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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!