Naming patterns across Europe tend to following this pattern. In England this happens less though. It is however common for parents to name offspring after themselves.
- 1st son – after the paternal Grandfather
- 2nd son – after the maternal Grandfather
- 1st daughter – after the paternal Grandmother
- 2nd daughter – after the maternal Grandmother
Certainly in Italy it is very important to adhere to this and therefore, you sometimes see the names repeating, perhaps as a second given name to a sibling.
It is also common to find those of the Catholic faith giving second given names to children to use the name Maria for baby boys!
As a name nerd, I feel sorry for people from cultures where such naming customs are all but legally enforced. It’s like letting your great-grandparents choose your children’s names instead of choosing original names you love. It can also be very frustrating to do genealogical research when most people in a family have the same dozen or so names over and over again.
I do agree, but in the case of Italian genealogy it is quite fascinating, as it can provide a clue to the earlier years. It is also about the culture and honouring family.