Fanning Family Landholdings in Ballingarry Co Tipperary Ireland 1650 and 1850

Sections from  “Landlordism in Ballingarry Parish in 1650 and 1850” by Dr Thomas McGrath which involve the Fanning family:

“The lands of the present Catholic parish of Ballingarry comprising the civil parishes of Ballingarry, Mowney and parts of the civil parishes of Lismalin and Crohane, were owned by twelve people c. 1650. Of these twelve, five were Butlers, either closely or distantly related members of the most important family in the region. The Butlers owned well over half the land of the parish.

The largest landowner in the parish in the mid seventeenth century was the non-resident Earl of Ormonde who held a total of 4,600 acres which was but a small portion of his total landholding. The Earl and Countess of Ormonde directly controlled over 85,000 statute acres in County Tipperary alone.

The Earl’s holdings in Ballingarry were as follows with the acreage given in brackets, Ballintaggart (1,600), Mohober (1400), Rosnharley (Harleypark-200), Gortnassy (100), and Boulintlea (Boulea-900). Pierce Butler, Lord Viscount Ikerrin resided at Lismalin where his solid castle can still be see (as can his castle at Clonmichlon in Gortnahoe parish). He held the townlands of Lismalin(664), Gragagh(700), Ballygalvan(400), Shangarry(360), The Islands and Gragaugh(598), Garrynagree(410), Garrynoe(500), Knockankitt(200), Shangarry(400), making a total of 4,232 acres. Again this was only a portion of his 26,700 statute acres in County Tipperary. Thomas Butler of Kilconnel held Crohane(1600) and Ballincurry(180) totalling 1,780 acres. Pierce Butler of Callan held 800 acres at Williamstown and William Butler of Ballykerrin held 300 acres there. People bearing the Butler name thus controlled 11,712 acres in the Ballingarry area.

In comparision to the Butlers, the Fanning Family, who were also of Anglo-Norman origin, were of minor importance though they were well established in Ballingarry holding 4,454 acres. Nicholas Fanning held 1600 acres at Ballingarry. Jeffry of Glengall held 474 acres consisting of Glengall(1184) Grawn(100), Ballaghboy(150) and Gortnassy(40). William Fanning of Farrinrory held 1,980 acres: Farranrory(1,000), Cappagh(680), and Kilmackenoge(300). Edmond Fanning of Gortfree held 400 acres therein.

Between 1650 and 1850 landownership in the parish completely changed. The Anglo-Norman families of Butler and Fanning (invariably described as ‘Irish Papists’) who had supported the native Irish in rebellion against the New English in the 1640s were dispossessed during the Cromwellian (if not the Williamite confiscation’s). Fanning of Ballingarry was executed. Viscount Ikerrin (with all his tenants and retainers) was transplanted.

In Slieveardagh officers in Cromwell’s army (in particular) and adventurers who had financed the war were offered the forfeited lands of those who had been in rebellion on the losing side. Many of the adventurers sold on and of course during a period of two centuries lands would have changed hands many times through the normal processes of sales, wills, legacies, etc. The denomination of townland acreage’s also changed substantially.The three biggest landowners in Ballingarry in 1850 were of New English origin and held over 2,000 acres each. “

The Fanning Family in Ballingarry Co Tipperary Ireland 1512 to 1731

Ballingarry Castle was recorded as being in the possession of Nicholas Faninge of Ballingarry in 1641. Faninge was part of a powerful land holding family in the parish of Ballingarry from the medieval period to the seventeenth century.

The castle was probably a tower house and residence of the Fanning’s.

Ballingarry medieval church functioned as the parish church. The church appears to have been in ruins at the end of the fifteenth century but was reconstructed, possibly by the Fanning family whose Ballingarry tower house was nearby.

Ballingarry settlement was associated with the Fanning Family in the later medieval period. In 1512 Geoffry Fannyng was described as the Lord of Ballingarry (Curtis, E. 1932-1943 Calendar of Ormond Deeds, Vol. IV, 71). Geoffry Fanning was probably the free holder called to the Liberty Court of Tipperary in 1508 as a juror (Curtis, E. 1932-1943 Calendar of Ormond Deeds, Vol. IV, 329).

