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Origin of a Middle Name

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SylviaInCanada Report 19 Jan 2013 05:36



Foulis Report 18 Jan 2013 14:46

thank you Fairy Godmother and Reggie for your responses.
All the Foulis family that you have listed Fairy Godmother is my family, Alexander Anderson Foulis was my grandfather and his many siblings, 1 of which is still alive today. I can account for most of the middle names given and have spoken with the surviving sibling, he can recite all the names but cannot remember where Gilmour came from.
I am back to 1675 in the Foulis line and the 1700´s for the mother of Robert Gilmour Foulis born 1877, I hope to find it one day.
Reggie - thank you for your information, I have charts copied from the Scottish Library in Edinburgh of my greater family back to 1490 and in the days of James IV of Scotland. My direct descendants all came from St Andrews and surrounding areas of Fife, but the noblemen were mainly in Edinburgh still looking for the link to St Andrews, although there was a William De Foulis who was archdeacon in St Andrews in 1432.


Reggie Report 18 Jan 2013 12:27


groom's name: Andrew Baronet Gilmour
groom's birth date:
groom's birthplace:
groom's age:
bride's name: Margaret Foulis
bride's birth date:
bride's birthplace:
bride's age:
marriage date: 14 Sep 1652
marriage place: Edinburgh Parish,Edinburgh,Midlothian,Scotland
groom's father's name: John Gilmour
groom's mother's name: Elizabeth Edmond
bride's father's name: Alexander Baronet Foulis
bride's mother's name: Elizabeth Hepburn
groom's race:
groom's marital status:
groom's previous wife's name:
bride's race:
bride's marital status:
bride's previous husband's name:
indexing project (batch) number: M11982-4
system origin: Scotland-ODM
source film number: 1066688

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 18 Jan 2013 09:51

From a tree on Ancestry it seems most of the children in this family were given surnames as their middle names.

Children of Robert Foulis 1847 and Margaret Scott 1847.

Mary Campbell Foulis
1900 – 1991
Margaret Hamilton Scott Foulis
1902 – 1960
Robert Christie Foulis
1903 – 1905
Alexander Anderson Foulis
1905 – 1983
Betsy McGregor Foulis
1907 – 1982
Jemima Anderson Morris Foulis
1909 – 1986
Robert Gilmour Foulis
1911 – 1978
Janet Nicol Foulis
1914 – 1956
Agnes Stewart Foulis
1916 – 1978
Elsie Terris Foulis
1918 – 1978
John Scott Foulis
1920 – 1923
Helen Jeffrey Foulis
1922 – 1984
Robert 1847 father Robert Foulis 1807 and Margaret Grieve 1814 and Robert 1847 has a son called Thomas Grive Foulis.


Andrew Report 18 Jan 2013 09:48

Hi Yvonne and welcome to the GR message boards.

A name like yours can be a family surname sometime in the past. I have a simalar occurance in my tree that noone knew the origin of until I traced it back 6 generations.
So keep tracing back and you may find it somewhere.

Good luck with your research.

If you do need assistance,then people on the boards are happy to help with searchs and lookups for you.


Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 18 Jan 2013 09:45

Welcome to the boards Yvonne. It seems this is a Scotish enquiry.


Foulis Report 18 Jan 2013 09:41

My father´s name is Robert Gilmour Foulis, I can see when the name Gilmour was added into the family name back in 1877 but cannot find where it came from. I have researched on both the father and mothers families, especially the mothers ancestors. I have also looked on the birth certificate at the registers name and ministers name as it was suggested to me that sometimes the middle name can come from that person, but no luck there.
I have looked to see if there were families with the surname Gilmour living in the same area but cannot make any connection.
Any other suggestions would be appreciated.