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Colonial Craftsmen Names

Opening the door to America's colonial past reveals some very aniquated names that were worn by early craftsmen.
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  • Abel

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    Abel, the name of Adam and Eve's unfortunate younger son, compensates with positive connotations: capable, competent, ready and willing. Abel has literary connections to the novels of Dickens an... Read More 

  • Abiel

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    Abiel is a biblical name that was used by Puritans, sounds rather fusty today.  Read More 

  • Abner

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    This neglected Biblical name--it was the name of the commander of Saul's army and appears twice in the New Testament--is ready to flee Dogpatch. It was regularly used in the nineteenth century, but... Read More 

  • Ansel

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    Ansel, primarily associated with the great western photographer Ansel Adams, famed for his magnificent photographs of the Yosemite Valley, could make a creative artist-hero choice. For Adams it was... 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 

  • Chauncey

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    A name halfway between its old milquetoast image and a more jovial Irish-sounding contemporary one.  Read More 

  • Duncan

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    Duncan is jaunty, confident, and open, a Scottish royal name that's brimming with friendly charm and makes it into our golden circle of names that are neither too popular nor too strange. Duncan ha... Read More 

  • Ebenezer

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    Ebenezer is the name of a biblical place --the stone set up by Samuel to mark his victory over the Philistines--rather than a person. It was adopted by the British Puritans as a first name and the... Read More 

  • Elbert

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    Rocking out on the porch with buddies Hubert, Norbert, and Osbert.  Read More 

  • Eli

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    Eli--a solid Biblical name with lots of spirit and energy -- has been bounding up the popularity charts, now firmly in the Top 50 at Number 43. While Eli is a full name on its own, it can be a sh... Read More 

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