Sunday, December 12, 2010

Colonial American Names That Would Cause Trouble for a 21st-Century Child

Freelove

Mehitable

Dorcas

2 comments:

David B. Appleton said...

Okay, this post made me laugh out loud! And it's so true. (And I say this as someone who has a Dorcas on my family tree.)

angela said...

I've spent a ridiculous amount of time on yr blog. I've always loved odd historical names, lists and gravestone carving (you might like this old post of mine):

http://bit.ly/i2dsXA

I was really interested in yr comment that perhaps Puritans heard biblical names they liked but didnt do much research as to the origin/meaning. Why else call your son or daughter a harlot or "pain."
I wonder.

Here's something I'd been wondering but have no insight into: early 19th century, there were a number of white anglo saxon males named Alonzo and Fernando. War heroes? Popular literature of some sort?

Thanks for lots of entertaining reading