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{November 24, 2011}   Thanksgiving Names – Boys

Passengers on the Mayflower:

*pictures of well known people with each name

Name                          Origin                            Meaning

Bartholomew            Aramaic                          “Son of the Furrow” An apostle’s name that’s been out of favor for centuries but might appeal again to the parent in search of an old but rare choice. There was one Bartholomew on the Mayflower. Variations include: Bart, Bartelby, Bartho, Barthol, Barthold, Bartholomeus, Bartlet, Bartlett, Bartow, Bartt, Bat

Saint Bratholomew

Christopher               Greek/Latin                  “Bearer or Christ” A classic that’s lost a bit of popularity despite it’s strong feel. Sometimes used to honor Saint Christopher, a third century martyr who became the protective saint of travelers. There was one Christopher on the Mayflower. Variations include: Chris, Christo, Christobel, Christof, Christoff, Christoffel, Christofor, Cris, Cristofer, Cristopher, Cristovano, Kip,Kit, Kitt, Kris, Kristo, Kristofel, Kristoff, Kristofor, Kristoforos, Kristopher, Kristos, Krys, Krystofer, Krystopher, Tofer, Topher.

Christopher Columbus

Degory                         English                            “A dyke” This seems to be a variation on the name Diggory.

Digory Kirke from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Edmund                      English                             “wealthy protector” A neglected classic, both less common and more upscale than Edward. There was one Edmund on the Mayflower. Variations include: Eadmund, Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Ned, Ted, Teddy, Tedman, Tedmund, Theomund

Edmund Haley, astronomer

Edward                        English                            “Wealthey Guardian” Edward is a classic that moves in and out of fashion. Edward Cullen of the Twilight series gave this name a boost recently. There were 6 Edward’s on the Mayflower. Variations include: Eadward, Ed, Edd, Eddie, Eddy, Edik, Edison, Edson, Edvardas, Edwald, Ewart, Lalo, Ned, Neddy, Ted, Teddy

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

Elias                              Greek/German            “The Lord is my God” Used by the English Puritans in the eighteenth century, Elias is the name of an oratorio about the prophet Elijah, composed by Felix Mendelssohn. There was one Elias on the Mayflower. Variations include: Elia, Eliasz, Eliaz, Elice, Elice, Eliyas, Ellias, Ellice, Ellice, Ellis, Elyas, Lincha

Prophet Elias

Francis                        Latin                                “Free man” Famous saints’ name pretty much confined to Irish and Italian Catholics for decades, and still has a starchy feel. There were 3 Francis’ on the Mayflower. Variations include: Feri, Fran, Frank, Frankie, Franko, Franky, Frann, Frannie

Sir Francis Bacon

George                         Greek                              “Farmer” Solid, strong, royal and saintly, yet friendly and unpretentious, George is in position for a comeback. George was the name of the king of Britain for 116 straight years, as well as the patron saint of England, Saint George, who, by slaying the dragon became the symbol of good conquering evil. There was 1 George on the Mayflower. Variations include: Georgie

George Orwell

Gilbert                         German                          “Shining pledge” Considered ultra debonair in the silent-movie era, Gilbert seems a little old now, though, like Frank and George, it could be ready for a comeback. There was 1 Gilbert on the Mayflower. Variations include: Bert, Gil, Gilburt, Gill, Gilly

Gilbert Arenus

Giles                             Greek                               “Young goat” Pronounced Jiles. One of those names that most Americans find just too tea-sippingly British to consider; its meaning has led to occasional use for Capricorn boys. There was 1 Giles on the Mayflower. Variations include: Gide, Gidie, Gile, Gilean, Gileon, Gilette, Gill, Gillette, Gyle, Gyles, Jiles, Jyles

Giles Corey

Henry                          German                           “Estate Ruler” A solid name with lots of history and personality. Henry has a long pedigree as a royal name with many worthy (as well as notorious) namesakes. There’s Henry the Eighth, of course, along with all those other British kings named Henry, down to the current second in line to the throne, Prince Henry, called Harry. There was 1 Henry on the Mayflower. Variations include: Hal, Hank, Harry, Heriot, Herrriot

Prince Henry the Navigator

Isaac                            Hebrew                           “Laughter” A favorite of the Puritans, Isaac went on to assume something of a rabbinical image. In the Old Testament Isaac was the long-awaited son of the elderly Sarah and 100-year-old Abraham, so old that their news provoked laughter, giving the name its meaning. There was 1 Isaac on the Mayflower. Variations include:  Ike, Ikey, Ikie, Isa, Isac, Isack, Isi, Issa, Issa, Itzak, Izik, Izsak, Zack, Zak

Isaac Newton

James                          Hebrew                           “Supplanter” James is one of the classic Anglo-Saxon names, a stalwart through the ages. James is biblical (the name of two apostles in the New Testament), royal (kings of both England and Scotland), presidential (with more U.S. Chief Executives named James(6) than any other name), and it is shared by countless great writers and entertainers. There was 1 James on the Mayflower. Variations include: Jaimes, Jaimey, Jaimie, Jamesie, Jameson, Jamesy, Jamey, Jamez, Jameze, Jamies, Jamison, Jamse, Jamyes, Jamze, Jas, Jasha, Jay, Jayines, Jaymes, Jaymie, Jaymz, Jem, Jemes, Jim, Jiminy, Jimmy, Jocko

