Folklore: On having two first names
In parts of Ireland, the extra first name is used to distinguish between people who have the same firstname and surname.

So there are two John O'Sullivans. But one is the son of Tom, so he's called John Tom O'Sullivan. The other is the son of Andy so he's called John Andy O'Sullivan.

This extra first name is not the same as a middle name though. On John Tom's birth certificate he may be named John Michael O'Sullivan.