Strictly speaking, this is a chart rather than a family tree. It shows the different families which I have identified as being, in some way, connected to Hyman/Henry Miller and therefore to his grandson David Miller.
It will be seen that same first names are frequently repeated over the various families. The JewishGen.org explains:
Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe had a strong tradition that mandated that a baby be named after a deceased relative.
It is important to understand that this is a tradition and is not codified in Jewish law.
A baby was typically named for a grandfather or grandmother.
Generally the child was named for the closest deceased relative for whom no one else in that immediate family was already named.
Highest priority goes to the child’s mother if she had died in childbirth, or the father, if he had died before the baby was born.
If any of the four grandparents were deceased a baby would be named after one of them; otherwise the great-grandparents or perhaps a sibling of one of the parents.
During the 19th century in Eastern Europe a girl was typically named after a female relative, a boy after a male relative.
Usually a baby was not given the same name as a sibling who had previously died although some cases of this have been seen.
Ashkenazim (Jews from Eastern Europe) do not name babies after living relatives.
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