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Please help me choose a girl's name!

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Aww, got your attention, didn't I? No, MargeCat is not having kittens ?(at least not that I know of!), but I need to find a period-correct 18thC. name for my Rev War reenacting persona. My real name would be ok, but I dislike it (my middle name, Anne would be appropriate, but it was very common then). My character is a woman who either emmigarated from England as a child/or/or whose parents are well-off English settlers. Hubby will be a prosperous American farmer, with a couple of servants.

Here's a list of popular English/American 18th C. names:

Anne
Hannah
Mary/Molly
Margaret
Lucy
Elizabeth
Charlotte
Patience (definitely NOT appropriate for me!)
Fanny/Frances (would rather avoid Fanny, as in England, that's slang for the female pudenda!)
Katherine/Kate


Which do you like? Also, if anyone can think of any other appropriate names, please let me know. Thanks!
post #2 of 22
I love Molly! But since you're supposed to be upper-class, it might not be right. Charlotte's pretty, and not common. But I think I have to vote for Kate. Derivative of a very high-class name, but brisk, capable, and down-to-earth.

We want to see pictures of you both in costume! Pleeeeease?
post #3 of 22
You can find more here:

http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/femvets.html


Rachel
Grace
Deborah

Here is another site:

http://nameberry.com/list/245/Colonial-Names-for-Girls

And another site:

http://www.lothene.demon.co.uk/others/women19.html

Lucy
Elizabeth
Gertrude
Eliza
Loretta

Here are more:

Jane
Amelia
Clara
Nellie
Susan
Miriam
Victoria
Laura

I personally like Eliza
.
.
.
post #4 of 22
I would also have to vote for Katherine/ Kate. It seems to very sweet but strong. I had a Grandma named Katherine that came over from Holland but our family is orginally from Prussia. Say the least a good strong name.
post #5 of 22
I like Charlotte the best. But Katherine is a close second!!
post #6 of 22
...Those are a lovely names...may I add to
-Prudence
-Lorraine
post #7 of 22
My four favorite names for a girl have always been

Alexis
Paden
Brice
Hope

I guess Paden and Brice would work for a boy as well but I think they suit girls better.
post #8 of 22
I have my family tree sitting open in front of me... and have a few suggestions... maybe not as common.

Melinda (Melinda Adams, b. 1824)
Louisiana Martha (Louisiana Martha Norris, b. 1848)
Eleanor (Eleanor Cowley, b. 1776)
Esther (Esther Makepeace, b. ?? but most likely late 1700's)
Persis (Persis Goodall, b. 1806)
Abigale/Abigail (Abigale Howe, b. 1766)
Susannah (Susannah Goddard, b. 1742)
Thankful (Thankful Marshall, b. 1803)

I do have plenty of Ann's, Elizabeth's, etc... but there's a beginning of some not as common names... but I still see them enough... and not just in my family history. There are also other spellings from that time... these were just the primary ones... and these were predominately middle to upper class folk. There's one line that is solidly back to the Mayflower... as well as some other decent lines...

I like Patience actually... when a baby is born, the parents don't know how the childs' temper will be... and i think being the opposite is amusing... but that's me. I picked a Russian name for Sheepherder for my SCA name (but never joined, sadly)... but was part of a Scottish clan... I'm sure you've heard the jokes about SCotsmen and sheep...

But feel free to consider any of my family names... I gave full names with birht years as well so you know when they came from. my mother did a lot of geneology, but there's a lot missing as well... like dates of folks from the 18th century...

Amanda
post #9 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by MargeCat View Post
Here's a list of popular English/American 18th C. names:

Anne
Hannah
Mary/Molly
Margaret
Lucy
Elizabeth
Charlotte
Patience (definitely NOT appropriate for me!)
Fanny/Frances (would rather avoid Fanny, as in England, that's slang for the female pudenda!)
Katherine/Kate


Which do you like? Also, if anyone can think of any other appropriate names, please let me know. Thanks!
i like Anne, Charlotte or Katherine/Kate.
post #10 of 22
Margaret Anne sounds good to me
post #11 of 22
I e Katherine or Kate, my youngest's middle name is Katherine after my Grandmother
post #12 of 22
I like the name Katherine. That'd be my pick.
post #13 of 22
I think Katherine and Charlotte are both pretty, regal names. I loved the name Molly until I went to work with a nurse named Molly, who ruined the whole name for me!
post #14 of 22
For a character in your scenario, I love the name Mercy, as in Mercy Otis Warren, but I've always liked Kate as well. It's sassy!
post #15 of 22
I like Charlotte or Patience. Though I love the name Katherine/Kate, I know too many 9 year old girls named that!

Here are some more names from that era from my family tree--Mostly English descent settlers in MA:

Jerusha
Mercy
Martha
Temperance
Betsey
Lydia
Dorcas
Thankful
Deborah
Jane

so where do you re-enact? I went to a French and Indian War encampment at Crown Point in NY last year it was so cool...
post #16 of 22
I've always liked the name "Arabella"
post #17 of 22
I'm a little biased to the name "Lucy"
post #18 of 22
Ooooh, Jerusha! That's a beauty!
post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
I love Molly! But since you're supposed to be upper-class, it might not be right. Charlotte's pretty, and not common. But I think I have to vote for Kate. Derivative of a very high-class name, but brisk, capable, and down-to-earth.

We want to see pictures of you both in costume! Pleeeeease?
I should be getting my new dress form this week, & I'll try to post pics of the dress I made last month (I'm camera-shy!).

Funny, so many people chose Charlotte; that's what I was leaning toward!
Thanks, everyone, for the votes!
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by marieba View Post
I like Charlotte or Patience. Though I love the name Katherine/Kate, I know too many 9 year old girls named that!

Here are some more names from that era from my family tree--Mostly English descent settlers in MA:

Jerusha
Mercy
Martha
Temperance
Betsey
Lydia
Dorcas
Thankful
Deborah
Jane

so where do you re-enact? I went to a French and Indian War encampment at Crown Point in NY last year it was so cool...
We reenact in Pa. & New Jersey.
post #21 of 22
Kate and Lucy.
post #22 of 22
well i'm english, and i have studdied my family tree and have spent quite some time tracing it back a long way.

i have heard some names in those posts that i never came accross then or now. im nit-picking just saying.

typical english name of that period has got to be elizabeth, especially middle/upper class. what you have to consider is that english are very reserved, outlandish names just dont happen over here at all! if you had anything slightly different you would be riddiculed until you left school! lol

elizabeth, mary, catherine, anne, are right on the money in my experience?

hope that helps?

by the way my name is jeremy, which is a bit middle class really here, and certainly not common, thankfully it was always shortened to jez which made the bullies at school overlook it lol!
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