Classic American names patriotic parents are going gaga over

Baby in bonnet
Image: Layland Masuda/Getty Images

Puritan names

Other names popular in 17th century America were the Puritan-influenced virtue names (many of which were considered unisex and bestowed upon both boys and girls), like:

  1. Charity
  2. Constance
  3. Deliverance
  4. Grace
  5. Mercy
  6. Prudence
  7. Silence
  8. Submitt
  9. Temperance
  10. Thankfull

The virtue names still popular today tend to be feminine, such as Faith and Hope.

More: Here’s how moms with 3+ kids actually get things done

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 1700s

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

Popular names for girls in the 1700s

  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

Next Up: American names from the 1800s


Comments are closed.