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Colonial Names for Boys

Many of the baby names that were widely used during colonial times 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 choices 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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  • Ammiras

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    Related to Amir and Amira, an antiquated name that holds some modern appeal. Read More 

  • Amos

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    Amos has been shunned since the 1930s due to its association with racially stereotyped characters on the radio and TV show "Amos 'n' Andy," but we think it's time to move beyond that dated image an... Read More 

  • Amzi

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    The name of several minor Biblical characters seems streamlined and modern. Read More 

  • Archibald

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    The short form Archie is so open and friendly --and very trendy in the British Isles--that some parents are now beginning to consider the formerly fusty Archibald as well. SNL comedians Amy Poehler... Read More 

  • Asa

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    A short but strong biblical name with multicultural appeal, Asa is enjoying new visibility thanks to hot young actor Asa Butterfield of "Hugo" fame. Asa was the name of an important biblical king... Read More 

  • Asahel

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    A biblical character who was one of David's most valiant warriors and was known for being fast. But in the modern English-speaking world, this name may be too close to an insulting anatomical word. Read More 

  • Azariah

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    Azariah is a rarely used biblical name that moves way beyond Adam and Abraham; its pleasant sound makes it one to watch. Azariah is actually one of the most common names in the Bible, borne by twe... Read More 

  • Balthasar

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    Balthasar was one of the biblical Three Kings who visited the infant Jesus, also used by Shakespeare and in the oil-rich Getty family; offbeat and intriguing. Balthazar is another, equally approp... Read More 

  • Barnabas

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    Barnabas, whose birth name was Joseph, was one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem, who undertook missionary journeys with Paul the Apostle, His name is a bit Old World compared to the... Read More 

  • Bartholomew

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    Bartholomew is an apostle's name that's been out of favor for centuries but might appeal again to the parent in search of an old but rare choice. The challenge could be to avoid the Simpson-ish nic... Read More 

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