In his slim and excellent volume, The Name Is the Game: Onomatology and the Genealogist, NGS Fellow Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck coins the term uxornecronym: “the name of the first daughter born unto a second wife honoring the name of the first wife, who had died.” The word combines the Latin term uxor (wife), the Greek term necro (death), and the Greek term nym or onym (name or word).
Wait. What?! Is that really a thing? And could it possibly be useful in solving any genealogical problem?
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