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Hi! Humiliation Hynde had two sons in the 1620s; he called them both Humiliation Hynde.

Names like 'Fly-Fornication' and 'Has-Descendants'. Ah, the Barebones. Brother of “Damned Barebone”.
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This one was a leather-worker, member of a particularly odd Puritan group and an MP.

A Puritan naming his child “No-Merit” was in modern terms naming his child “Not born entitled to special treatment.” and likely “humble before god” implied. But, to be fair, his first name was only half of his problem. Cannibals, monkeys, or civilised beings? Make-peace.

Tace. Continent.

Ostensibly, the goal was to give children godly names that wouldn’t be tainted by unbelievers using them. But, for some inexplicable reason, he decided to go by the name, Jesus-Christ-came-into-the-world- to-save. A brother of Farewell Sykes, who died in 1865.

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), If-Christ-had- not-died-for- thee-thou-hadst- been-damned (Praise-God’s son, he changed his name to Nicolas), Jesus-Christ-came- into-the-world- to-save (Brother of “Damned Barebone”. These restrictions were in place till the nineteenth century, and weirdly, in this time Puritans got into business. A Puritain naming their child “Humiliation” was, in contemporary terms, naming their child “He who is humbled/humble” with the “before God” always implied. Trinity. 69 Trinities were born in 2012. Devil-dog Brewster 3.

Here is the list of Puritan names for boys. To show that some of these names are still in use, I’ve referred to 2012 statistics on names in the UK from the Guardian’s interactive chart of baby names. I make predictions, and so do people I talk to, it's easy to forget these unless they come true. Most became non-conformists. Desire. Names like 'Hope', 'Innocence' and so on. NoMerit Vynall was born in Warbleton in Sussex, a fount of beautiful names. | Heirlines, Collectioun of Cunnynge Curioustes: October 12, 2013 | Exit, Pursued By A Bear, Trolls and Tesseracts: Playing dice in four dimensions., “It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.” – Lemony Snicket | Quoth the Girl, Puritan names: What were those parents thinking? And you'll never see this message again. Humiliation (Humiliation Hynde had two sons in the 1620s, he called them both Humiliation Hynde), No-merit (NoMerit Vynall was born in Warbleton, a haven of beautiful names), Sorry-for-sin (Sorry-for-sin Coupard lived in Warbleton), Silence (Silence was one of the few of these names to be used up north, it appeared in Derbyshire records in 1877), Tace (it’s another word for silence, and is of course a female name), Kill-sin (Kill-sin Pimple did Jury service in the 1650s), Liberty (129 were born in the UK in 2012), Felicity (302 babies got this name in 2012), Prudence (13 babies got this name in 2012), Verity (131 babies were born with this name in 2012), Trinity (69 Trinities were born in 2012, the name saw a burst in popularity in 1999, due to a particular film, I guess), Dancell-Dallphebo-Mark-Anthony-Gallery-Cesar (son of Dancell-Dallphebo-Mark-Anthony-Gallery-Cesar, born 1676. Praise-God. Always makes me think of the awesome names in Good Omens.

Kill-sin. Two points: 1) The Puritans were, relative to their social milieu, scornful of rank and social privilege. We can assume they had rather pessimistic parents. They were the ones who dealt the death blow to aristocracy and seriously started the ball rolling on individualism and merit replacing class and birth rank. FYI: Witchcraft in England and the Colonies was considered a civil crime, tried by civil courts. The Puritans was naming his child to mean something like, “No questioning faith in God”. Fear-not. I can only imagine this name shortened to "Save.". Kill-sin Pimple did Jury service in the 1650s. Dancell-Dallphebo-Mark-Anthony-Gallery-Cesar. Probably. They also helped Puritans to recognise their own. The Quakers alone developed fixed prices for goods in shops, drinking chocolate, and set up lots of businesses that looked after their workers as well as they could. So I'm recording them here to see how often I get things right.

