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Colonial American Name Generator

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10 tips for coming up with Colonial American names

  1. Research geographical locations from the colonial era for inspiration.
  2. Research common names from religious or ethnic groups in the colonies.
  3. Investigate names of prominent people from the colonial period.
  4. Study popular baby name books from the era.
  5. Look up names of towns, cities and rivers from the colonial period.
  6. Look up names of plants and animals from the colonial period.
  7. Research Old and Middle English names from the colonial period.
  8. Check out Dutch, German, African, Irish and Scottish names from the colonial period.
  9. Adapt common occupational surnames from the colonial period.
  10. Take inspiration from books, films and TV shows which feature the colonial era.

Colonial American Names

These names were used in the early 1800s. They are not only fun to say, but they are also unique.

Enoch

Enoch is a boy's name of Hebrew origin. It has a variety of meanings, including dedicated, disciplined and truthful. The Book of Enoch is considered a key work of ancient Jewish mysticism.

While the Bible is the main source of information about Enoch, there are several important aspects to his life. Some of these include his birth, baptism and death. His name is also recorded under different variations, as well as his nicknames.

Enoch Crosby was born in Massachusetts on January 4, 1750. When the Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, he was in Danbury, Connecticut. In the early 1770s, he moved to White Plains, New York. He was an itinerant shoemaker. A few years later, he was recruited by the Patriot leader John Jay as a counterintelligence operative.

Enoch was ordained a Baptist minister in 1787. He preached at Salem, Nassau and Phillipstown in Westchester Co., and in Stephentown and Fredericksontown in Dutchess Co., NY.

His daughter, Elvira Van Dressen, married Charles Henry Davis. He was a friend of Samuel C. J. Greene.

In 1787, Enoch moved to the Southeast area of the county. His family lived in Stephentown. During that time, he held church meetings in his home.

In 1828, Enoch Bailey became the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Richland, NY. He had a son, Joel Wilson Nye, who married Nancy Melvina Ferris. Upon his death, his heirs included his widow, Susan Ferris, and his sister Rebecca Belding, who married Job K. Belding of Richland.

Mercy

During the American Revolution, Mercy Otis Warren was one of the most important women writers. Her writings were critical in helping Americans gain a more insider's view of the war.

Mercy Otis Warren was born in Barnstable, Massachusetts, in 1728. She was the third daughter of a prosperous family. While she was only a girl, her parents were a part of a very active group of political leaders.

A family tutor encouraged her to read and study classical literature, and she learned about ancient history. She was also exposed to the politics of the time, as her father served as a local justice of the peace.

As her parents and siblings were politically active, Mercy and her brothers were often invited to political meetings. When the Stamp Act crisis occurred in 1765, Mercy's parents hosted protest meetings.

Mercy's father, Colonel James Otis, was a strong advocate for independence and the rights of the colonists. He led a movement against British rule.

When the Puritans arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, they brought with them strict moral conduct. These strict morals would eventually become the basis of the religious beliefs that governed the American colonies.

Despite having no formal education, Mercy was an avid reader. She read Sir Walter Raleigh's History of the World, Milton and Shakespeare.

Mercy's family was involved in a variety of social, religious and political activities. The family had a large estate in Clifford Farm on the Eel River, located in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Hezekiah

Hezekiah was a king of Judah in the 700s to 600s BC. Hezekiah's father died at age thirty-six, and he inherited his kingdom. Despite the fact that his father had been a rogue, Hezekiah took charge of the kingdom, dismantling the Philistines of Gaza and Gath and reclaiming all of the cities that had been taken by his father.

During his time as king, Hezekiah sent out a prophet, Isaiah, who warned him about his future. According to Isaiah, Hezekiah would die during his reign. Rather than heeding Isaiah's warning, however, Hezekiah refused to pay tribute to the Assyrian king Sennacherib after Sargon's death.

Hezekiah's reign was full of treachery and war. His rebellion led to Sennacherib's invasion of Judah. Sennacherib destroyed forty cities, and he besieged Jerusalem with mounds. Eventually, Hezekiah turned against Sennacherib and entered into a league with Egypt.

