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.
  • Rosanna

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Still associated by many with the Rosanne Rosanna-Danna character on the early Saturday Night Live. Rose lovers would do better with Rosemary, Rosamund, or even Rose itself.Read More 

  • Selah

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    The name is derived from the term commonly used in the Book of Psalms, which has a many Hebrew scholars in confusion over its meaning. Given its context in the Bible, Selah is likely to mean “to... Read More 

  • Susanna

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    Susanna is an old and under-appreciated name, perhaps because of the recent overpopularity of Susan, that is certainly due for a comeback.

    The Susannah spelling is just as... Read More 

  • Tabitha

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    Though never as popular as the name of her Bewitched mother, Samantha, Tabitha has its own quirky, magical charm. The name of a charitable woman who was restored to life by Saint Peter in... Read More 

  • Temperance

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    Not too long ago, Temperance was found only on lists of Puritan baby names.

    With increased increase in virtue names, and Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan on long-running television... Read More 

  • Theodosia

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    This feminine form of Theodosius is buried deep in the attic, but might be a good discovery for the parent who feels Theodora is too cutesy.Read More 

  • Verity

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    If you love Puritan virtue names and want to move beyond Hope and Faith and Grace, this is a wonderful choice, both for its meaning and its sound. A rare find here, though occasionally heard in... Read More 

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