Puritan Names: From Sin-Deny to Fight-the-good-fight-of-faith
While you may love or loathe the kinds of faith-based names that are growing in popularity today -- from Heaven to Messiah to Miracle -- those names are not particularly "out there", especially compared to the kinds of faith-based names our American forebears the 17th Century Pilgrims gave their babies. We've written about the names of the Mayflower babies in the past and now, thanks to our friends at The Hairpin, we have deeper insight into the wild and wooly world of Puritan names. (Read the complete list here) These real-life Puritans names turn to "scriptural phrases, pious ejaculations, or godly admonitions" for inspiration.
Beyond the names we've heard before like Love, Repentance, Clemency and Hope, the list contains a lot of names that are new to us, even if they're not exactly er, name-worthy. (We're looking at you If-Christ-had-not-died-for-thee-thou-hadst-been-damned Barebonee)
On the other hand, a name like Continent Walker is a great take on the geographic names we've seen lately, and we appreciate the literalness of Anger Bull. We think moms today could take inspiration from Vyktorye Buttres or Redivivia Mathews.
What do you think of the Puritan names? Do you think any could be modernized for today's values and name trends?