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Eric Shackle Writes: Proud Dynasties In US, UK And Oz

Eric Shackle spotlights dynastic families on three continents.

Down the centuries, Britain has recorded its royals by name, followed by Roman numerals.

Henry and George are easy winners, scoring eight each. Henry VIII had more wives than George VIII.

Now we notice a similar trend in the US, where one youngster boasts the proud name of Griffith Rutherford Harsh V.

He's the wayward son of neurosurgeon Griffith Rutherford Harsh IV and prominent business executive Margaret Cushing "Meg" Whitman, who hopes to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California.

William Clinton is another dynastic name, harking back to William de Clinton, first Earl of Huntingdon (13041354). An English nobleman,William Henry Clinton (17691846), was a British general from a prominent military family; who served in the French revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.

Stephen Hess wrote about US dynasties in the Washington Post two years ago.
"American public life is saturated with them".he said. "Kennedys. Bushes. Clintons. Powerful individuals connected to one another by blood or by marriage who, deservedly or not, take on that most paradoxical of American labels: dynasty."

Another American, George Herbert Walker IV (born April 1969) is Chairman and CEO of Neuberger Berman.

In the UK, Tom Green told Yahoo Answers: 'I have the same name as both my grandfather and my (now deceased) great grandfather. I have a different name to my father. Does this still make me Thomas Green III?"

The "best answer": "Generally, no. However, there are specific circumstances where it would. e.g., Queen Elizabeth II was born centuries after Queen Elizabeth I. But, for us commoners, it needs to be in successive generations. So, your grandfather would have been the II (second), but you are not the III (third)."

In Australia, we have a famous family, descendants of William Wentworth, whose great-grandson William Wentworth IV was a member of Parliament 1949-77.

If you know of other examples of dynasties covering more than three generations, please send an email to ericshackle@bigpond.com

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