12 Delicious Thanksgiving Baby Names
John Alden sailed on the historic Mayflower’s 1620 maiden voyage to America and became a prominent member of the Plymouth Colony; he's also remembered as a famous rival of Miles Standish for the love of Priscilla Mullins. Alden, which means ‘old friend’, is currently ranked at #720, was a Top 500 name from 1911 to 1932 and is likely to climb again via Alden Ehrenreich, the new young Han Solo.
- John Alden sailed on the historic Mayflower’s 1620 maiden voyage to America and became a prominent member of the Plymouth Colony; he's also remembered as a famous rival of Miles Standish for the love of Priscilla Mullins. Alden, which means ‘old friend’, is currently ranked at #720, was a Top 500 name from 1911 to 1932 and is likely to climb again via Alden Ehrenreich, the new young Han Solo." >
- Virtue names were popular with the Puritans, and a surprising number—beyond the expected Hope, Grace and Faith--are usable today. Amity, which means friendship, is a neglected gem, and others we love equally well are Verity, Mercy and Clemency —all aspirational virtues in the modern world." >
- Elias Boudinot presented a resolution to Congress requesting it to urge President Washington to declare a thanksgiving observance to celebrate the new U.S. Constitution. So here’s a toast to Elias, whose Greek name now ranks at a solid #200, following in the wake of biblical original Elijah. It’s also the fifth most popular name in Sweden." >
- Sarah Josepha Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” campaigned to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Sarah, of course, is a Biblical classic, but her middle name, long neglected, could make a more distinctive girl’s namesake for Joseph than Josephine. It’s Josefa in Spanish." >
- Ceres, Demeter, Parvati -- but one of the few males in the pantheon, and bearing one of the most interesting names--is the Celtic Lugh, pronounced Lou, and also known as Llew or Lleu in Welsh myth. Definitely more distinctive than Hugh." >
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a NYC tradition since 1924, when it featuring the store’s employees in costume, and animals from the Central Park Zoo, as well as a Felix the Cat float. This upbeat name has been largely associated with jazz/soul singer/songwriter Macy Gray, who was born Natalie MacIntyre, but its use is now spreading—currently at Number 413, and was chosen by actress Edie Falco for her daughter." >
- Maize is also a color name, and sounds like a cute shortening of Maizie. An adventurous parent out there could be among the first to use it as a unique name." >
- Oceanus Hopkins was the only baby born on the Mayflower’s maiden voyage. His name is doubly on trend—as both a water name and a Latinate appellation ending in us. In Greek myth, the Titan Oceanus was believed to be the father of rivers and water nymphs." >
- Peregrine White, brother of Resolved, was an in utero passenger on the Mayflower, the first known English child born to the Pilgrims in America, on the ship when it was still docked in Provincetown. Sometimes heard in the British aristocracy, Peregrine has never crossed the pond, despite its standing as both a saint’s and bird name. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, not surprisingly, used it for his son." >
- November since George Washington’s day, later solidified by an Abraham Lincoln 1863 proclamation. As for the name, we’ve had Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, Tuesday Weld, and Wednesday Friday Addams. Could it be Thursday’s turn next?" >
- Every poor turkey sacrificed for the feast’s table is a Tom—the generic name for a male turkey. Though this classic boys’ nickname has been off the US list since the early 1990s, it’s a Top 50 name in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France, where it’s Number 13!-- and could return here a la Sam and Ben." >
- Harry Truman who started the tradition, in 1947, of 'pardoning’ a turkey or two and sending them into retirement on a farm. The name Truman carries the aura of that president’s integrity and humility and reached its highest point in the year of his inauguration, 1945. It’s now just inside the Top 1000." >
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on November 19th, 2016 at 4:10 pm
Maize and Oceanus are setting children up for teasing. Maize is a cute nickname for Maisie, but not as an actual name.
on December 11th, 2016 at 6:19 am
Yes is always good to be unpredictable. There are names that people have not heard. Take a look http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_english_boyname_cuppa.html
on December 13th, 2016 at 4:21 am
You can also read the meaning o the baby name Folayan http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_african_girlname_folayan.html
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