My great grandfather's family (from Naples and Molise) named their kids exactly the way you would think they would they would (first son after paternal grandfather, second after maternal grandfather, etc) But his wife's (Calabrese) family doesn't seem to use the pattern. Here are their children:
1st child, a daughter born in Italy named Raffaela
2nd, a son born in Italy named Raffaele
3rd, a daughter born in PA name Theresa
4th, a son named Frank
5th, a daughter named Helen
6th, a daughter named Lucy (my great grandmother, who said her real name was Louisa or something like that)
7th, a son named Lawrence
8th, a daughter named Anna
and finally, the last was Rose
Now, I know Maria (the mother's) parents were Lorenzo and Francesca. If you notice, none of the daughters are Frances, but they do have a son named Frank. Could he have been named after Francesca? Why did she wait till her third son to name him after her father?
Do the naming traditions vary by region? Thanks!