Thanksgiving Baby Names: The first cool names
Bartholomew Allerton arrived on the Mayflower at the age of seven or eight with his parents, Isaac and Mary and a brother named Remember; he later returned to England. New Testament name Bartholomew, one of the 12 Apostles, has been rarely used in modern times, but could get some attention as one of the newly trending long names.
- Bartholomew Allerton arrived on the Mayflower at the age of seven or eight with his parents, Isaac and Mary and a brother named Remember; he later returned to England. New Testament name Bartholomew, one of the 12 Apostles, has been rarely used in modern times, but could get some attention as one of the newly trending long names." >
- Constance Hopkins was 14 when she arrived on the Mayflower with her family in 1620. A virtue name that doesn’t sound like a virtue name, Constance was a popular choice from the 1930s to fifties—Number 82 in 1942—but nickname Connie has stood in the way of a revival." >
- Damaris Hopkins came on the Mayflower at the age of two with her parents, Stephen and Elizabeth. Another rarely used New Testament name, Damaris saw some use a few decades ago, possibly via supermodel Damaris Lewis. An interesting, offbeat biblical choice." >
- Giles Hopkins came with his family on the Mayflower at the age of 12. Pronounced Jiles, this neglected British-accented name was in the US Top 500 at the turn of the last century but hasn’t been heard since around 1950." >
- Jasper More was only 7 when he tragically died onboard the Mayflower anchored in Provincetown Harbor. The charming name Jasper has been scooting up the charts and is now Number 218 nationally and an astonishing Number 11 on Nameberry." >
- Love Brewster, born in Holland, came to Plymouth on the Mayflower when he was about 9; he later volunteered for the militia under Captain Myles Standish. A word name with a feminine vibe, but Love could make an endearing middle for a boy as well." >
- Myles Standish, one of the most famous of the colonists, selected the site where the Pilgrims would settle and held a number of positions of authority. An alternate spelling of the popular Miles (#108), Myles was used for their sons by Eddie Murphy, Sherilyn Fenn, Lars Ulrich—and Marlon Brando." >
- Oceanus Hopkins was born on the Mayflower during the voyage. Giving a child a unique name like Oceanus, commemorating a major event surrounding the birth was not unheard of, even at a time when most names were either inherited, Biblical or royal. Oceanus makes a distinctive Latinate spin on the growing-in-popularity Ocean." >
- Peregrine White was an in utero passenger, born on board the ship when anchored in Provincetown Harbor, making him the first Englishman born in New England. Peregrine is an elegant, aristocratic, literary name liked well enough on Nameberry to reach Number 448." >
- Priscilla Mullins, later wife of John Alden, is known in literary history as the unrequited love of Myles/Miles Standish in the Longfellow poem The Courtship of Miles Standish. Though sounding somewhat prissy, Priscilla has always managed to hold a place in the Top 500, reaching a high of 127 in 1940. It’s the name of Mrs. Facebook, Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg." >
- Susanna White, the mother of Resolved and Peregrine, whose marriage to her second husband Edward Winslow, was the first wedding at Plymouth; she was one of only four adult women surviving to see the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth. Spelled with or without a final H, Susanna is one of the loveliest of girl classics." >
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on November 20th, 2015 at 12:07 am
These are lovely names, except Love which is just goofy.
on November 20th, 2015 at 10:58 am
Oceanus Hopkins is my ancestor 🙂 I was so glad to see his name on the list.
on November 20th, 2015 at 11:02 am
All of the Hopkins on the Mayflower family were my ancestors. It’s so awesome how their names are on this list. I love it!
on November 20th, 2015 at 11:28 am
Very cool, @dreapress. Has the name Oceanus been reused in your family in any way? Would you use it?
on November 20th, 2015 at 5:31 pm
I’m pretty sure Remember was actually a girl. Love this list though! So cool!
on November 20th, 2015 at 9:50 pm
I like so many of these. Intrigued by Jasper, Giles, and Myles at the moment. I’m hoping Susannah and Constance come back in a big way!
on November 22nd, 2015 at 4:47 pm
Dreapress – I believe Oceanus Hopkins died in infancy. I have relatives on my mother’s side descended from the Hopkins’ clan, as well. If you visit the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, you can see Constance Hopkins’ hat.
I love biblical virtue names: Loveth, Remember, Mercy, Hopestill, Hopewell, Honor. I actually like Desire because it refers to a desire for God, though it would always need explaining. I recall a young girl impersonating the Desire of pilgrim fame on the Mayflower replica. I learned of a Remember Patience .which makes for a nice pairing – and exhortation.
I like all the names you listed and have appreciated Bartholomew (and Ichabod) the past number of years. Tolly makes a good familiar alternative to Bart.
Priscilla is a New Testament name.
Great blog and visuals!
on November 22nd, 2015 at 4:58 pm
I learned of a little girl in England named Damaris born to a family in a church with which I served on a short-term missions trip one summer. They pronounce it DaMARis, and I prefer their pronunciation to that of Christian singer DAMaris Carbaugh.
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