Unusual Names

BOLD CAPITAL means direct ancestor

Biblical Names
Name Father Source
Asa Elihu Miner The third king of the Kingdom of Judah and the fifth king of the House of David. He was the son of Abijam, grandson of Rehoboam, and great-grandson of Solomon. Popular Puritan name in the 17th C.
Asenath Samuel Foster Asenath (in modern times sometimes transliterated as Osnat) is a figure in the Book of Genesis  An Egyptian woman whom Pharaoh gave to Joseph son of Jacob to be his wife. The daughter of Potipherah, a priest of On, she bore Joseph two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, who became the patriarchs of the Israelite tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim..
AZUBAH John FITCH Meaning “deserted”, is the name of two women in the Bible:

  • Azubah the wife of Caleb
  • Azubah daughter of Shilhi, and mother of Jehoshaphat, King of Judah
BARNABAS Rev. John Lothrop Saint Barnabas was an Early Christian convert, one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem.  Named an apostle in Acts 14:14, he and Saint Paul undertook missionary journeys together and defended Gentile converts against the demands of stricter church leaders.
Baruch (Baruck Barak)
Alexander Balcom Jr. “Blessed” Except for its use as a name, this is also related to berakhah or bracha (Hebrew: ברכה; plural ברכות, berakhot), which is a Jewish blessing.The root B-R-K meaning “blessing” is also present in other Semitic languages. The most common Arabic form is the passive form Mubarak, but the form Barack is also used.
One Baruch was Jeremiah’s scribe-secretary
Benoni Capt. William Clark Sr. “Son of my sorrow”
Rachel, mother of Benyamin, knew she was dying after his birth and called him Benoni, but Jacob, his father, changed the name to Benyamin.
Beulah William Lewis Blair A name symbolically applied to Israel: “Thy land (shall be called) Beulah …. thy land shall be married. …. so shall thy sons marry thee” (Isaiah 62:4) Hebrew – “Married or Bride”
DORCAS William Baker Dorcas (also known as Tabitha) was a disciple who lived in Joppa, referenced in the Book of Acts 9:36–42 of the Bible. Acts recounts that when she died, she was mourned by “all the widows … crying and showing (Peter) the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.”
EBENEZER Capt. Ebenezer Hawes Sr.
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James Gorham I
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Maj. John Foster
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Samuel Perkins
Hebrew origin meaning “Stone of the help” Derived from the phrase “Eben ha-Ezer a place mentioned as the site of two battles in the Books of Samuel in the Hebrew Bible and a stone raised by Samuel.
Elad Capt. Ebenezer Hawes
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James Gorham I
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John Kingsley
Eldad is mentioned in the Book of Numbers, and are described as having prophesied among the Israelites, despite the fact that they had remained in the camp, while 70 elders had gone to the tabernacle outside the camp to receive the ability to prophecy from God, Joshua asked Moses to forbid Eldad and Medad from prophecy, but Moses argued that it was a good thing that others could prophesy, and that ideally all the Israelites would prophesize
Eleazer Jeremiah O’Kelly
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Benjamin Crispe
The second  High Priest -succeeding his father Aaron.
Eliab Joseph Webber Jr. The eldest son of Jesse, and thus the older brother of King David. He was apparently tall and had fair features, but not the proper heart to be king of Israel (1 Samuel 16:7). “Do not consider his appearance or his height…the Lord looks at the heart.” Some commentators have suggested that it was due to his temper, as he argued with David before David went to fight Goliath.
ELIPHALET Samuel Foster A son of David
ELIHU William Miner
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Elihu Miner
A friend of Job.  The speeches of Elihu  contradict the fundamental opinions expressed by the ‘friendly accusers’ in the central body of the text, that it is impossible that the righteous should suffer, all pain being a punishment for some sin.  Elihu means “my God is Yaweh.Elihu named our ancestor Elihu too, so we have two in our tree.
ELISHA Captain William Hedge My God is salvation”, A prophet mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and the Qur’an. To Eastern Orthodox he is known as Saint Eliseus; to some Roman Catholics as Eliseus, however, the standard English form of the name has been “Elisha,” at least since the introduction of the Authorized King James Version. He is also a prophet in Islam and is usually known under his Arabic name Alyasa.
EPHRAIM Ephraim Kempton Sr. (Original Immigrant and his son Ephraim Jr.)
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George Morton
The Tribe of Ephraim (Hebrew -“double fruitfulness”) was one of the Tribes of Israel. The Tribe of Manasseh together with Ephraim also formed the House of Joseph.
Habakuk William Beamsley “Embrace.”  The Book of Habakkuk is the eighth book of the 12 minor prophets of the Old Testament .  It is attributed to the prophet Habakkuk.  The 12 minor prophets are: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
HANNIEL Bosworth
(Original Immigrant) Prince of the tribe of Manasseh; one of those appointed by Moses to superintend the division of Canaan amongst the tribe (Num. 34:23).
Hephzibah Thomas Ford
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Edward Hazen Sr.