The castle of Ballingarry was probably built by the Fannings. In 1654 Nicholas Faninge, an Irish Papist was recorded as the proprietor of Ballingarry and the settlement at the centre of the parish was described: “Upon the sayd lands stands a good castle with a tatcht house & some cabbins and a mill standing upon a little brooke neare the castle.” (Simington, R. C. 1931 The Civil Survey AD 1654-56 Co. Tipperary Vol. I. Stationary Office: Dublin).

The Fannings were one of a few families to retain their land after the Cromwellian confiscation’s. In the census of c. 1659 a Jeffry Fannying Esq. is returned as the principle land owner of Ballingarry townland (Pender, S. 1939 Census of Ireland c. 1659. Dublin. 295). In 1667 Jeffry Fanning paid taxes for three hearths, including an oven and a kiln (Laffan, T. 1911 Tipperary Families, Being the Hearth Money Records for 1665-7. Dublin.135).

The area occupied by Ballingarry settlement was small. The historical record and the remains on the ground show that the settlement was dominated by the Fanning tower house and other buildings owned by them.

The Fannings were associated with Ballingarry from the early sixteenth century, possibly when they built their tower house. The choice of site was influenced by the presence of the parish church. The settlement described in the Civil Survey appears to be a wealthy farmstead with services and functions for a grazier estate.

Any nucleation at the centre of the parish was sponsored by the Fanning family, either for their own use, the functions of the estate or as houses for the workmen of the estate.

The Catholic people of the Parish built a new Church at “Kilbaheen”, situated 250 yards east of the present church, in 1731, on land reserved by Mr. Fanning when he sold his property to Mr. Jacob (Visitation Book, pp133-134).

Source: Ballingarry Sth Tipperary

Early Fanning History in Ireland from 1346 to 1710

CAPTAIN RICHARD FANNING.

Ortelius’s Map locates this family in the Barony of Pobble-Brian, County of Limerick; and the name is of record in Ireland from the time of Edward the Second. In 1346 John ‘Fanyn’ was one of an influential Commission deputed to examine the fitness of the guardians of the peace and the adequacy of the array in the County Limerick, and Simon ‘Fanyng’ is of record, as a landed proprietor therein in 1355. In three years after Hugh Fannyn was appointed a guardian of the peace and commissioner of array in Tipperary. It was a name of influence also In Kilkenny, where, in 1545, Henry the Eighth granted the fee of certain lands to Oliver Fannynge, whose son and heir died in 1623, leaving Robert, his son and heir, then aged thirty and married. Again, in 1590, died William Fannyng, having made a previous settlement of his estates there, the trustees of that settlement were James, son of Thomas Fannyng of Ballintaggart, in Tipperary; Robert, son of Walter Fannynge of Mohobber, and Richard Fannynge of Kappaghintallagarry. James was the son and heir of said William, the settler, but he, dying in his father’s life-time, William Fannyng succeeded, his namesake’s estates. In 1632 a Robert Fannyng died seised of several lands in Kilkenny, and leaving William, his brother and heir, then aged thirty-three and married.

* Clarke’s Correspondence. MS8. T.C.D., Lett. 83.

The name was more especially influential in Limerick, until the Munster war of Elizabeth’s time. Geoffrey Fanning of Glenagal and Patrick Fanning of Limerick were of the Confederate Catholics at the Supreme Council of 1646, while Alderman Dominick Fanning was one of those to whom, on the capitulation of Limerick, the mercies of the articles were denied. In 1668 Jeffrey Fanning had a confirmatory grant of upwards of 2,000 acres in Tipperary, as had William Fanning of 531 in Galway. Besides this Captain, William and David Fanning were Quarter-Masters in Colonel Henry Luttrell’s Horse. On the Attainders of 1691, the only Fannings mentioned are William of Batty-rath County of Kilkenny, and David Fanning of Kilkenny, merchant. Richard is not on the Roll, nor are any of the Limerick Fannings; while on the Establishment of 1710 the name of Robert Fanning is noted for an annual pension of £10.”

