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… prior to 1660 only five persons out of over 33,000 had genuine middle names.

— Kent P. Bailey & Ransom B. True [1]

[1] Kent P. Bailey and Ransom B. True, A Guide to Seventeenth-Century Virginia Court Handwriting, Second Reprint 2015 (Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Genealogical Society, The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities) p29.