Heroines of the Revolution: Patience, Prudence & Penelope
Born Elizabeth Griscom, professional seamstress Betsy Ross, according to legend, made the first American flag, changing the six-pointed stars to five. The Elizabeth diminutive Betsy is still stuck in her cutesy midcentury teen mold, but with Betty coming back, Betsy could follow.
- Born Elizabeth Griscom, professional seamstress Betsy Ross, according to legend, made the first American flag, changing the six-pointed stars to five. The Elizabeth diminutive Betsy is still stuck in her cutesy midcentury teen mold, but with Betty coming back, Betsy could follow." >
- Army, Deborah Sampson fought as “Robert Shurtliff,” was wounded, and then honorably discharged. Deborah was the second most popular name in 1955, but an overabundance of Debbys diluted the lovely and meaningful biblical appellation." >
- Esther Reed married an American, sailing to Philadelphia in 1770. Active in the Revolutionary War, she formed a relief association to provide aid for George Washington’s troops. Her name, that of a key female figure in the Old Testament, is on the ascent: now at Number 228, it was used by Ewan McGregor." >
- Lydia Darrah crossed British lines to deliver word to General Washington of an impending enemy attack. An early Greek place name also mentioned in the New Testament and worn by a Bennet sister in Pride and Prejudice, the rhythmic Lydia is definitely on the upswing—now in the Top 100." >
- Mercy Warren provoked colonists to oppose British abuses of their liberties through her published poems and plays. This lovely Puritan virtue name is heading for a comeback; Madonna renamed her Malawi-born daughter Mercy." >
- Molly Pitcher is believed to be Mary McCauley who, at the battle of Monmouth, carried water to soldiers under heavy British fire, and then took her fallen husband’s place at the cannon—after which Washington dubbed her “Sergeant Molly.” Molly, a stand-alone favorite for centuries, still stands at Number 102." >
- Nancy Morgan Hart, aka “Aunt Nancy,” is considered an American Revolutionary War heroine for her activities against Loyalists in the Georgia backcountry. Nancy was a Top 20 name from 1931 to 1962, the mother of Lincoln, wife of Reagan—could fancy Nancy be ready for a comeback?" >
- Patience Wright was a Philadelphia sculptor who created wax figural portraits. After relocating to London, she was said to be a spy for the Colonial cause, sending info inside her wax figures. Patience was a relatively common name in that period, though it now sounds fresher than Hope, Grace or Faith." >
- Penelope Barker was the leader of a political protest group calling for tea boycotts, known as the Edenton Tea Party. Thanks to picks by Tina Fey and Kourtney Kardashian, to Penelope Cruz and Harry Potter, the ancient Greek Penelope has been shooting up the charts, now at Number 56 nationally, Number 6 on Nameberry." >
- Born in West Africa in 1753 and sold into slavery at the age of seven, Phillis Wheatley, against all odds, became the first published African-American woman —with George Washington one of her fans. Her name, more commonly spelled Phylllis, might just start to be seen again with the revival of s-ending names." >
- Liberty), Wright was elected to command a women’s militia known as the Mrs. David Wright’s Guard, who marched towards Boston wearing their husbands’ clothes. Prudence is another Puritan virtue name with a quiet charm; the Beatles’ Dear Prudence was written for Mia Farrow’s sister." >
- Paul Revere, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington is famed for her 1777 night ride to alert Colonial forces of the impending approach of the British. Sybil, an ancient Greek name for a prophetess, has long been under the radar, but her exquisite presence on Downtown Abbey could change that." >
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on July 3rd, 2014 at 11:21 pm
I love Molly! I don’t like Prudence that much, but I love Prue as a nickname. I wish I liked the full name better. I do like Penelope with the nickname Nell, but my husband doesn’t. Bummer.
on July 5th, 2014 at 1:38 pm
Enjoyed the post topic quite a bit. Girl power 😉
One name that I was surprised to like was Patience…. I do enjoy virtue names but am not sure I’d use one in real life. I like when a fun or unexpected nickname can come from them… For Patience I’d use Pacey 🙂
on July 6th, 2014 at 4:21 am
@JH – I have Nell and Prue in my top 10 as full names. This is because I dislike the popularity of all Nell’s long forms (Penelope, Eleanor and Helena) and Prudence doesn’t really work for a modern child. I really love them and I think they work well as names in their own right. My combos are Nell Cordelia and Prue Eloise – giving them a long, more feminine middle to fall back on. I also love Molly, Lydia and Sybil from this post x
on July 7th, 2014 at 7:28 am
PSG, there is a blog called Enjoying the small things by Kelle Hampton and her daughter is named Nella Cordelia!
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