Why Are Sons 'Jnr' But Girls Aren't?

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Why is a son named after his father is referred to as junior, but girls named after their mothers aren’t?

Mystery Hour Question

 

Why is a son named after his father is referred to as junior, but girls named after their mothers aren’t?

 Bill, Westminster

Answer

Name: Wallid, Nottingham

Qualification: “I’m an Arab and lineage is very important in my country”

Answer: It’s to do with lineage and passing on the family name. Lineage historically has always been male-dominated. It’s the reason that going back to Victorian times we had a number of variants of names like Dick for Richard because in one house they can’t call each other Richard the first and Richard the second etc; it'd be confusing.

 

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