English (Puritan) Submitted Names

These names are a subset of English names that were used more often by the Puritans. See also about Puritan names.
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ABSTINENCEfEnglish (Puritan, Rare)
From the English word abstinence, referring to the act of abstaining from sin. This name was used by the Puritans.
ABUNDANCEfEnglish (Puritan, Rare)
From the English word, ultimately from Latin abundantia "fullness, plenty". This name was used in the 17th century by Puritans, referring to the abundance of God's blessings.
ABUSE-NOTfEnglish (Puritan)
In reference to 1 Corinthians 9:18, "What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my right in the gospel."
ACCEPTEDmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to being accepted into the Kingdom of God.
ACHSAHfBiblical, English (Puritan)
Means "anklet, bangle" in Hebrew (presumably echoic of the click of a moving anklet). In the Old Testament, Achsah is the daughter of Caleb. It has occasionally been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.
ACTS-APOSTLESmEnglish (Puritan)
Combination of two books of the Bible.
ADOREfEnglish (Puritan, Rare)
From the English word "adore" meaning "to love; to worship". From the Latin adoro 'to speak, to pray'.
AGONYmEnglish, English (Puritan)
One of the rarer virtue names introduced by the Puritans, referring to Jesus' agony in the garden of Gethsemane.
AHOLIABmBiblical Hebrew, English (Puritan)
In the Hebrew Bible, Aholiab son of Ahisamakh, of the tribe of Dan, worked under Bezalel as the deputy architect of the Tabernacle and the implements which it housed, including the Ark of the Covenant... [more]
AID-ON-HIGHmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to our aid coming from God.
AMINADABmMormon (Rare), English (Puritan), Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From Hebrew meaning, "my kinsmen are noble." According to the genealogies of Genesis, he was born of Ram (also known as Aram) during the Israelite exile in Ancient Egypt. He was the father of Nahshon, chief of the tribe of Judah (Numbers 1:7; 2:3; 7:12, 17; 10:14)... [more]
ANTIPASmBiblical, English (Puritan)
Form of Antipatros (see Antipater).
APHRAHf & mEnglish, English (Puritan)
From the biblical place Aphrah in the Book of Micah, meaning "dust." This name was used by Puritans, but has since become rare.
APPROVEDm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Archaic meaning is, "to prove; show."
ASHAELmEnglish (Puritan)
Puritan variant of Asahel.
ASHESmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the story of Job and/or the phrase "dust to dust, ashes to ashes." Considered the "vulgar tongue" variant of Aphrah.
ASSURANCEmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "a positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise." Referencing the promises of God in the Bible.
ATPEACEf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning "at peace."
AZALIAHm & fBiblical, English (Puritan, Rare)
English form of Atsalyahu via its latinized form Aslia. This was the name of a character from the Old Testament, who appeared in 2 Kings 22:3 (also known as 4 Kings 22:3). He was a son of Meshullam and was himself the father of Shaphan the scribe.... [more]
BARABASmHebrew (Rare), Literature, English (Puritan), Biblical
Variant form of Barabbas. In literature, this is the name of the main character in Christopher Marlowe's play "The Jew of Malta".
BARTELOTmMedieval English, English (Puritan)
Diminutive of Bartholomew. Precursor to the surname Bartlett.
BARZILLAf & mAmerican, English (Puritan)
Variant of Barzillai. In the United States it was introduced by the Puritans as a masculine name, and first (?) used for girls in the mid-18th century.
BATmEnglish, Medieval English, English (Puritan)
Diminutive of Bartholomew. A famous bearer was Bat Masterson, famed sheriff of Dodge City, Kansas.
BATTALIONmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "a large, organized group of people pursuing a common aim or sharing a major undertaking." Referring to the army of God (believers).
BE-COURTEOUSmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Ephesians 4:32, "And be ye courteous to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
BE-FAITHFULm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Revelation 2:10, "Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."
BELIEFmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something."
BELIEVEf & mAmerican (Rare), English (Puritan)
From the English word believe, "To exercise belief in; to credit upon the authority or testimony of another; to be persuaded of the truth of, upon evidence furnished by reasons, arguments, and deductions of the mind, or by circumstances other than personal knowledge; to regard or accept as true; to place confidence in; to think; to consider; as, to believe a person, a statement, or a doctrine."
BELOVEDf & mEnglish (Puritan), Literature
Meaning, "dearly loved."
BE-STEADFASTmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to being steadfast in one's faith.
BE-STRONGfEnglish (Puritan)
Referencing being strong despite trials and tribulations.
