The newly formed Protestant denominations held varied beliefs, but all of them rejected the authority of the Pope and generally put more emphasis on the teachings of the Bible. This had a profound effect on given names in regions where Protestantism took hold, notably in England. Names of saints fell out of favour, and, with the increased focus on scripture, names appearing in the Bible came into fashion.
In England, the pious Puritans took things further. Names from the Old Testament, which had been rarely used in the Middle Ages, became common in the 17th century. The Puritans also began the practice of using vocabulary words for names, such as Faith and Hope.
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