Dear Jim, Jim, Cliff and Tiffany, and others
I too have found your discussions fascinating, though I have no connection
with any of those lines. Fascinating to the point that I saved the letters
to study at my leisure and add to my collection of names and naming.
If I can brag a bit <sheepish grin>, I was guest speaker for the Chapman
Family Association Convention recently in Salt Lake City, and the beginning
of my talk was about the derivation of names and the Chapman name in
particular. I didn't have room or time to include naming practices which
varied from group to group.
But your letters have been very thought provoking, though they haven't
helped with my Snyder line. Of course, I still haven't found the parents of
my Cyrus, b 1833, and he and wife Rebecca Smith (Schmidt line) didn't seem
to follow any particular practice. The first son was John Wesley, which
makes me think they must have been Methodists, the second son Henry
(there's a Henry Snyder in Columbia who might be related), and the third
son was named Smith E. Snyder. So I finally got a last name for a first,
one I already knew. Sigh.