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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  • Rosanna

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    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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    Selah is a once-obscure but simple and lovely Biblical name that's reemerging; the best interpretation is that it's a musical term meaning "pause". Singer Lauryn Hill used Selah for her daughter. ... 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 appropriate as Susan... 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 the Bible... Read More 

  • Temperance

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    Temperance lost whatever appeal it might have had during Prohibition. Unlike Hope, Faith, Amity, and even Prudence, this is one colonial virtue name we don't ever expect to see again. On the TV sh... Read More 

  • Theodosia

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    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

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    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 Eng... Read More 

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