Is it a convention in the Catholic church to put a baby's Christian name first in a birth record, before their actual first name?
For instance, my father was born Elmer Edward. Since he was very premature, he was not expected to live, so the doctor did not file a birth certificate. The birth certificate was then filed by the priest. My dad said he insisted the Christian name, Edward, be listed first, so that's what his birth certificate says, although he was always called Elmer (and he verified his parents intended his first name to be Elmer). This caused a huge problem trying to get a state ID post-9/11.
If this is how the Catholic church has always operated, it would explain a lot of records from my French (Catholic) side. I found one family in my ancestors where they had 5 daughters, all "Marie something". I suspect they were actually "something Marie", so they had different first names. Has anyone else come across this and can confirm my suspicions?