Thanksgiving Names:From Myles to Maize

This year our menu of Thanksgiving names draws on a variety of sources—from the Mayflower passenger list to prominent Pilgrims, to a harvest deity to the bounty of the Turkey Day table.  Enjoy it— with it comes our best wishes for a very happy holiday to all our dear berries.


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Poor Tom Turkey. Though he may be the most popular guy at the Thanksgiving table, we lament his fate. Tom is one of the great classic boys’ nicknames, which has completely fallen off the list as a stand-alone name in this country, while shining in the Top 20 in France and Belgium.

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11 Responses to “Thanksgiving Names:From Myles to Maize”

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blue-moon Says:

November 21st, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I love Alden! Maize seems really cute, maybe a nn? And I know so many Toms.

skizzo Says:

November 21st, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Tom is way too boring to make a comeback, and Thomas is still overused.

I like Ocean but not Oceanus, because of the -anus ending.

I quite like Myles, I definitely prefer the y spelling because Miles to me is just “miles”.

Dantea Says:

November 21st, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I LOVE Peregrine, really like Bartholomew, like Miles, and knew one man named Maize.

alzora Says:

November 21st, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Priscilla and Virginia are on my favorites list, though I would probably just do “Cilla” as a full given name without the “Pris.” I actually came to like Virginia because of its Christmas connection: a little girl named Virginia wrote a letter to a newspaper in 1897 that got the now-famous response, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus….” Love the idea of Berry in theory, but am concerned the confusion with Barry would be a lifelong hassle. Maize would be a pretty middle name with a longer first name.

heyjudecharlotte Says:

November 22nd, 2012 at 8:49 am

I am actually related to John Alden through my father. Alden is my brother’s middle name.

I love Peregrine, Virginia, and Miles.

dannikelli Says:

November 22nd, 2012 at 8:55 am

I’m related to John Alden and have always toyed with the idea of using Alden if I have a son.

heyjudecharlotte: just read that you are related too, too funny.

dresdendoll Says:

November 22nd, 2012 at 11:36 am

There was a female Peregrine on Bravo’s reality show “Work of Art,” so I think of it as a girl’s name. I like Alden for something different, though I prefer Adler. I love surname names, so I like Smith a lot. Priscilla just makes me think of Presley. I like Virginia because it reminds me of the “Yes, Virginia” letter. Berry is too sweet. And I think Maze is cooler than Maize.

dresdendoll Says:

November 22nd, 2012 at 12:12 pm

And I prefer Thom over Tom…

rollo Says:

November 22nd, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I am over the moon to see that Miles has hit the popularity list at last! What a fabulous name, distinguished, handsome, classic.

When my son was named Miles in 1975 it was practically unheard of, thank goodness people see the magic of Miles now.

It is simply a fabulous name, stand out imo.


strawberrytree Says:

November 25th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Love Alden and Virginia. I’m not a fan of nicknames as legal names, but I love Thomas nn Tom. Love Barry, but not Berry.

Kibby Says:

November 26th, 2012 at 9:24 am

Love both Peregrine and Virginia!!!!

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