Source: “Illustrations, Historical and Genealogical, of King Jame’s Irish Army List” by John D’Alton 1861

Fannings and Darmodys in Ireland 1571 to 1603

Fannings and Darmodys in the Fiants in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth:

1571: Numerous Pardons with address seldom specified; some are in Co. Carlow and others appear to be of Kilkenny. None seem of Tipperary although there are numerous Butlers, Wales, Meaghers, Tobins, Purcells, Fannings, Nolans, Hacketts, Keatings, some Fogartys, Ryans, numerous Graces, some Comefords, Carrolls, Burkes.

1584: Pardon to James Fannyng of Ballikele (Ballkeely, ? Cashel), David Fannynge of Tully. Pardon to Konoghor m’Dermodite M’Brien of Sholdode. 4535 (3879). Pardon to Edm Fanninge m’Rich of Kahirgillewogre(Carrigoreilly?). Security provisions as in 4475. – 26 Nov XXVII. ( Same date pardon to more O Mulryans, Walshes etc in Co. Limerick, without further address; but probabley of Owenbeg and Clanwillian.

1585: Pardon to Wm M’Dermod of Creighe; Wm,m’Dermody roo of Killycknegarf; Teig m’Deirmody M’Sekays of Ballebarre husbandman; Melaughlen ruo M’Deirmody of Cahirkenlis

1587: Pardon to Donell m’ Dermodie O’Mulrian of Coroncharef; Conoghor m’Donogho m’Dermody of Clangibbons

1597: Pardon to Rich Fanning Fitz Patr., Wm Faninge Fitz James, Rich Fannynge Fitz Oliver, Geoffrey Fannynge Fitz John, Oliver Fannynge Fitz James, Wm. Fanninge.

1600: Pardon to Oliver Faning of the Gradges yeoman.

Provided they appear and submit themselves before the queen’s commisioners or keepers of the place who for the time being shall be assigned in the said county, at the next general sessions, and be sufficiently found with convenient sureties, to keep the peace and to answer and personally appear in all sessions held in the county when called to satisfy the demand of all the queen’s subjects according to justice. Pardon not to extend to any murder or intrusion whon possessions of the crown or release of any debt, fine of alienation, account or arrears payable to crown – 22 Sept XLIII. (C.P.R., 575)

1601Teig m’Dermody I Mulrian of Arlow yeoman. Km. m’Dermody m’Brien, yeoman of Corrie. Connor m’Dermod m’Brien of Ballifirrin; Wm. M’Dermod O’Heallahie of Ballichinsie; John roe m’Deirmody of Cnocklonghy of Kilfrushe; Teige m’Dermod O’Lalor of Dremnemeghan; Dermod m’Teige m’Cragh yeoman of Rosenemoltiny; Wm. m’Dermod m’Cragh yeoman of Rosenemoltiny; Donogh O’Kenedie Fitz Dermod of Porttolichan (Portland); Oliver Fawning of Garrynnegri yeoman; Wm. Fanyne Fitz James; John Fitz Morris m’Dermodie of Mullagh; Gillenenewe m’Dermod; James Fanyne of Ballingarry; Teig m’Dermodie O’Hallorane; Mahown duffe O’Dermodie of Sollihoid; Pardon to Jeffrey Faning Fitz Edm of Killmocollomiogh, and tho Faninge of Mogowry, yeomen; John mDaniel O’Dermody of Loghney husbandman.

Provided they personally appear and submit themselves before the Queen’s commissioners or keepers of the peace in the several counties in which they live, at the next or 2nd sessions after the date of pardon; and shall then be sufficiently bound, with convienient sureties to keep the peace and answer in all sessions in the several counties when called to satisfy the demands of all the Queen’s subjects according to justice. Pardon not to extend to any murder committed by any of these persons before their entry into rebellion, nor intrusion on possessions of crown, nor to remit or release any debt, account, or fine of alienation, due to crown. Those engaged in the redemption of the Earl of Ormond from captivity among the rebels, exempted from proviso requiring security. The pardon recommended by the Earl of Ormond – 6th Aug. XLIII. (C.P.R. – 591).