BE-THANKFULfEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to being thankful for God's blessings.
BEZALEELmHebrew (Anglicized), English (Puritan)
Anglicized form of Hebrew Betsalel, meaning "in the shadow." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Uri who was one of the architects of the tabernacle, and the name of an Israelite.
BLESSEDf & mEnglish (Puritan), African
From the English word "blessed" meaning "having divine aid, or protection, or other blessing; held in veneration; revered", ultimately from Old English blētsian, blēdsian "to consecrate (with blood)".
BLESSINGf & mPuritan, English (Puritan)
From the English word blessing meaning "gift from God". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans around the 17th century.
BREAD-OF-LIFEmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the word of God as the only thing required for subsistence.
CALLEDm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "to summon." Referring to the calling to the work of God.
CALYBUTEmEnglish (Puritan)
In the case of Calybute Downing, his name appears to be a slight variation of his grandmother's maiden name, Calybut.
CAPABILITYmEnglish (Puritan)
From the English word, ultimately from Latin capabilis "able to take, able to understand".
CHANGEDfEnglish (Puritan, Rare)
Used in reference to a "change of heart."
CHERUBINm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Cherubin, or angels.
CONFIDENCEfEnglish (Puritan), South African
Meaning, "the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust." Referring to the confidence one may have in God.
CONSIDERm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Possibly referring to Hebrews 10:24, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works" or Matthew 6:28, "And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin."
CONSTANCYm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "the quality of being faithful and dependable." Referring to the constancy of God in one's life.
CONTEMPLATIONm & fEnglish (Puritan), Medieval English
Meaning, "deep, reflective thought." Referring to contemplation of the Biblical teachings.
CONTENTm & fEnglish (Puritan)
From the English word, meaning "in a state of peaceful happiness", ultimately from Latin contentus meaning "satisfied".
CONTINENTmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to a child born in the new continent (America).
COTTONmEnglish (Puritan)
Transferred use of the surname Cotton.
DAMNEDmEnglish (Puritan)
Diminutive of If-Christ-had-not-died-for-thee-thou-hadst-been-damned. Meaning, "condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell."
DELIVERANCEfEnglish (Puritan)
From the English word deliverance meaning "action of setting free" in physical or spiritual senses. An especially common name given in regard to the perils of child birth.
DELIVERYm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to being delivered from evil.
DEPENDmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "to rely on." Referring to our dependence on God.
DEPENDANCEmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to one's dependance on God.
DESIREf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Derived from Latin desidero "to long for; to wish for; to desire" (via Old French desir). This name was first used in the 16th century by the Puritans, probably with the intended meaning of "desire the Lord"... [more]
DIE-WELLmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to living, and ultimately dying, a godly life.
DIFFIDENCEfEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "modesty or shyness resulting from a lack of self-confidence."
DILIGENCEf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "careful and persistent work or effort."
DISCIPLINEmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience." Referring to Hebrews 12:11.
DISCRETIONfEnglish (Puritan), Literature
Used in reference to Proverbs 2:11, "Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee."
DIVINE-AUTHORITYmEnglish (Puritan)
derived from the authority of God, referring to the Scripture. Popular with Puritans
DO-GOODmEnglish (Puritan, Rare)
An exhortatory puritanical name, hence it is very rarely seen.
DONATIONmSouth African, English (Puritan)
From the word donation, meaning "an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution."
DO-RIGHTmEnglish (Puritan)
An exhortatory puritanical name, thus rarely used. See Do-Good.
DO-WELLmEnglish (Puritan)
An exhortatory puritanical name, hence it is used rarely. See also Do-Good.
DUSTmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the body returning to the earth, as in the phrase "dust to dust, ashes to ashes."
EARTHf & mEnglish (Rare), English (Puritan)
From the English word earth, referring to the planet, the soil, or the alchemical element. Ultimately from Old English eorthe.
ELECTEDmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the Doctrine of Election.
ELEPHm & fBiblical (Rare, Archaic), English (Puritan)
Meaning, "the ox." A place in the lot of Benjamin not far from Jerusalem (Joshua 18:28). The name is omitted by Septuagint, unless, indeed, it is combined with that of Zelah. It may be identical with Lifta, a village W. of Jerusalem.
ELI-LAMA-SABACHTHANImEnglish (Puritan)
A name likely derived from the Biblical phrase, "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?' that is to say, 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?'" in Matthew 27:46
ENDUREm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Menaing, "to suffer patiently." Referring to enduring the trials and tribulations of life.
