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Colonial Names for Girls

  • Mahala

    An interesting and rhythmic name often heard in the Native American community; in fact,in the Gold Rush era in California and Nevada, it was so common that it became a generic English term for a... Read More 

  • Mercy

    The quality of mercy makes this lovely Puritan virtue name a quiet favorite today. Although it was most popular in the late nineteenth century, Mercy is on its way to a comeback -- it rose 143... Read More 

  • Modesty

    Modesty is a virtue name dating to Roman times, but never widely used, except for hot 1960s movie spoof heroine, Modesty Blaise, based on a comic strip. Read More 

  • Patience

    Patience is a passive virtue turned engaging name, fresher than Hope, Faith, or even Charity. Its resemblance to the trendy Payton may be one reason for its recent spike in popularity. ... Read More 

  • Phila

    Feminine version of the ancient name Philo that feels somehow unfinished.Read More 

  • Phoebe

    Phoebe is the Latin variation of the Greek name Phoibe, which derived from phoibos, meaning “bright.” In classical mythology, Phoebe is the by-name of Artemis, goddess of the moon and of... Read More 

  • Primrose

    Still found in quaint British novels, and until recently considered a bit too prim for most American classrooms, some adventurous namers are suddenly beginning to see Primrose as an attractive... Read More 

  • Prudence

    Prudence, like Hope and Faith, is a Puritan virtue name with a quiet charm and sensitivity that is slowly returning to favor, though it hasn't yet registered on the charts.

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  • Rebekah

    Many parents prefer this spelling used in the authorized version of the Bible. Still, it's slipped considerably since it's heyday in the eighties and nineties.Read More 

  • Remember

    No one will ever forget it. But Remember as a name came over on the Mayflower, so it has deep history as well as modern potential.Read More 

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