King James II

Jasper                         Persian                            “Bringer of Treasure” Distinctly masculine, Jasper represents a variety of quartz–one of the few gem names for boys. Although it doesn’t appear in the bible, Jasper is the usual English form for one of the three Wise Men who brought gifts to the infant Christ according to medieval tradition. There was 1 Jasper on the Mayflower. Variations include: Casper, Gasper, Jas, Jaspar, Jaz, Jazper, Jespar, Jesper

Jasper Johns

John                            Hebrew                            “God is Gracious” John reigned as the most popular of all boys’ Christian names for four hundred years, from the time the first Crusaders carried it back to Britain until the 1950s, at which point American baby namers finally seemed to be tiring of this most straight-arrow, almost anonymous John Doe of names and started to replace it with fancier forms like Johnathan. There were 15 Johns on the Mayflower. Variations include: Jack, Jackie, Jahn, Jaxon, Jhan, Jhon, Jian, Jianni, Jock, Joen, Johan, Johne, Johnee, Johnie, Johnnie, Johnny, Johnson, Johon, Jon, Jones, Jonni, Jonnie, Jonny, Jonté, Jovanney, Jovanni, Jovonni, Juwan

John Lennon

Joseph                        Hebrew                            “Jehovah Increases” Joseph is one of the classic names in American nomenclature, popular with parents from many ethnic backgrounds, and having dual-religious appeal. In the Old Testament, Joseph is the twelfth and favorite son of Jacob and Rachel, in the New Testament it is the name of the carpenter husband of the Virgin Mary, and there is also a Saint Joseph, the protector of working men. There were 2 Josephs on the Mayflower. Variations include: Jazeps, Jessop, Jessup, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joe, Joeseph, Joey, Jojo, Joos, Jopie, Jos, Joseba, Josephat, Josephie, Josephus, Josheph, Josif, Josiff, Joss, Josue, Jozef, Jozka, Jozzepi, Seppi

Joseph, father of Jesus

Moses                          Egyptian                         “Delivered from the water” Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s choice of this white-bearded Old Testament name brings it into the modern age. There was 1 Moses on the Mayflower. Variations include: Mo, Moe, Moise, Moishye, Moke, Mose, Mosie, Moss


Myles                           Latin                                “Soldier” Miles was the name of the first translator of the Bible into English–the English monk Miles Coverdale, and is also the name of a character in Hawthorne’s “The Blithedale Romance”. Miles Hendon figures in Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, and Miles was one of the young children in Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw.” Myles Standish was the leader of the Pilgrim fathers. Myles Standish was the only Myles on the Mayflower.

Myles Standish

Oceanus                      Mythological               Oceanus was the Titan in ancient Greek mythology who rules what they thought was the body of water that surrounded the Earth. Oceanus was, appropriately enough, the name of the only baby born on the Mayflower. Variations include: Ocean, Oceana, Oceane

Mythological Oceanus

Peter                            Greek                               “Rock” A classic New Testament name, Peter’s popularity has been sliding since the 1950s, which makes it a good choice if you’re seeking a less-used classic with many nice childhood associations, like Peter Rabbit and Peter Pan. The name came into being as a nickname given to the apostle Simon by Jesus. There was 1 Peter on the Mayflower. Variations include: Pearce, Peers, Peeter, Peirce, Perico, Perion, Perkin, Pero, Perrin, Perry, Pete, Petey, Peto, Pierce, Pierson, Péter

Saint Peter

Richard                       German                          “Dominant Ruler” Richard is a far from stylish old Norman name, with a rich royal history, but now not even in the Top 100. There were 5 Richards on the Mayflower. Variations include: Dick, Dickie, Dicky, Raechard, Rashard, Ric, Ricard, Rich, Richar, Richardsen, Richardson, Richaud, Richer, Richerd, Richey, Richie, Richird, Richshard, Richy, Rick, Ricke, Rickey, Rickie, Ricky, Rishard, Rishi, Ritch, Ritchard, Ritcherd, Ritchie, Ritchy, Ritshard, Ritsherd, Ryk

Richard the Lionheart

Robert                         German                          “Bright Fame” Robert was the name of three kings of Scotland, including Robert the Bruce, who freed Scotland from English rule.There are countless literary and real life namesakes, from Robert E. Lee to Robert Redford. There was 1 Robert on the Mayflower. Variations include: Bert, Bertie, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby, Raby, Rhobbie, Rip, Rob, Robars, Robb, Robben, Robbey, Robbi, Robbie, Robbin, Robbins, Robbinson, Robby, Rober, Robers, Roberson, Roberte, Roberts, Robertson, Robeson, Robhy, Robi, Robie, Robin, Robinson, Robson, Roby, Robynson, Rudbert