Hezekiah was a good king, according to some Biblical scholars. However, he abused the honors that he was given. Some of his impious actions included a refusal to pay tribute to the Assyrians when they invaded Judah. This indiscretion eventually led to a revolt by the people of Israel. The rebellion was repelled by a miraculous sign.

Hezekiah's son, Manasseh, ascended to the throne at age twelve. Sadly, he did not live to see his father's death.

Hezekiah did not have a happy relationship with God. Isaiah blamed him for wavering in his trust during the time of sickness.

Lottie

Lottie is a feminine form of Charlotte. The name is of French origin and means little and womanly. Often used as a shortened form, Lottie has become popular in the United Kingdom. However, she is not a very popular name in the United States.

As a name, Lottie has a lot of vintage charm. She has appeared in children's literature, including The Princess and the Frog. She also has a role in Disney's The Little Princess.

In the nineteenth century, Lottie was a common name. It was ranked as the 85th most popular in the United Kingdom, though it dropped off the list around 1960. A more diminutive version of Charlotte, Lottie is still very popular in the United Kingdom and Wales.

During the Colonial era, many names were inspired by virtues. Many names in the United States are similar to those of the Victorian era. This includes names like Alice, Benjamin, and Henry.

One of the most famous bearers of the name was British writer Charlotte Bronte. Another bearer of the name was the daughter of King George IV, Princess Charlotte.

Other notable bearers of the name include Lottie Chandler, a Christian convert who lived and worked in China. She was able to share her beliefs and money with others.

In the 1830s, Lottie and her family moved to Oxford, Ohio. Her mother was a physician and her father a judge. They were living at the Coke-Garrett House. Despite the hardships, Lottie continued her work in China.

Verity

Verity is a colonial American name, not just a common one. It is also a virtue name.

The word Verity is derived from Old French verite and Latin veritas. In other words, it means truth.

Verity is also a Puritan name. Like many Protestant names, it is a word that expresses a quality of upstanding character. This name is often a good choice for babies.

The name also appears in Winston Graham's Poldark novels. Moreover, it appeared in the Harry Potter movies.

The name is also the title of a novel by Benjamin Disraeli. During the Stuart period, it was the name of a celebrated beauty. So, it's not surprising that it was used in a movie.

Another name that has a similar meaning is VINA, short for Violet. You can also give your child VEZ, which is a clever play on the name.

Another interesting name is VERDANDI, a Norn (one of the three Norns) from the Scandinavian folklore of the vikings. But the name also has a more modern significance.

For instance, the name was given to Queen Elizabeth I as a virginal queen. However, it is also a name that is rarely used today.

Interestingly, Verity is the first name of a teenage private investigator in a television series. And, it makes a cameo in a novel by Agatha Christie.

The name is also a name that is sometimes used in the Miss Marple mysteries.

Wendat

The Wendat were one of the many indigenous peoples of Ontario, Canada. They are known to have lived in the area as early as 400 years ago. Their name comes from the French word Huron, which means "Huron" in English.

In the 1600s, the Wendat population was about 20,000 to 25,000. They were composed of eight matrilineal clans. A Wendat clan was required to help other members in times of need. It was also necessary to trade with each other for the animals and goods they needed.

Wendat villages were surrounded by a longhouse. Each family had their own space within the longhouse. These structures were about seven meters wide and 90 meters long.

A Wendat village was made up of about fifteen longhouses. Two councils controlled the affairs of the village. One council dealt with civil matters, while the other was in charge of war.

Most members of a Wendat clan were not allowed to marry within their clan. However, children could marry the father's clan.

Wendats had a language, which was related to the Iroquois languages. Some of the smaller tribes were Rock People, the Cord Makers, and Bear People.

Jesuit Father Jean de Brebeuf was the first to learn the Wendat language. He lived in the village of Wendat in 1634. After a short stay in Neutral, Quebec, he returned to his homeland.

He had a catechism published in 1632, which was based on his work with the Wendat. Although the Wendat did not accept Brebeuf's missionary work, they did not verbally attack him.

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