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Traditional American baby names

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Classic girl and boy names

When the first settlers arrived in what is now the United States, they brought their own culture and names with them. As the pioneers spread westward through the country, this evolved into a culture all its own, one of hardship and pride, of heavy work and reward and of home and hearth. Many of the names of the early American pilgirms, pioneers and settlers are classic and traditional names still in use today, while others are truly unique. We've gathered the best baby names from early America for you -- check them out!

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American names from the 1600s

The legendary ship, the Mayflower, departed English shores in September of 1620. Aboard were 102 passengers, about half of which were known as separatists (or pilgrims) and they arrived in Cape Cod in November. One baby was born during the voyage and received the suitable name Oceanus. The trip was arduous and while only one person died during the voyage, many more died soon after arrival as during the harsh winter they stayed aboard the ship and disease broke out. Names from this time period were often Biblical in origin (as well as what are known as Puritan names) and this trend continued throughout the next few centuries. Here are notable boy and girl names from the passengers of the Mayflower:

Early American boy names

  1. Bartholomew
  2. Christopher
  3. Degory
  4. Edward
  5. Elias
  6. Francis
  7. Giles
  8. Henry
  9. Isaac
  10. James
  11. Jasper
  12. John
  13. Love
  14. Moses
  15. Myles
  16. Oceanus
  17. Resolved
  18. Richard
  19. Robert
  20. Samuel
  21. Thomas
  22. William
  23. Wrestling

Early American girl names

  1. Alice
  2. Ann
  3. Constance
  4. Damarus
  5. Desire
  6. Dorothy
  7. Eleanor
  8. Elizabeth
  9. Ellen
  10. Humility
  11. Joan
  12. Katherine
  13. Mary
  14. Priscilla
  15. Remember
  16. Rose
  17. Sarah
  18. Susanna

Get more biblical baby name ideas here.

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