This year once more, and again with apologies to our dear Britberries, we honor some of the (more interestingly named) heroes in the struggle of the US to gain its independence from the mother country, as well as some of the more unusually named Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Here, some early patriotic baby names:
BETSY (Elizabeth) Ross—even though she may not have actually made the first American flag
DEBORAH Sampson — first known female to impersonate a man in order to join the army and take part in combat
LYDIA Darragh – Quaker woman who (probably) warned Washington of an impending attack
MERCY Otis Warren –a political writer and propagandist who authored plays and poems advocating independence
The Bible contains hundreds more boys’ than girls’ names, but the female names in its pages are among the most beautiful and enduring of Western culture. It’s difficult to pick just a handful of our favorites. Setting aside such timeless beauties as Anne
, and Elizabeth
, we spotlight these choices that combine distinctiveness and style.