Robert E. Lee

Roger                           German                          “Famous Warrior” In the World War II era, Roger meant “understood,” now, it’s not very popular. There was 1 Roger on the Mayflower. Variations include: Rodge, Rodger, Rodgy, Rog, Rogerick, Rogers

Roger Federer

Samuel                        Hebrew                           “told by God” In the Old Testament, Samuel was one of the great judges and prophets of the Israelites, destined for a holy life from birth. He established the Hebrew monarchy, anointing both Saul and David as kings. There were 3 Samuels on the Mayflower. Variations include: Sam, Sammie, Sammy, Samual, Samualle, Samuell, Samy

Samuel Hahnemann

Solomon                     Hebrew                           “Peace” Wise old biblical name that, along with other patriarchal classics, is finally beginning to shed its long white beard and step from the pages of the Old Testament.  There was 1 Solomon on the Mayflower. Variations include: Salman, Salmen, Salmon, Salo, Saloman, Salomone, Selman, Shelomo, Sol, Solamon, Sollie, Solly, Solmon, Soloman, Zalmen, Zalmon, Zelman, Zelmen, Zelmo, Zollie, Zolly

King Solomon

Stephen                       Greek                               “Garland, Crown” Already common in ancient Greece, Stephen was the name of the first Christian martyr, one of the seven men chosen to help the apostles spread the gospel of Christianity, several popes and a British king. There was 1 Stephen on the Mayflower. Variations include: Steafan, Stef, Steffen, Steffon, Steph, Stephanus, Stephon, Stevan, Steve, Steven, Stevenson, Stevey, Stevie, Stevin, Stevon, Stevy, Stevyn

Stephen King

Thomas                       Aramaic                          “Twin” Thomas came about because there were too many apostles named Judas; Jesus renamed one Thomas (meaning “twin”) to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot and the Judas also known as Thaddeus, and at first it was used only for priests. Sir Thomas Aquinas and Thomas Beckett are two of many towering Thomas’s. There were 4 Thomas’s on the Mayflower. Variations include: Thom, Thomason, Thomaz, Thomeson, Thomison, Thommas, Thompson, Thomsen, Thomson, Thomy, Tom, Tomah, Tomaisin, Tomie, Tomkin, Tomlin, Tomlinson, Tommas, Tommey, Tommy

Thomas Edison

William                        German                           “Resolute Protection” The name was introduced to England by William the Conqueror, and has long reigned as a royal name there. There are dozens of worthy namesakes called William, including William Shakespeare, Bil lGates, Will Smith, and four US presidents. There were 7 Williams on the Mayflower. Variations include: Bill, Bille, Billie, Billy, Pim, Wiley, Wilkes, Wilkie, Wilkinson, Will, Willi, Williamson, Willie, Willis, Wills, Willy, Wilmar, Wilson, Wim

William the Conqueror

Surnames of Passengers on the Mayflower:

There are several surnames that could be usable as first names:

Name                              Origin                                   Meaning

Alden                                English                                   “Old, wise friend” It might make a more distinctive alternative to such widely used but similar names as Aiden and Holden. Variations include: Aldin, Aldwin, Aldwyn, Elden, Eldin

Bradford                          English                                   “wide river crossing” Very usable surname name. Variations include: Braddford and Bradman

Carter                               English                                   “cartmaker” Carter has been popular for almost two decades, but only now has it broken into the Top 50, leaving all the other upscale occupational surname names behind. Having hot characters named Carter on both Gossip Girl and The OC probably didn’t hurt. Carter also has presidential cred. Variations include: Cartier

Carver                              Cornish                                  “Great rock” Carver is an occupational name with an artistic bent. It also has eminent last-name links to botanist and educator George Washington Carver and short story master Raymond Carver.

Clarke                               English                                   “Scribe” Clark seemed to have been ‘Gone with the Wind’, but parents looking for a short, strong boy’s name are now beginning to appreciate its cool combination of Gable charm with Superman power. Variations include: Clarke, Clerc, Clerk

Cooper                             English                                   “barrel maker” The genial yet upscale and preppy Cooper was one of the first occupational last names to catch on — and Cooper remains a pleasing option.

Fletcher                           English                                   “arrow maker” Fletcher is a common surname with a touch of quirkiness, it definitely fits into the So Far Out It’s In category–and moving further in all the time. Variations include: Flecher, Fletch

Martin                              Latin                                       “warlike” Like Raymond and Vincent and George, are just starting to sound possible again. Stylish in London. Variations include: Mart, Marten, Martie, Marton, Marty

Samson                            Hebrew                                  “son” This name, once considered overly powerful due to the superhuman strength of the biblical figure, is now an option for parents in search of an unusual route to Sam. Variations include: Sampson, Sansom, Sanson

Turner                              English                                   “woodworker” Turner is a name that’s both preppy and painterly. Turner is a more distinctive choice than many of the usual suspects.

Warren                             French                                   “park keeper” Distinguished and with presidential cred, this could be a solid choice.


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