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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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  • Theophilus

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    This is a multi-syllabic New Testament relic that could be yet another fresh way to get to Theo. In the beginning of Luke's gospel, he dedicates his words to Theophilus. Theophilus North is the ... Read More 

  • Truth

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    True has become an accepted first and middle name; Truth makes an even stronger statement. Read More 

  • Zaccheus

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    A New Testament tax collector was called Zaccheus, the freshest spin on this biblical favorite.  Read More 

  • Zachariah

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    This distinguished name still feels a bit ancient, but with the rise of such former graybeards as Jeremiah and Elijah, it also sounds child-friendly again, as does the Latin-Greek form Zacharias. ... Read More 

  • Zadock

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    A biblical name that was used in colonial times, but which has an unpleasant sound to the modern ear.  Read More 

  • Zebulon

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    An Old Testament name with a Puritan feel and post-Zachary possibilities--one of several routes to the cool nickname Zeb. Pike's Peak was named for Zebulon Pike, the best known bearer of the name... Read More 

  • Zephaniah

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    A minor prophet who has his own Book, Zephaniah is another Old Testament gem waiting to be rediscovered now that Noah and Abraham are becoming too trendy. While the vowel-sound ending of Zephaniah... Read More 

  • Zophar

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    Zophar is a friend of Job in the Bible, the most impassioned of the three who visit him during his trials. Read More 

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