Thanksgiving Names

There are some wonderful names associated with the Thanksgiving holiday–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

Plymouth Bay Colony Names

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Yes, most of the early settlers did have common classic Anglo-Saxon names, but records of the Raleigh, Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth colonies also produce some interesting exceptions. Just a few: Mehitabell, Bathsheba, Barnabas, Meribah, Shubael, Theodata, Lettice—and the more usable Myles, Priscilla, Jabez, Thomasine, Humphrey, Junia, Bethia, Persis, Simeon, Dudley and Phineas. .

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Jennie Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 2:58 am

My husband has a line that comes from the Mayflower, complete with a Mehitabel and a Patience (whose daughter was Mary Mercy). Gotta love Puritan names!

CountryLizB Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 5:56 am

Peregrine White is an ancestor of mine. Giles and Stephen Hopkins are also my ancestors.

CountryLizB Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 5:58 am

But, Peregrine White wasn’t really a passenger on the Mayflower. He was born on the Mayflower, but afte they arrived at Plymouh.

Emmy Jo Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Was he a passenger in utero? That counts, too, doesn’t it?

I just wanted to say that I LOVE the slide show blog idea. Way to put a unique twist on the typical Thanksgiving names list!

Bella Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Loved the slideshow blog!

Happy Thanksgiving, Berries!


Bella <3

Roux Says:

November 26th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I really really don’t like slideshow blogs… :S


Leslie Owen Says:

May 4th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I’m 13th generation on both sides from William Brewster of the Mayflower. Two of his sons were Love and Wrestling — my mother’s line comes from Love, my father’s from Wrestling. One of my favourite names from the Brewster genealogy (besides Wrestling, which I love) is Ohel Brewster, who was child number 13….somehow I’m just not convinced that was a Biblical name! Two virtue names I like from the genealogy are Comfort and Constant. Another good place to find Puritan ancestor names are the literary works of Ben Ames Williams, who chronicled the history of Union, Maine.

frf1537 Says:

November 24th, 2011 at 7:58 am

My daughter was due on Thanksgiving but we had her 4 days early. We didn’t really even consider a “Thanksgiving” name, just went with what we liked: Jocelyn Aurelia. Although I like biblical/virtue names, we considered Honor as a middle for our son due in feb.
Roux I agree, the slideshows are annoying, especially from a mobile browser. Most of the time I don’t even read them if I open the link and see slides, it just takes way too long to load.

Lola Says:

November 24th, 2011 at 9:42 am

My OH is a descendant of Edward Tilley, (I think, it’s been a while since I’ve looked at the tree). And my Granfather’s brothers were Loyal & Royal. While I prefer Royal/Roy, Loyal makes a stellar virtue for a boy.
I also love Thomas, (and Tomas), I just don’t like Tom. So Thomas is middle material, just like whiny Henry.
I’m on a mobile browser and while the slideshow slows things down, they are enjoyable to look at! I love the harvest picture up there! Beautiful!

Happy Thansgiving to all (and a happy 4th Thursday in November for everyone else)!

pam Says:

November 24th, 2011 at 9:46 am

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, slideshow lovers and not-so-muchers alike! xx

vicioustrollop9 Says:

November 24th, 2011 at 10:36 am

The official “first Thanksgiving” (though there were others before it both in the “new world” and the old) took place in Massachusetts, not Virginia. Though Virginia does make a better name than Massachusetts does, haha.

mynameisrachael Says:

November 24th, 2011 at 11:23 am

Ugh. Count me in with those who dislike slideshow blogs. I want to READ, not sit around waiting for each paragraph to load.

auroradawn Says:

November 25th, 2011 at 12:45 am

One of the Mayflower names that I found most thought-provoking hasn’t yet been mentioned–Peregrine White’s older brother, Resolved. When I first looked at it I thought perhaps the form Resolve would make a better name, but then I thought again. It would depend on what you wanted to convey by the name. Resolve would indicate a command, a call to decision, whereas Resolved seems to say that the struggle is over and the decision made. I like the name, along with Love, Wrestling, Oceanus, baby brother Peregrine and many others…Happy Thanksgiving!

tikicatt Says:

November 25th, 2011 at 12:48 am

Happy Thanksgiving. Direct Mayflower descendant here as well from John Howland. My family is on its 13th generation Daniel, 9th generation Daniel Joseph when they added middle names. My nephew wears it well.

Nyx Says:

November 25th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I love the name Susanna, and hope that Susanna and Suzanna make a comeback soon! Both are loonnnggg time family names in my family. As for virtue names, I’ve recently heard of both a Promise and a Remember on little girls and thought that these were both cute names. Finally, is it just me, or does anybody else prefer Thom to Tom (both pronounced the same way). I feel that Thom adds a little something… while Tom just reminds me of Tom Dick and Harry…

Petunialuna Says:

November 27th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

@Leslie Owen- I’m also a descendant of William Brewster. I really like the idea of using Brewster. I agree, Wrestling is also worth some consideration.

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