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Passing down a given name from generation to generation is a noble practice, but it does make for endless confusion, and requires some patience on the part of the players to keep it all straight. And that extends to genealogists too.

It's even more confusing when the name is passed down two or more times in a single generation. I have found a lot of cases where, if a child died, the parents would use the same name for the next child.

And then there's the II situation, where a brother of the child named Jr would use the same name for his child. I tried to keep track of that during the Morris Hobbs count. (I have, so far, eleven people named Morris Hobbs, including direct ancestors and collateral relatives).

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