15 Baby Names Inspired by Historic America

With Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, I thought it might be fun to brush up on my American history and in the process found a wealth of great baby names inspired by the very first settlers. Click through for my 15 favorites and tell me yours!

  • Myles

    Myles

    Myles Standish became the original colony’s first military leader
    Image is US Public Domain. Found via Wikipedia Commons

  • Sailor

    Sailor

    The Mayflower was carrying 102 passengers as they sailed from England to the U.S.

  • Benjamin

    Benjamin

    Benjamin was one of the most common names in colonial times.

  • Hudson

    Hudson

    The Hudson River was the original intended destination of the Mayflower, but instead they ended up near the tip of Cape Cod. Oh well.

  • George

    George

    In 1789, George Washington (our first president) issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the U.S.

  • Virginia

    Virginia

    Not only one of our beloved states, Virginia Dare was the first child believed to be born in Plymouth in 1597.

  • John

    John

    John Smith was the explorer who not only helped lead the colony in Jamestown but also gave “New England” its name.

  • Edward

    Edward

    Edward Winslow was one of the first governors of the Plymouth Colony.

  • William

    William

    William Bradford was the governor who invited the Native Americans over for the feast that was became known as the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

  • Bradford

    Bradford

    William Bradford is the man credited with giving the name “pilgrims” to the group who came over on the Mayflower.

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

    While Puritan names (like Prudence) were very popular during colonial times, so were English names. Elizabeth was one of the most common female names in that time.

  • Jonas

    Jonas

    Names like Jonas were extremely popular among the men of the original colonies.

  • May

    May

    The Mayflower was the iconic ship that brought the first colonists to America.

  • Samuel

    Samuel

    Biblical names, like Samuel, were very popular for boys names used by the first colonists.

  • Susana

    Susana

    A woman named Susana was the first woman married in Plymouth.

 

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