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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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  • Experience

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    Experience is a word name used by the New England Puritans but probably too joke-worthy for a modern child...or teenager. It does not have as direct a biblical reference as most Puritan names. Read More 

  • Ezekiel

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    Ezekiel, a visionary Old Testament prophet name, used to be reduced to its nickname Zeke, but modern parents now embrace it in full for its power and dignity. Along with biblical brethren Asher and... Read More 

  • Gideon

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    Gideon is an unjustly neglected Old Testament name--which has just recently started to climb-- is an excellent choice for parents looking to move beyond such overused biblicals as Benjamin and Jaco... Read More 

  • Hannibal

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    These days, it's thought of less as the name of the great general and more as the first name of Lecter the fictional cannibal. Either association is too heavy for a child to bear.  Read More 

  • Hezekiah

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    This name of an influential Old Testament king of Judah is one that would challenge even the most adventurous biblical name-seeker, but it does have the modernizing short forms Zeke or Kiah.  Read More 

  • Hiram

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    Hiram is the kind of forgotten biblical name that adventurous parents who wish to move beyond David and Daniel are beginning to reconsider--even though it has bits of its old stiff-collared image c... Read More 

  • Homer

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    Homer is a name that has traveled from the ancient Greek scribe of the great classical epics to Bart Simpson's doltish dad -- and has also become the surprise hot celebrity pick of such parents as ... Read More 

  • Horatio

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    Like Horace, Horatio is a variation on the Latin Horatius, but its Shakespearean and optimistic Horatio Alger pedigree makes it an attractive up-and-comer, especially with its cool final o. A moder... Read More 

  • Hosea

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    Since so many of the biblical prophet names -- Daniel, Jonah, Nathan, Samuel -- are overused, you might want to consider this distinctive alternative.  Read More 

  • Increase

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    One Puritan virtue name unlikely to thrive in the 21st century. Read More 

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