Heroines of the Revolution: Patience, Prudence & Penelope

As we celebrate Independence Day, it’s important to look beyond the generals who led the battles and the men who signed the Declaration, and also pay tribute to the women who contributed to the history of the period—whether by actually sneaking onto the battlefield or by playing a role behind the scenes, or influencing the cultural life of the times.

Betsy Ross

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.

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JH Says:

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.

Anotherkate Says:

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 🙂

psg007 Says:

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

aunt_ning Says:

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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