EXERCISEfEnglish (Puritan)
Simply from the English word exercise, occasionally used as a given name in early New England. The only biblical text upon which it can be based is I Timothy 4:7, "Exercise thyself rather unto godliness."
EXPERIENCEm & fEnglish (Puritan, Rare), Literature
From the English word "experience", from the Latin experientia, from experīrī meaning "to try, test". A name occasionally used by Puritans.
FAINT-NOTf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Galatians 6:9, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
FAITHFULm & fEnglish (Archaic), English (Puritan), Literature, Nigerian
Virtue name meaning "loyal" or "having faith (in God)" that has been in use since the 16th century, initally mostly for boys, later also for girls.... [more]
FAITH-MY-JOYfEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the joy of faith in God. Also, derived from the Purefoy motto, 'Pure Foi ma Joi' meaning "pure faith is my joy."
FAVORfEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "to feel or show preference for someone or something."
FAVOURfEnglish (Puritan), African, Nigerian
Meaning, "to feel or show preference for someone or something."
FEARmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to reverance toward God.
FEARE-GODmEnglish (Puritan)
Used in reference to the reverence one must have toward God.
FEAR-GODmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to a reverence toward God.
FEARINGmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to reverencing God.
FEAR-NOTm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Isaiah 41:10, "Fear not for I am with you."
FEAR-THE-LORDmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the reverence of God.
FIDELITYm & fEnglish (Puritan)
From the English word fidelity, ultimately from the Latin word fidelis, a derivative of fidere "to trust". This is one of the virtue names coined by the Puritans in the 17th century.
FIGHT-THE-GOOD-FIGHT-OF-FAITHm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the trials and tribulations one might endure while living out faith in God.
FLEE-DEBATEmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to staying away from argument.
FLEE-FORNICATIONmEnglish (Puritan)
Name given to 'bastard' children.
FLYE-DEBATEmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to fleeing from argument.
FORSAKENmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "abandoned; deserted." Name given to 'bastard' children.
FREE-GIFTm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the free gift of salvation.
FRIDAYm & fLiterature, English (Rare), African American, English (Puritan)
From the English word for the 5th day of the week, which is derived from the Old English frigedæg, in honor of the Norse love goddess, Frigg. Friday is generally the last workday of the buisness week and seen as a day of relief... [more]
FROM-ABOVEm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to something coming from God.
GIANT-DESPAIRmEnglish (Puritan), Literature
Character in Pilgrim's Progress.
GIFTf & mEnglish (Puritan), English (African, Rare)
From the English word "gift", ultimately from Old Norse. A rare Puritan virtue name.
GIVENf & mEnglish (Puritan), African
From the English word given, meaning "A condition that is assumed to be true without further evaluation.".... [more]
GIVE-THANKSm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to giving thanks to God.
GOD-HELPm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to a prayer for help if the life of the child or mother was endangered.
GODLYf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to being in a state of grace, i.e. "godly."
GODLYEmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "religious or pious."
GOOD-GIFTmEnglish (Puritan, Rare)
Referring to James 1:17, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
GOOD-WORKmEnglish (Puritan)
An exhortatory puritanical name, thus rarely used.
GRACEFULfEnglish (Puritan)
The physical characteristic of displaying "pretty agility", in the form of elegant movement, poise, or balance. The etymological root of grace is the Latin word gratia from gratus, meaning "pleasing."
GRACIOUSm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "showing divine grace." Referring to Psalm 145:8, "The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy."
HAGGASmEnglish (Puritan)
Puritanical variation of Haggai.
HAMATHmEnglish (Puritan)
The word signifies a defense or citadel, and such designation was very suitable for this chief royal city of the Hittites, situated between their northern and southern capitals, Carchemish and Kadesh, on a gigantic mound beside the Orontes... [more]
HANDMAIDfEnglish (Puritan)
Possibly referring to, in the Hebrew Bible, the term handmaid applied to a female slave who serves her mistress, as in the case of Hagar being described as Sarai's handmaid.
HARIPHmBiblical, English (Puritan), Medieval English
From the root harap with multiple meanings. The masculine noun חרף (horep), literally meaning a (fruit-)gathering; used only in the sense of harvest or harvest time (Genesis 8:22), and subsequently to denote the season of autumn or winter (the season which contains the Hebrew ninth month, which is our November to December — Jeremiah 36:22)... [more]
HATE-EVILfEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Psalm 97:10, "Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked."
