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Colonial Names for Girls

Many colonial names have fallen out of favor for long enough now to sound fresh and even cool again. If you like historic baby names but want to move beyond the Victorian and biblical baby names we've heard so much of in recent years, consider these names culled from Revolutionary War rolls and eighteenth-century town histories. The only caveat: The choices are much wider and more appealing for boys than for girls.
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  • Emeline

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    An old name, with a history separate from Emily and Emma and a different kind of vintage feel, that's a possible alternative to top-of-the-pops names. More common spelling is Emmeline. Read More 

  • Ester

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    This simplified spelling is a bit too polyester, though this is also the authentic Slavic version of an Old Testament name that's being rediscovered. Read More 

  • Fanny

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    As this word is less often used to mean derriere, it becomes more possible to view Fanny as the kind of appealingly quaint nickname name, like Josie and Nellie, that many parents are favoring now.  Read More 

  • Hecuba

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    Queen Hecuba was the legendary queen of King Priam of Troy, but that's unlikely to be of much consolation to your teenager who's furious at you for naming her this. Variations: Hecubah, Hekuba, He... Read More 

  • Henrietta

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    Despite a return to such feminizations of male names as Josephine, Clementine, and Theodora, starchy Henrietta has not made it into that group. Still, if you look hard enough, you'll see that Henri... Read More 

  • Hepzibah

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    A "you can't do this to your daughter" name. More classic version Hephzibah doesn't improve matters. Read More 

  • Hester

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    The disgraced heroine of The Scarlet Letter 's name, after long neglect, just might have a chance at revival, following in the wake of sister-name Esther. We've characterized her elsewhere as an ec... Read More 

  • Keturah

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    Keturah, the Old Testament name of Abraham's second wife, is a possibility for anyone seeking a truly unusual and interesting biblical name; certainly a lot more distinctive than that of Abraham's ... Read More 

  • Keziah

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    Keziah, also spelled Kezia, is an Old Testament name — she was one of the three daughters of Job, about whom it was said that there were no women all the land who were so fair as Job's daughters — ... Read More 

  • Lydia

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    Lydia is a very early place name, that of an area of Asia Minor whose inhabitants are credited with the invention of coinage and of having strong musical talent--as well as great wealth. Although... Read More 

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