Names from the Thanksgiving Story: From Miles to Macy

The story of Thanksgiving spans nearly four centuries and features a large cast of characters, from the very well known, like Miles Standish and George Washington, to those sometimes neglected, including such Native American participants as Massasoit and Squanto. Here, the Thanksgiving names that might be perfect for a late November baby.


Before the legendary Plymouth feast, a group of 38 British settlers arrived in Virginia, and their leader proclaimed that their arrival date, “shall be yearly and perpetually keept (sic) holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God.” Virginia, a somewhat neglected classic, was also the name of the first child born in the Americas to English parents; the colony was named to honor Elizabeth I, “the Virgin Queen.”

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ilovenames89 Says:

November 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 am

Lincoln I just adore!!! but can’t use it hubby won’t 🙁
Macy i would use i love it 🙂
Josepha i am in love with!!!!

ilovenames89 Says:

November 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 am

oh and I would use Thursday as a middle name

tararyaz Says:

November 22nd, 2013 at 11:02 am

I love Lincoln! I wonder where the stress is on Josepha. JoSEPHa or Joseph-uh

iwillpraise Says:

November 22nd, 2013 at 12:42 pm

The only time I only ever heard Miles growing up was on my dad’s frog puppet (i.e., the news-reporter following the journey of Mary and Joseph into Bethleham) for our church Christmas plays. 🙂 And I didn’t hear it in real life until my friend married a Miles from Louisiana a few years back. Then I got on Nameberry and met a friend from Australia who’s son’s name is Miles. Last year another friend married a Miles from Maryland; they just had a baby: Miles III… Until recently, I always thought it was a bit of an obscure name…. apparently not!

I’ve always kinda-sorta liked Virginia, but I’m just not sure if I could name my child that. My childhood best friend’s mom’s name was Virginia, as well as my first piano teacher.

Bradford is cool 🙂 Even tho I love the 19th century and President Lincoln, I’ve never really been a huge Lincoln fan; when I do think of it as a first name, all I can think of is Lincoln Brewster. Not a bad association, but just not for me

spotlightstarlit Says:

November 22nd, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Virginia & Josepha are both gorgeous and Virginia will happen! : )

rollo Says:

November 22nd, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I named my son Miles in the era when there were thousands of Andrews and Matthews. I am SO glad that at last people world wide are seeing the stunning beauty of this name.

I have only met two other people named Miles, so its popularity has a long way to go in Australia but at least it is on the rise and isn’t Miles Standish a handsome name?

I wish all the Brads of the 70’s had been named Bradford, I really dislike Bradley.

KateMP91 Says:

November 22nd, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I like Thursday as a middle name! Josepha is intriguing but I still prefer Josephine 🙂

ELO Says:

November 24th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I love Miles or Milo (not Myles), George, and Truman. I knew a Thursday growing up and thought it was a cool, off-beat choice. Lincoln is too trendy for me (but obviously it has an awesome namesake), Josepha is an intriguing choice. I would like to see it used more. I think Virginia is lovely but can’t be past the idea that high school would probably be torture with virgin jokes. Bradford is just eh. I know a little Macy and while it’s cute on a little girl, it doesn’t seem like a grown woman’s name.

Cool Name of the Week: Thursday | In Name Only Says:

November 25th, 2013 at 12:11 am

[…] friends over at Nameberry have posted their list of Thanksgiving-themed names, including Miles (as in Standish), Priscilla (as in one of the women at the first Thanksgiving […]

LuMary Says:

December 2nd, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I like the Puritan virtue name Thankful/Thankfull.

I think the world has all the Brads it needs – leys or fords.

Priscilla is a New Testament name.

I hope Roger makes a comeback. I’m warming to it.

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