Then as now, some families favored unusual names while most stuck to the basics.
Some, like Richard and Grace Gridley, gave their children unusual grace names:
Beleeve (b. 1640)
Tremble (b. 1642)
Return (m. John Davis 1656)
Edward Bendall and his two wives, Anne and Marah, followed a similar pattern:
Free Grace (b. 1636)
Reforme (b. 1638)
Hopefor (b. 1641)
Restore (b. 1649)
Others, like Philemon and Susan Pormort, plumbed the Bible's unexplored depths:
Pedajah (b. 1640)
Borshua (b. 1647)
These patterns throw a wrench into using Puritan names as proxies for religious beliefs. To some extent, the presence of Old Testament names indicates that Puritan New Englanders may have imagined themselves as a new Israel. On the other hand, these names can be partially attributed to individual eccentricity. It's even possible that these quirky naming patterns could be used as evidence for individualism in what is generally thought to be a corporate society.