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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!

American names from the 1700s

In the 18th century, names with Biblical origins continued to be popular as did the practice of naming children for their parents and grandparents. There were many babies with these names in the 1700s:

Popular names for boys in the 1700's

  1. Charles
  2. David
  3. John
  4. Jonathan
  5. Joseph
  6. Samuel
  7. Stephen

Popular names for girls in the 1700's

  1. Abigail
  2. Anna
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Hannah
  5. Lydia
  6. Mary
  7. Molly
  8. Rebecca
  9. Sarah

It was during this time that newer, more "modern" names started to appear, such as:

For boys:

  1. Jonas
  2. Josiah
  3. Oliver
  4. Thaddeus

For girls:

  1. Allis (Alice)
  2. Anna
  3. Beulah
  4. Helen
  5. Isabella
  6. Keziah
  7. Lucy
  8. Mehitable
  9. Molly
  10. Ruhamah
  11. Sophia

Check out more old fashioned baby name ideas here.

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