Thanksgiving Names

November 23, 2011 Pamela Redmond

There are some wonderful Thanksgiving baby names –those that came over on the Mayflower and other early settlers, Puritan Virtue names, ancient harvest gods and goddesses–all fit for a late November baby.  Ahead are:

1. Mayflower Names

2. Ocean-crossing Names

3. Harvest Names

4. Plymouth Bay Colony Names

5. Puritan Virtue Names

6. Turkey Names

7. Other Thanksgiving-related Names

Mayflower Names

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When the Mayflower set sail from the Old World to the New in 1620, most who took the perilous journey had standard classic names like John, Thomas, Mary, and Elizabeth. Among the more unusual: word names Desire, Humility, Remember and Love, the Old Testament Solomon, Elias and Moses, as well as Jasper, Bartholomew, Susanna and Priscilla.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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