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Edward Hazen Jr.
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Isreal Hazen
God-fearing Hezekiah called his wife Hephzibah. In II Kings 21.” And Hezekiah could say concerning his wife, “My delight is in her.”God calls His people Hephzibah in Isaiah 62:4. God has said that He would take away our rightful name which is “Forsaken,” and would call us by a new name, a name which He would choose. That name will be “Hephzibah.”
Hezekiah James Gorham II
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Simon Newcomb
King of Judah during the invasion and siege of Jerusalem bySennacherib in 701 BC. The siege was lifted by a miraculous plague that afflicted Sennacherib’s army.
Huldah Ebenezer Foster
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Nathaniel PEASE II
A prophetess mentioned briefly in 2 Kings 22, and 2 Chronicles 34.According to Rabbinic interpretation, Huldah and Deborah were the principal professed prophetesses in the Nevi’im (Prophets) portion of the Hebrew Bible.
Jabez Elihu Miner
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James Gorham I
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John Howland
In the I Book of Chronicles Jabez is a well-respected man (ancestor in the lineage of the kings’ tribe of Judah) whose prayer to God for blessing was answered. Moreover the author paused in this long list to give Jabez a place of honor in the long list of Kings and lineage.
JASIEL Samuel Perry (whom God made ), the last named on the list of David’s heroes in (1 Chronicles 11:47)
Jerijah Elder John Strong 1 Chronicles 26:31- Among the Hebronites was Jerijah the chief, even among the Hebronites, according to the generations of his fathers. In the fortieth year of the reign of David they were sought for, and there were found among them mighty men of valour at Jazer of Gilead.
Jerusha Abraham Estey The wife of King Uzziah. Used by the Puritans and revived somewhat in the 19th century. Means married or a possession in Hebrew.
JOSIAH John LITTLEFIELD
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Eliphalet Foster
King of Judah (641–609 BC) who instituted major reforms. Josiah is credited by most historians with having established or compiled important Jewish scriptures during the Deuteronomic reform that occurred during his rule
KEZIAH John Willey
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Roger Parks
The second of the three daughters born to Job after his sufferings.  The name has been taken to symbolize female equality, since all of Job’s three daughters received an inheritance from their father, an unusual circumstance in a time period when women and men were not treated equally.  The Hebrew meaning of Keziah is “cassia tree”.It’s interesting that Keziah married Elihu Miner, another character out of the Book of Job.
Lemuel Ebenezer Perkins he opening verse of Proverbs 31 reads: “The words of king Lemuel. The vision wherewith his mother instructed him.” The name occurs again in verse 4: “Give not to kings, O Lemuel, give not wine to kings …” The discourse, which is an exhortation to chastityjusticemercy and temperance
Lot Austin Kilham The son of Abraham’s brother Haran.
Mehetable Elihu Miner
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James Gorham I
Modern spelling is Mehetabel (“Whom God benefits” or “God causes good”) was the wife of Hadad, one of the kings of Edom (Genesis 36:39)
Manassah
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MANASSAH
Thomas Miner
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George MORTON
The Tribe of Manasseh (Hebrew – “who makes to forget”) was one of the Tribes of Israel. Together with the Tribe of Ephraim, Manasseh also formed the House of Joseph.
Ozias Jonah Parks Latin.  Modern form is Uzziah.  A king of the ancient Kingdom of Judah, and one of Amaziah’s sons, whom the people appointed to replace his father (2 Kings 14:21; 2 Chronicles 26:1)
Shubael Capt John Gorham A descendant of Gershom son of Moses, was the officer in charge of the treasuries
Zaccheus Hanniel Bosworth Pure and righteous one., A tax collector  at Jericho (Luke 19:1-10).  He arrived before the crowd who were later to meet with Jesus, who was passing through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem.  Zacchaeus climbed up a sycamore fig tree so that he might be able to see Jesus. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up into the branches, addressed Zacchaeus by name, and told him to come down, for he intended to visit his house. The crowd was shocked that Jesus, a Jew, would sully himself by being a guest of a tax collector, who saw them as traitors for working for the Roman Empire.
ZEBULON Richard Estey According to the Books of Genesis and Numbers,the sixth son of Jacob and Leah, and the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Zebulun.
ZERVIA(H) Daniel Johnson
She was one of David’s sister’s. The name means “perfumed” or “balm”

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Virtues
Name Parents Source
Deliverance Elihu Miner
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Jeremiah O’Kelly
DESIRE James Gorham I
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Ebenezer Hawes
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Capt. John Hawes
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John Howland
Experience James Gorham I
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William Baker
Lt. William Clarke

Elder John Strong

Puritans encouraged direct religious experience.
FEAR William BREWSTER
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John CORSER

