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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