1602: Pardon to: Nicholas Fannynge Fitz Edm. e valle, of Ballinacloghie?; Shane Fannynge of Lismalyn, gent; John O’Dermody of Kelucherie; Oliver Fanynge of Cappagh yeoman; Tho Fannynge of Buylekele gent; Edm Fannynge of Balleneclogher yeoman; Tho Fannynge yeoman of Balleneclogher; James Fannyng of Bollenvale yeoman;

1603: John Fanynge of Bowllekeill yeoman; Pardon to Oliver Fannynge Fitz James of Garrynegrey, gent; Jeffrey Fannyngl m’ Edm of Kilmokyn

Provisions as in 6497, save proviso excepting crimes committed after the date of the Lord President’s letter is ommitted, and the date of the Lord Deputy’s warrant for the pardon inserted in the body of the patent, as the period up to which offences are pardoned. Pardon not to extend to any murder committed by any of parties before they entered into rebellion – 3rd March XLV. (C.P.R, 634).

Provided they appear and submit before Nick Walsh, Knt., Chief Justice of the Common Bench, W. Sarey the Chief Justice of Munster, John Everarde, Second Justice of the place, Gerald Comerford, Second Justice of Munster, and Dominick Sarsfield, queen’s attorney of the province, or 2 of them, within 3 months, and be sufficianthy bound with sureties; and that all recognyances taken be recorded in the council book of the province of Munster, at the next sessions in the county where the parties live. Unless the persons aforesaid find security within 3 months, the pardon, as to them, to be of no effect. Pardon not to extend to any intrusion on crown lands, or debts to crown – 3rd Mar. XLV. (C.P.R.-629).

From the Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records and of the …, Volumes 17-21 By Ireland Public Record Office, Ireland. State Paper Office 1885

Source: Annates for the Diocese of Emly

If above link doesn’t work google Annates of Emly and Cashel and when the Ryan site URL comes up click on Cached.

Inquisition involving Fanning Family Co Tipperary Ireland 1555

The jurors say that Nicholas Richard and John Fanyng Fitz Geoffery of Ballyngarry, Teige Beare O’Howlaghan and Dermot O’Treassy alias O’Twee of the same, kearns*, advised procured and abetted by Geoffrey Fanyng gent, willfully burned a house at Ferenrory conntaining 40 cows with 60l. of William Fanyng gent and also a girl called Sawe Iny Canlyen who was in the house. Ormond Deeds V 25th April 1555, Inquisition taken at Clonmel.

* A kearn or kern was a light armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland.

The Anglo-Norman Fanning Family Co Tipperary Ireland 16th & 17th Century.

Co Tipperary Cahir Castle Butler Coat of Arms
Butler Coat of Arms Cahir Castle Co Tipperary
Geoffrey Fanning of Ballingarry Co Tipperary Ireland c1660
Geoffrey Fanning of Ballingarry Co Tipperary Ireland c1660

Source:  “The peerage of Ireland : or, A genealogical history of the present nobility of that kingdom” page 48 John Lodge.

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The History of Clonmel by Rev William Burke 1907 page 8
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History of Clonmel by Rev William Burke page 22
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History of Clonmel by Rev William Burke

The History of Clonmel by Rev William Burke, published 1907.

Fannings and Darmodys in the Religious Census 1766 Co Tipperary Ireland

The largest religious census was undertaken in 1766. Each Church of Ireland minister was asked to provide a listing of all members of each denomination in his parish.

The number after the name gives the number of people in the household.

Parish of Donoghil (Tipperary South)1766 : Michael Darmody, Thomas Darmody, Walter Darmody, James Darmody

Parish of Killevinogue: Thomas Darmody 6, John Darmody 4, William Darmody 3.

Parish of Knockgraffon (Tipperary South): Mich Fanning, John Fanning

Parish of Mealiffe or Moyaliffe (6 miles S.W. from Thurles): David Fannin 6, David Fannin.

Cullen, Soloheadmore, Soloheadbeg and Cluggin. 1766: Jonathan Darmody.

United parishes of Latin, Bruis, Shronill, Corrogue, Clonpet & Cordangan -,Civil Parishes in South Tipperary. Adjoining names will be neighbours: John Ryan, Timothy Nihill, William Ryan, James Giffin [Griffin], Richard Molowny, Daniel Ryan, John Shehane [Sheehan], Daniel Ryan, William Fannin, William Pendergast, Darby Murphy, James Murphy, Thomas Glasheen, Cornelius Raverty, Malachy Dunnavane, John Hackett, Roger Corbet, Darby Reardon, Pat Comenane (Cummin], Richard Power, John Fannin, Robert Fannin.