HAVE-MERCYf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to a prayer for mercy if the life of the child or mother was endangered.
HEARSAYmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "information received from other people that one cannot adequately substantiate; rumor." Referring to the sin of gossip.
HEAVENLY-MINDmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to keeping your mind toward heavenly things.
HELPLESSm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "unable to defend oneself or to act without help." Referring to the helplessness of man without God.
HELP-ON-HIGHmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the help we receive from God.
HONESTm & fEnglish (Puritan), African
From the English word meaning "honorable, virtuous". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans around the 17th century.
HONESTYfEnglish (Puritan)
From the English word "honesty" referring to "fairness and truthfulness". Also the name of a plant with purple flowers, Lunaria annua, also known as 'money plant'. Ultimately from Latin honōrāre 'honor, repute'.
HOPE-FORm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Possible variant of Hope-Still and Waitstill.
HOPEFULf & mEnglish (Puritan), Literature
Meaning, "feeling or inspiring optimism about a future event." Referring to the hope in Christ for eternal life.
HOPE-STILLf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Variant of the name Waitstill
HUMANITYf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "humaneness; benevolence."
HUMBLEmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to James 4:10, "humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up."
HUMILIATIONm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "the abasement of pride." Referring to the humility one must have before God.
HUMILITYfEnglish (Puritan), Medieval English
Directly taken from the English word, ultimately from Latin humilitas "humbleness; meekness".
IF-JESUS-CHRIST-HAD-NOT-DIED-FOR-THEE-THOU-HADST-BEEN-DAMNEDmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning "If Jesus Christ had not died for your sins, you shall be confined to damnation.".... [more]
IMAGINATIONm & fEnglish (Puritan), Medieval English
Referring to the puritan fear of the imagination and its ability to have free reign beyond scripture.
INCREASEm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Derives from Middle English 'encrease' with the meaning "to turn greater in number". A famous bearer was Increase Mather, the president of Harvard University in 1685, who was a Puritan minister involved with the Salem witch trials... [more]
INCREASEDf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the Biblical command to increase in number.
INDEPENDENCEfEnglish (Puritan)
Means "freedom from control or influence". Used much more commonly during the times of the pilgrims (Puritans) who settled in New England in America. The name was used to commemorate independence from British rule and laws then, and perhaps after the American Revolution in 1776 as well.
INWARDmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Psalm 51:6, "Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom."
JACKCOCKmEnglish (Puritan)
Diminutive of John. Transferred use to the surname Jacox in modern times.
JEDUTHANmBiblical, English (Puritan), Biblical Hebrew
Meaning, "praising." Jeduthun was one of the chiefs of the temple choir during the time of David. Jeduthun belonged to the Merari family of the tribe of Levi. He is considered to be the same person as Ethan... [more]
JENKINm & fEnglish (Puritan), Medieval English
Diminutive of John as well as a diminutive of Sybil.
JESUS-CHRIST-CAME-INTO-THE-WORLD-TO-SAVEmEnglish (Puritan)
Referencing 1 Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."
JOBEmEnglish (Australian), English (Puritan)
English surname used as a first name, most likely derived from the name Job. Famous namesakes includes Australian Rules football star Jobe Watson, and soccer player Jobe Wheelhouse.... [more]
JOB-RAKT-OUT-OF-THE-ASHESmEnglish (Puritan)
Referencing the book of Job in the Christian Bible, particularly Job 2:8.
JOB-RAKT-OUT-OF-THE-ASSHESmEnglish (Puritan, Rare)
A unique name, borne by a child born in the alleyway of a village and said to "laide in a heape of seacole asshes." See also Ashes, a more common form of the name, also referring to the story of Job and/or "dust to dust, ashes to ashes."
JOY-AGAINfEnglish (Puritan)
Referencing a birth after a previous loss.
JOY-AGAINEm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Given to a child after a pregnancy or infant loss.
JOY-IN-SORROWfEnglish (Puritan)
A name given to children born to mother's who died during or after childbirth.
JUBILATIONf & mPopular Culture, English (Puritan, Rare)
From Old French jubilacion meaning "jubilation, rejoicing" and directly from the Latin jubilationem (nominative jubilatio, noun of action from past participle stem of jubilare, meaning "to shout or sing out joyfully." ... [more]
JUDAS-NOT-ISCARIOTmEnglish (Puritan)
Used by Puritans who desired the name Judas but did not want it associated with the betrayer of Christ, Judas Iscariot.
