Home » Baby Names » Surprisingly Cute Pilgrim Baby Names

Surprisingly Cute Pilgrim Baby Names

Looking for creative baby name ideas? You could flip through an atlas, check tonight’s reality TV listings or even browse the models at your local car dealership. Chances are, though, that even at Thanksgiving time you won’t be tempted to search the passenger manifest of the good ship Mayflower. Most parents today give 17th-century style a pass. After all, of the 74 men aboard the Mayflower, 16 were named John.

Perhaps you should think again. Centuries before anybody thought to turn Heaven inside out and make Nevaeh, the Pilgrims were dishing out creative, spiritual “meaning” names. Nestled among the Mayflower’s familiar classics you’ll find names so unusual they’d stand out even in today’s anything-goes playgrounds.

Here’s a lineup of genuine pilgrim names that go way beyond John and Priscilla. You can consider them as creative ideas for your own Thanksgiving baby — or at least scare your relatives with the prospect:

The Voyager

Two baby boys were born on board the Mayflower, and both were christened in honor of the voyage: Oceanus (in ancient times, the name of a vast body of water thought to encircle the world) and Peregrine (meaning wandering or migrating, from the Latin for traveler).

Journey, Destiny

The Modest Virtues

These are the names with the most distinctive Pilgrim style: Resolved, Humility, and Remember. A name like Remember sounds androgynous today, but in the 17th century Resolved was consistently male, Humility and Remember consistently female.

Modern counterparts: Serenity, Sincere

The Not-So-Modest Virtues

They may have sounded pious in the Pilgrims’ time, but a son named Love and a daughter named Desire would come across rather differently today.

Modern counterparts: Cherish, Bliss

The Macho

Wrestling was short for “Wrestling with God.” Is there any tougher way to show your devotion?

Modern counterparts: Blaze, Gunner

About the author

The Name Diviner

OK I must admit...I am a name nerd. I love learning about names, their beginnings, origins, meanings, history, their resurgences from history and their crazy births via celebrities....everyone has some weird passion right?.....right? Hopefully though I can help inspire you to conquer your quest for the perfect baby name.

Share to...