A distant relation of mine, a great, great... uncle was John Dalton, the famous scientist. A family tradition in the past was to name the first born, if it was a boy, John Dalton and our surname.
<p>My grandfather's brother, first born, was called John Dalton xxxxxxx and died as a young child. My fathers brother, again the first born, was called John Dalton. He died in a car crash on his honeymoon.
<p>His surviving widow, later married my dad's other brother and their first born was a boy.