There are other examples of which we know, where we also know to which family they do belong. In accord with a policy of only using the full names of people who are deceased at the time of writing, we can record that John and Sarah McIlhagga of Belfast have a grandson whose first and middle names are John and McIlhagga. John McIlhagga Collins (1945-1982) was the son of Albert Collins and Agnes McClure McIlhagga of Glasgow. Agnes McIlhagga X and William McIlhagga X are the two eldest children of William Meldrum and Minnie McIlhagga of Glasgow. Annie McIlhagga Y is the grand-daughter of Robert Dunlop McIlhagga and Annie Thompson of Castlequarter, County Antrim. Mr. & Mrs. McIlhagga in Wales have two grandchildren who they say are very proud of their middle name. They are Cameron McIlhagga Z and Catrin McIlhagga Z. If anyone knows of other examples I would very much like to hear from them.
Friday, 15 May 2009
A Middle Clan Name
The 1911 Census of Ireland has a particularly interesting entry for 33 Jersey Street, Shankill, County Antrim. It is for the Johnston family. William is 31 and Sarah 36. There are three children, Robert 7, Samuel McIlhaga 6 and Evelyn 4. Why was Samuel given the middle name McIlhaga? Perhaps it was his mother's maiden name, though I have no record of a Sarah McIlhag(g)a born in or near 1875. There is a similarly mysterious example on a website called GenealogyBank.com where there is Evelyn V. McIlhagga Milligan who died in 1999. Like Samuel, I do not know to which Clan family she belongs, but no doubt these are examples of parents wishing to preserve the Clan name when otherwise it might have been lost.