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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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  • Bazel

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    Gives a good boy name a bad boy feel. Read More 

  • Benajah

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    Benajah, the name of several minor Old Testament figures, is also written as Benaiah. Benajah might make a great Benjamin update or name for the son of a builder or architect. Read More 

  • Clement

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    Clement, the name of fourteen popes and several saints, has a pleasantly, positive, slightly antiquated feel, like the phrase "clement weather." Clement C. Moore wrote the poem "A Visit from St. ... Read More 

  • Comfort

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    This Puritan virtue name is unstylish, but sympathetic and appealing, in these largely uncomfortable times.  Read More 

  • Constant

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    A traditional French male name that could, with American pronunciation, become an admirable word name.  Read More 

  • Cotton

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    A name heard in Puritan times -- Cotton Mather was a minister involved in the Salem witchcraft trials -- but it would make a too-soft choice today.  Read More 

  • Cyrus

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    Very popular in the Iranian community, this name of the founder of the Persian Empire has had a more down-home, corncob pipe-smoking image for most Americans in the past, but this has begun to chan... Read More 

  • Ebenezer

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    Dickens's miserly Ebenezer Scrooge pretty much annihilated this biblical name, but since he did reform at the end of A Christmas Carol, maybe there's some slight hope for the old name yet. Ebeneze... Read More 

  • Eleazar

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    Eleazar is a distinguished Biblical name--in which it appears several times-- ripe for the picking following the stardom of Eli, Elijah, and other similar names. Eleazar is also a Twilight name,... Read More 

  • Eli

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    Eli--a solid Biblical name with lots of spirit and energy -- is beginning to bound up the popularity charts, climbing 14 places in the last year to Number 44. While Eli is a full name on its own,... Read More 

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