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When a child is born of a Greek family the name it receives is
not chosen randomly but traditionally. If the child is a boy it takes
the grandfather's name from the father's side. If it is a girl, it
takes on the grandmother's name from the father's side. If there is
another boy born, it would then take on the name of the grandfather
from the mother's side. If another girl, the name of the grandmother
from the mother's side. After that there is no specific way that
names are chosen. However, traditional families normally don't have
more than four children. All children born of a Greek family inherit
the father's name as their middle name.

Where learned: GREECE

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 00001940CA

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