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Subject: Why so many JOHANNs in the Bach family?
Author: Andy ;—)   (guest, 67.142.130.15)
Date: April 16, 2007 at 2:15:02 PM
A musician asked me this: Why were all brothers of J.S. Bach also called Johann? Was that a common thing to do in those days? Or was it just a specific family tradition?

I know his father went by Johann, and he had at least one cousin by that name, so maybe his uncle (and his grandfather) was also Johann.

Any clues?

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