Parish of Newchapel: John Faning.

Full lists are at Religious Census 1766 IGP

Fannings in The Hearth Money Rolls 1665 to 1667 Co Tipperary Ireland

The Hearth Money Rolls “contain the muster roll of the inhabitants of Tipperary five years after the restoration of Charles II and thirteen years after the surrender of the last organised Irish forces. The Hearth Money Tax was introduced soon after the return of Charles II as it afforded a convenient instrument for extracting the last farthing from a defeated race.” (Thomas Laffan).

The Bishop of Cashel and Emly, Rev. Dr. Thomas Fennelly wrote an introduction to Thomas Laffan’s “Hearth Money Records” and this is part of what he wrote:

” They are intstructive in this – that they bear testimony to a remarkable historical fact, illustrating the tenacity with which the Irish people clung to the soil of their native land, in spite of the repeated efforts of the Invader to allienate them from it.

These lists were drawn up less than twenty years after the slaughter connected with the Cromwellian war, and the clearances effected by the Cromwellian Settlement, and the wonder is that any Irish names appear on them. But, singular to relate, the vast majority of the names are those of the native Irish. In the Cromwellian Settlement the Irish Inhabitants, except a few of the labouring class, were ordered to depart to Connaught, where possessions were assigned to them in lieu of those from which they were expelled, and their former holdings were parcelled out amongst the Cromwellian soldiers and adventurers. In this way the whole of the County Tipperary was taken from its lawful owners, and carefully allotted to English and Scotch settlers, proportionately to the nature of the services rendered, or the money subscribed to the expenses of the war.

The names of the new occupiers are given at length in “Prendergast’s Cromwellian Settlement” and, comparing them with these lists, it can be seen that the Cromwellian soldiers and adventurers had almost entirely disappeared in the brief interval, and the Tipperarymen were back again in the homes of their ancestors. The short tenure of these merciless plunderers can be attributed mainly to the following causes:-First, they were unused to farming, and therefore they had neither the skill nor the industry which was essential to the successful cultivation of the soil. Secondly, they were located on separate portions of land, and in that way they became easy prey to those dashing spirits, who did not go to Connaught, but took to the mountains and the bogs, whence they made nightly incursions into the neighbouring farms, and abstracted from them cattle and corn and other portable goods. This annoyance was too much for the late comers, and to avoid it they sold out their goods and departed. Thirdly, many of the Cromwellian landlords kept the native Irish as tenants, irrespective of the law of Transportation. To these may be added sevearl minor causes, amongst them being the protection of the Ormonde family, which regained its ascendancy after the stormy times had passed away. But, notwithstanding all explanation, it is very singular that  plot designed and executed with such systematic care should have completely failed in so short a period, and that the native Irish were back again on the soil that belonged to them by the Law of Nations and by immemorial Right.”

The Hearth Money Act 1662 provided that there was to be a tax of two shillings “for every fire, hearth, or other place used for fireing and stoves ” (Laffan). The rolls consist of the names of householder who paid the hearth tax, it is arranged on a county, parish and townland basis.

Tipperary is almost unique in the Irish counties in having her rolls complete.

1665 Baronia de Middle Third:

Parochia de Drangan: Edmond Fanning 1hearth 2 shillings.

1666-1667 Barony of Middlethird:

Parish of Drangan:

Morrish Fanning, Ballynenaine 1h 2s, Edmond Fanninge Newtowne 1h, Edmond Faninge Preistowne 1h;

Parishes of Clonoone, Coolemududy and St Augustine: Ballyhomack: Edmond Fanninge Ballynad 1h

Baronia de Elliogurty and Ikyryn:

Parochia de Borresliegh and Ballyomurrine: David Faning 1h 2s; Thos. Faning 1h 2s.

Parish of Bourny: Thomas Fanninge Lughmockerock 1h 2s.

Baronia de Slieverdagh and Comasy:

Parochia de Kyllenayle: Thomas Fanning, Kylleny 1h 2s.

Parochia de Ballyngarry:

Geoffry Faning, Ballyngarry, 2h 4s.

Glangall and Beallaghboy Villages: David Fanning de Fearanrory 1h 2s. John Faning, Ballynsagirt 1h 2s. Thos. Faning, Ballynsagirt 1h 2s.