Fear Brewster was named because at the time of her birth, the Puritans were holding secret meetings and were under constant threat of arrest.
FREEDOM John Kingsley
GRACE Walter Palmer
Hope (female
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HOPE (male)
John Howland
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Robert Williams
Increase (female) Lt. William Clarke
Mercy Edward Bangs
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Capt John Gorham
PATIENCE WAKEFIELD Original Immigrant
PRUDENCE Oliver Perkins
Remember Isaac Allerton
Renewed John Kingsley
Return Elder John Strong
TEMPERANCE Stephen O’Kelly
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Capt John Gorham
Temperance O’Kelly is my favorite ancestor name,  It could be an Irish bar operating during prohibition
THANKFUL James Gorham II
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Ebenezer Hawes
Elder John Strong
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William Chase III
THEOPHILUS
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Theophilus
Hanniel Bosworth
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John Shatswell
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John Griffin
Lover of God
Submit Capt William Clark Jr.
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Benjamin Newcomb

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(Original Immigrant)

Our Family Names in History
Name Parents Source
Edward Everett Miner Selden Miner
Nancy Joshua Polley Derives from the Hebrew name Anna, which means “grace”. It was originally used as a nickname, but began to be used as a proper name from the 18th century onwards
Mark
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MARK BATCHELDER
(Original Immigrant)
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MARK SYMONDS
(Original Immigrant)
Joseph Batcheller
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Joseph Fiske

Apostle
Derived from old Latin “Mart-kos”, which means “consecrated to the god Mars”. Marcus was one of the three most common given names in Ancient Rome
Janet
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JANNETJE ARENTE (Original Immigrant)
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JANNETJE
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Jannetje
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Hendrick Gerritse Van Wie
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Adrianus Franciscusz De LANGET
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Jonas DeLANGE
A female name meaning “Little Joan”. It is a variation of the French proper noun Jeannette, Spanish proper noun Juanita, Russian Жанет (Zhanet) and Hungarian Zsanett and is the diminutive of Jeanne or Jane.
ELLEN Oliver Webber Can be traced back to Ancient Greece, where it translates as “sun-ray, lightness.” Ellen is the 555th most popular name in the U.S. and the 17th in Sweden (2004)
ALEXANDER JOHNSTON
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ALEXANDER
Original Immigrant
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Alexander BALCOM Sr
(Original Immigrant)

Alexander the Great
Etymologically, the name is derived from the Greek “Αλέξανδρος” (Aléxandros), meaning “defending men”  or “protector of men”, a compound of the verb “ἀλέξω” (alexō), “to ward off, to avert, to defend”and the noun “ἀνδρός” (andros), genitive of “ἀνήρ” (anēr), “man”

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Other Unusual Names
Name Father Source
EVERETT
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EVART
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Evert
Everton Harvey Miner
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Evart PELS
(Original Immigrant)
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Jacob AERTSON (Van Wagenen)
It is of Old English origin, and its meaning is “brave, strong boar”
EVERTON Fay Everett Miner Everton is a very uncommon first name, but a fairly common last name (#17,781 out of 88,799). (1990 U.S. Census)
FAY Harvey Latta Miner Fay is an uncommon first name for men, but common for women. It is of Old French origin. Short form of Faith
HORACE William Lewis Blair Latin origin. From Horatius, a Roman family clan name. Late 19th-century use may have been inspired by Roman poet Horace.
ORLANDO Orlando Bagley Sr., (Original Immigrant) Famous land
PHILO Selden Miner Greek origin, and its meaning is “love”. Root of words like “bibliophile” and “philanthropist”, which means “loving others”. Inventor of television, Philo T. Farnsworth.Philo named his son Philo too, but the historical record shows he used his middle name, Sidney.
Royal Lewis B Horton Royal seems to be a family name of Hortons as I have found two other Royal Hortons born about 1800.  However, I still have not made a connection or found Lewis’ father
SELDEN Elihu Miner Selden \s(e)-ldenselden\is a variant of Seldon (Old English), and the meaning of Selden is “willow valley”
Sylvanus James Gorham I
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William Chase III
A variant of Silvanus(Latin), and the meaning of Sylvanus is “woods“.
 TAMZIN  David WING English origin. Short form of Thomasina (Aramaic) “twin”. See also Tammy. Tamzin has 8 variant forms: Tamasin, Tamasine, Tamsen, Tamsine, Tamsinne, Tamsyn, Tamzen and Tamzin.

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Sources:
http://www.thinkbabynames.com/

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2 Responses to Unusual Names

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  2. Sue Langley says:

    Hi, You may want to check out Findagrave and look up Capt. John Mason there… His daughter, Israel…yes, a girl(!), b. 1638 married my relative John Bissell, one of the pioneers of Windsor, CT. Her unusual name is explained there. You’re already related to them both I think. Interesting!

    Findagrave listing:
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=51543525

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