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What do Neanderthal burials tell us about the start of humanity? Dancell-Dallphebo-Mark-Anthony-Gallery-Cesar. The parts of about everything positive in the modern world, democracy, individualism, religious freedom, the end of slavery world wide (until recently anyway), industrialism etc that traced through England, started with the Puritans. As far as names go, Puritans often used virtues to name their children. By the 17th century, it had shifted to mean more in the modern sense of “to be humbled”. Secretion James 2. Joy-in-sorrow. They saw all humans a spiritually “depraved” and equal in their capacity to sin. I wonder if you could email me at rebeccaonion at gmail? Do-not-tramp-upon-your-fathers-fathers, 6. They were a diverse bunch. Perhaps their greatest gift to history, however, is their wonderfully strange taste in names. The Puritans believed that reforms had not gone far enough and advocated for a church entirely divorced from Catholic ceremonies.

Create a free website or blog at If-Christ-had-not-died-for-thee-thou-hadst-been-damned. Do-not-tramp-upon-your-fathers-fathers 6. But by the late 16th century many Puritan communities in Southern Britain saw common names as too worldly, and opted instead to name children after virtues or with religious slogans as a way of setting the community apart from non-Puritan neighbors. Continent. Despite this, some of the names have remained in common use in Anglophone countries. This is Rebecca Onion – I run’s history blog, The Vault ( The names are surprisingly true to life.

I am a Puritan fan. Sorry-for-sin, Fly-fornication, and Job-raked-out-of-the-ashes are all truly terrifying names found in Curiosities of Puritan nomenclature (1888), a collection of Puritan names chosen "to remind the child about sin and pain." Continent Walker was born in 1594 in Sussex. Verity. 131 babies were born with this name in 2012. 20 Puritan Names That Are Utterly Strange, 12 of the Cruelest Puritan Names (meant to remind children of the pain of the world). Obviously, their victory was short-lived, and in 1660 some people decided England should be a monarchy again. 302 babies got this name in 2012. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. It’s another word for silence, and is of course a female name. Religious persecution seems to have been a lot worse before and after the commonwealth than when the Puritans were in charge. You can cancel anytime. “Merit” originally meant “entitled” usually in the sense of being born to a station in life. Praise-God's son, he made a name for himself as an economist. How could you not be? Today we would say, “there’s no debate” or “no questioning”. Most of these are courtesy of the 1888 book by Charles Bardsley, Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature (seen here on the Public Domain Review’s website), which includes Parish records with details about some of the people who had these names. Son of Dancell-Dallphebo-Mark-Anthony-Gallery-Cesar, born 1676. Puritanism has its roots in the late sixteenth century, after Henry VIII broke ties with the Catholic Church. Prudence. Names like Verity, Felicity, and Hope more than make up for the Humiliations, Die-wells, and Kill-sins.

We can assume they had rather pessimistic parents. Abigail - Joy | Joyce - Zilla These boy names were at the peak of their popularity in 2018 (USAGE OF 3.9%), except for names like Moses which have become less stylish.The most fashionable baby names in this list are Asher (#47), Ezra (#59), Gideon (#308), Levi (#33) and Tobias (#275), while Silis (TOP 88%) and Esher (68%) are popular last names. A name attached to many stories of difficult births. Civil War is a horrible thing, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any group that made it look quite so good. I’m a fan in some ways, but there is the whole ‘burning witches’ thing… still, love the names.

P uritan baby names and what they mean, for puritan, with 28 results. It certainly sounds like a Puritan name from this period.

You’ve run out of free articles. Kill-sin Pimple probably wouldn’t have agreed. In an aristocratic society in which social rank was everything, it had the same effects as demotion in military rank has today.

Sorry-for-sin. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out /  The roots of Puritanism are to be found in the beginnings of the English Reformation. Die-Well. Weirdly for me, many of them originate from East Sussex, which means that most of the weirdest Puritan names in the country originate just a few miles away from where I’m sat now. Civil courts could not order execution by burning, that was reserved for ecclesiastical courts. The Puritans of the 16th and 17th centuries used many virtue names which have fallen out of use (although I think I'm going to name my first child Job-raked-out-of-the-ashes-- it just has that certain something!). I can only imagine this name shortened to “Save.”.

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