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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 Standish became the original colony’s first military leader
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The Mayflower was carrying 102 passengers as they sailed from England to the U.S.
Benjamin was one of the most common names in colonial times.
The Hudson River was the original intended destination of the Mayflower, but instead they ended up near the tip of Cape Cod. Oh well.
In 1789, George Washington (our first president) issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the U.S.
Not only one of our beloved states, Virginia Dare was the first child believed to be born in Plymouth in 1597.
John Smith was the explorer who not only helped lead the colony in Jamestown but also gave “New England” its name.
Edward Winslow was one of the first governors of the Plymouth Colony.
William Bradford was the governor who invited the Native Americans over for the feast that was became known as the first Thanksgiving in 1621.
William Bradford is the man credited with giving the name “pilgrims” to the group who came over on the Mayflower.
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.
Names like Jonas were extremely popular among the men of the original colonies.
The Mayflower was the iconic ship that brought the first colonists to America.
Biblical names, like Samuel, were very popular for boys names used by the first colonists.
A woman named Susana was the first woman married in Plymouth.