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Subject: Re: significance of christian names
Author: ClaudiaS   (Authenticated as ClaudiaS)
Date: June 16, 2011 at 6:19:35 AM
Reply to: significance of christian names by pejic
There are a couple of biblical names which have such a story associated with them, and people in the 17th and 18th c. would have been familiar with the stories.

Isaac was born in extreme old age to a woman with no other children.

Samuel was born to a woman who was unable to have children for many years and prayed continually for a son.

Though I can't answer your usage questions, I can tell you that even today, devout Christian parents who have a son in one of those circumstances very often choose those names. I know several.

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