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Strange Puritan names

"A name is sometimes a ridiculous fate. For example, a man afflicted with the name of Kill Sin Pimple lived in Sussex, in 1609. In the spring of that year, the record shows, Kill Sin served on a jury with his Puritan neighbors, including Fly Debate Roberts, More Fruit Fowler, God Reward Smart, Be Faithful Joiner and Fight the Good Fight of Faith White. Poor men. At birth, their parents had turned them into religious bumper stickers.

Names may carry strange freights -- perverse jokes, weird energies of inflicted embarrassment. Another 17th century Puritan child was condemned to bear the name of Flie Fornication Andrewes. Of course, it is also possible that Andrewes sailed along, calling himself by a jaunty, executive 'F.F. Andrewes.'"

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,977926,00.html

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AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
My first and second names are basically Beloved and The Lord is Gracious, or David and John, if you prefer.

It's not really that much of a stretch; just the language that you speak.
By that reasoning, I think my first and middle names would mean "Lovable Meadow" or "Meadow worthy of love" or something.
Exactly!

My name would be Princess of the Steep Mountain.

Sara (Hewbrew for Princess) and Sum (Chinese for Hill or Steep Mountain).

Everyone's name's got a meaning. I'm not sure why a literally translated name is so hilarious.
I think this is one of the situations where the entertainment is derived by not actually being aware of what's going on :o)
Well, you have to admit that such names are extremely uncommon in English--and these names are a little bit different in that they're not literal translations of existing names, they're pious phrases and admonitions or phrases actually pulled out of the English Bible. But come on, wouldn't you laugh just a little bit if you met someone with the name Kill Sin Pimple? ;P
My lack of amusement might have a lot to do with that fact I've got two names, one Chinese and one American.

My sisters have Chinese names that translate to: Overflowing Cup, Phoenix, Kindness, Bridge Over Long Distances, and Generosity. All words mean something. Just because a word or phrase has been appropriated from another language (or archaic usage) and used indiscriminately in another as a name, well, doesn't mean it voids it of its original meaning.

Your screen name would be Unmarried Occupied God's Promise, which isn't as funny as it is literal to me.
I forgot to mention my Chinese given name means Vietnam. Random, huh?
Actually, I have both an English and a Chinese name as well, so...maybe we just have different senses of humor, or have just thought about it differently. I will say, though, that while in certain cultures it's extremely common for names to have clear meanings without having to be translated, it hasn't been like that in English-speaking societies for centuries. So, it's just unusual and kind of strange to see names like these. But maybe you'll never see it my way, and that's okay. :)

Wow, five sisters? That's cool. :) Do you have any brothers? Nearly all my relatives are boys (I only have one sister and one female cousin), so I can't imagine what it would be like having five sisters.
I'm probably just feeling a little humorless today. I haven't pet a puppy in a while.

Yep, five sisters, and I don't know if you're missing much. There's a lot of drama and a lot of competition over strange things (marriage, babies, cooking, who can eat the hottest foods), but maybe that has less to do with us being all female and more of us being a gaggle of headstrong people constantly trying to establish a pecking order. I can't imagine having all brothers either!
Aw...Cute Overload is nearly as good, but can be an incredible time-waster. D:

Having a lot of brothers is kind of entertaining--I have some tomboyish qualities, though, so that might help me get along with them! But they have stupid competitions, too; once two of my brothers had a contest to see who could eat the most plates of food at a buffet restaurant. That's a no-win situation right there.

But big families are fun. :)
My name: "The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love"." Maria/Mary from behindthename.com
The first three apply, the last one doesn't. I am bitter, defiant, and was a miracle baby. So I love my name. Especially when I piss and moan about something and someone goes, "Bitter, much?" Why yes... yes I am.
One of my friend's ancestors was named Thank Ye the Thankful Lord. I do quite like Fight the Good Fight of Faith White, though.
It could be abbreviated to Fight White or Faith White, depending on whether the child were a boy or girl. ;)
My favorite Puritan name, albeit something of a cruel one to give, was given to a girl who was something like the sixth or seventh daughter in her family. They named her Hopestill, because they were still holding out hope for a boy.
That's kind of pretty. If you dont know the reason.
aw, that's sad. Poor kid -- it's bad enough knowing your parents didn't really want you, but imagine having a name that would remind you of that every day.

light-treasure-liberated-lover here

I guess it's just as well we didn't give in to our son's request to call his younger sister Secunda
Aw. That is a pretty name by itself, but not a nice meaning. =/
I tried to say them and I kept stumbling over the names! They're tongue twisters.
Jeez, F. Fornication's parents must have hated him.
I once had a Cabbage Patch doll named Patience. I thought it was very Puritan of Xavier Roberts, lmao.

But seriously, that's hysterical. XD I live in New England, so I see that sort of thing all the time with old place names and such.
Hehe! I think a few Puritan names are still nice nowadays, like Grace, Hope, or even Charity.

Glad you enjoyed it!

N. Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone

A Puritan man in the 17th Century named Praise-God Barebone (sometimes written "Barbon", spelling was more fluid then) had a son, who he had christened Nicholas Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone.

In spite of his unwieldy middle name Nicholas trained to be a doctor, and then, in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London, helped invent fire insurance. I think it's safe to assume his insurance rivals in late 17th Century London called him Damned Barebone for short.

Re: N. Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone

Haha!

Re: N. Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone

Great joke AND exquisite icon! Mesmerizing.
My horrid name means along the lines of "God's Graceful Light" in the guise of "Hannah"( Hebrew: "God's Grace" or "Graceful" ) and "Eileen"( Gaelic: "Light" ). =(

The funny thing is that I turned out to be rather shadowy and clumsy. That's what happens when your mom thinks up your name while taking a piss. LMAO true story.
Aw! It's still a nice name, though!
I'm fond of the names thought up by the Good Omens Pulsifer clan-"Thou-Shalt-Not-Commit-Adultry Pulsifer" for example.
It's fictional, but I always liked Terry Pratchett's idea of a family who thought since daughters were named after virtues then sons should be named after vices. Some of his characters names: Anger, Jealousy, Covetousness, Deviousness, and Bestiality Carter.
Now there's an idea. xP Poor boys!
My Puritian ancestors were named (first names) Shearjashub, Seraph, Serphium, Serepta, Loyal, Carshina, Thankful, Bathsheba, and Cassius.

Yay, Puritians?
My name is Stormy and once a friend got me one of those what your name means plaques. My name means... stormy. WHO FUCKING KNEW?!

That said, I love my name!