Gortfree and Garrynagree Villages: William Faning de Kyllmokenage 1h 2sGeffry Faning 1h 2s

Parochia de Lishmallyn: James Faninge Ikyrn 1h 2s. Island and Gragagh Villages: Richard Faning 1h 2s,

Baronia de Owney and Arrar:

Parochia de Killvelan: Lawrence Faning, de hills 1h 2s

Parish of Killvelane Lawrence Fanning Towlo 2h and an oven.

Barony of Clanwilliam:

Parish of Clony Pett  Jeoffry Fanning, Breanshae and Ballynuntye 1h

Barony of Slevardagh:

Parish of Bowlicke: Nicholas Fannyng, Clonamicon 1h, Jeoffrey Fanning,Esquire, Ballingarry, 3h,an oven and a kilne 10s, Thomas Fanninge 1h Ballintaggart, Thomas Fanning, Cappah, 1h

Parish of Lismalin Richard Fanninge, Mohubbur, 2h 4s, Mary Fanninge, Mohubbur, 1h 2s

Parish of Killinainvan and Modeshello: Jeoffrey Fannyng, Ballyvadlea 1 h 2s

Barony of  Owney and  Arrar:

Parish of Bourney Thomas Fanninge Lughmockerock 1h,

Parish of Killevelane (in Owny) Lawrence Fanning, Towloe, 2h and an oven, 6s.

The Hearth Money Rolls for 1665-6-7 online free at Ask About Ireland.

Fanning Listings in Penders Census 1659 Co Tipperary Ireland

Census of Ireland 1659 was compiled by Sir William Petty and edited by Seamus Pender. It gave the names of those who held title to the land and the total number of persons resident in each townland.

The format was as follows : Parishes, Townlands, Numbers of People Tituladoes Names: Eng. (Scotts) Irish. It gives the names of those who held title to the land and the total number of persons (English and Irish) resident in each townland, it also lists the principal Irish names in each barony and their number. According to Pender the term “Titulado” is best explained as referring to the principal person or persons of standing in any particular locality; such a person could have been of either sex, a nobleman, baronet, gentleman, esquire, military officer, or adventurer. The returns also give the names and numbers of the principal Irish, by barony.

In the Barony of Sleavordagh in Penders’ Census 1659, C0. Tipperary there are 31 Fanninges listed under “Principall Irish Names their Number”. The number of people in this Barony being 307 English and 2101 Irish.

In the Parish of Ballingarry at the place Mohobbur are 23 people and at the place Ballingarry there are 53. The Tituladoes or principal occupiers being Jeffery Fannying Esq and William Fannyng gent.

In the Parish of Killenule at the place Killeens there are 22 people with the tituladoe being Thomas Fannynge gent.

In Middlethird Barony there are 10 Faninges living.

Penders Census 1659 covering Co Tipperary can be viewed on The IrelandGenWeb Project site.

Ancestry of Edmund Fanning of Connecticut America 1620 to 1683

The following is a post by Jon Fannon (Dec18, 2008 in Ireland Roots Tipperary) where he gives an outline of  what he thinks is the ancestry of Edmund Fanning, the immigrant ancestor of many American Fannings.

Edmund of Conn. line however is : conn. Edmund (b.1620) was son of Francis (b.abt 1588 was a sheriff and mayor in limerick also) and Francis is possibly the brother to Simon fitzClement. (Clement had 3 sons. 1st came Simon, then Edward or Edmund, and 3rd Francis) Edward fitzClement had a son Nicholas who also was sheriff or mayor. Francis fitzClement had two sons Thomas and Edmund. Francis Fanning with Edmund fitzFrancis Fanning and Thomas fitzFrancis Fanning along with Nicholas Fanning are documented forced to leave Limerick to Ballengyre by the English in 1651 or 1653 I c’ant remember right now, and then was again named in some sort of reconciliation from the queen in 1660 I believe. It’s presumed Edmund went on to Conn. sometime after 1653, possibly in 1660. Keep in mind for this hundred year period there was a Fanning as sheriff or mayor in Limerick most of the time. Weather or not it was a cousin a brother a nephew, it seems there were no shortage of Fanning law men, and to complicate this more their names were repeated generation after generation causing a lot of confusion. “