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German Naming Traditions


1st Son after the Father's Father

2nd Son after the Mother's Father

3rd Son after the Father

4th Son after the Father's Father's Father

5th Son after the Mother's Father's Father
6th Son after the Father's Mother's Father

7th Son after the Mother's Mother's Father



1st Daughter after the Mother's Mother

2nd Daughter after the Father's Mother

3rd Daughter after the Mother

4th Daughter after the Father's Father's Mother
5th Daughter after the Mother's Father's Mother
6th Daughter after the Father's Mother's Mother
7th Daughter after the Mother's Mother's Mother


These Naming Traditions were shared with me by my Grandmother Maggie (Fink) Kaiser.

They were written in an old German Lutheran Family Bible.


Grandma's Apron
The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect

the dress underneath, but along with that, it served
as a holder for removing hot pans from the oven; it
was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on
occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken-coop the apron was used for carrying
eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to
be finished in the warming oven. When company came
those old aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids
and when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it
around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow,
bent over the hot wood stove.  Chips and kindling-wood
were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the
garden it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled it carried out the
hulls.  In the fall it was used to bring in apples
that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was
surprising how much furniture that old apron could
dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready,
Grandma walked out on the porch and waved her apron,
and the men knew it was time to come in from the
fields for dinner. It will be a long time before
anyone invents something that will replace that
old-time apron that

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