His Name is What?

The other day I shared a trio of given names favored by my Walton ancestors. So imagine my surprise the first time I saw my maternal grandfather’s birth certificate: I knew Grandpa as John George Walton. He signed everything John G. Walton. My mother thought her father’s name had once been George John Walton, but his mother…

What’s in a Name?

In a word – everything! When naming their sons, my Walton line chose from a short list of monikers. My grandfather was John (1905-1980), who’s father was James (1871-1911), who’s father was James (1843-1916), who’s father was John (1809-1870), who’s father was Thomas (1783-1843). Grandpa John had an older and a younger brother named James.…