KILL-SINmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Leviticus 14:13, "And he shall slay the lamb in the place where he shall kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the holy place: for as the sin offering is the priest's, so is the trespass offering: it is most holy:"
KNOWLEDGEf & mEnglish (Puritan), Literature, Muslim, Southern African
From the English word "knowledge" meaning "the fact of knowing about something; general understanding or familiarity with a subject, place, situation etc".... [more]
LAMENTfEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "a passionate expression of grief or sorrow." Referring to being sorry for sin. Name given to 'bastard' children.
LAMENTATIONSmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to having sorrow for sin. Name given to 'bastard' children.
LEARN-WISDOMfEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Proverbs 1:2, "To learn wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;"
LEARN-WYSDOMEfEnglish (Puritan)
Used in reference to the many entries about wisdom in the Bible.
LECHERYm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "excessive or offensive sexual desire; lustfulness." A puritanical name used as a warning.
LIFEf & mEnglish (Puritan, Rare)
Directly taken from the English word life.... [more]
LIVELYm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "Full of life, energy." Referring to spiritual manifestations.
LIVE-WELLmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to living a godly life.
LOVEJOYf & mEnglish (Puritan)
A combination of LOVE and JOY, which likely originated as a given name with the Puritans.
LOYALm & fEnglish (Puritan)
From the English word "loyal" meaning "firm in allegiance, faithful, to a person, cause, or institution". From the Old French loial, leal, from the Latin lēgālis 'legal, law'.
LOYALTYf & mEnglish (Puritan)
From the English word "loyalty" meaning "the state of being loyal".
MAGNIFYm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "to extol; glorify." Referring to the magnification of the name of God.
MAGNYFYEmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "extol; glorify." Referring to magnifying the name of the Lord.
MAHERSHALALHASHBAZmBiblical, Hebrew, English (Puritan)
From the Hebrew name מַהֵר שָׁלָל חָשׁ בַּז (Maher-shalal-hash-baz) which is variously interpreted as meaning "quick to plunder and swift to spoil" or "he has made haste to the plunder!" It is a prophetic name or title which occurs in Isaiah 8:1 in the Old Testament and is a reference to the impending plunder of Samaria and Damascus by the king of Assyria.... [more]
MEEKf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive." Referring to Matthew 5:5.
MERCIFULm & fEnglish (Puritan), Literature
Meaning, "showing or exercising mercy."
MERIBAHf & mEnglish (Puritan)
From an Old Testament place name meaning "quarreling, strife, contention" in Hebrew. This occurs in the Old Testament belonging to one of the locations visited by the Israelites following their exodus from Egypt.
MILCOMmBiblical, Near Eastern Mythology, English (Puritan)
In the Old Testament, Milcom was the highest of the Ammonite gods. It is generally accepted that this name is a form of the common Semitic noun meaning "king" (Hebrew melek), and became an epithet of the head of the Ammonite pantheon... [more]
MINDWELLf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Used in reference to the scripture, “A silent and louing woman is a gift of the Lord, and there is nothing so much worth, as a mind well instructed.”
MITTYfEnglish (Puritan), English
Diminutive of names such as Mehitabel and Submit.
MORE-FRUITm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the fruit of the Holy Spirit and/or increasing in number.
MOREOVERmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Luke 16:21.
MUCH-MERCYfEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the overwhelming mercy of God.
MY-SAKEm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to Matthew 5:11, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner. of evil against you falsely, for my sake."
NAZARETHf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Biblical place name, now an Arabic city in northern Israel. In the New Testament it is referred to as the home town of Jesus Christ, and is used as one of his titles: Jesus of Nazareth. The meaning is uncertain; it may be from Hebrew neser, meaning "branch", or Hebrew nasar, meaning "watch, guard, keep".
NO-MERITmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to undeserved mercies from God.
OBED-EDOMmEnglish (Puritan), Biblical
Means "servant of Edom". This is the name of several minor characters in the Bible.
OBEDIENCEfEnglish (Puritan)
From the English word obedience, the act of obeying. This name was used by the Puritans.
OBEYm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "behave in accordance with (a general principle, natural law, etc.)." Referring to fearing and obeying God.
PATIENTf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious." See also Patience.
PEACEABLEmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "free from argument or conflict; peaceful."
PENTECOSTf & mEnglish (Puritan, Archaic)
From the name of the Christian festival which commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the apostles, celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter, ultimately deriving from Greek pentekoste (hemera) "fiftieth (day)"... [more]
PERSECUTIONmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs."
PHARAOHmEnglish, English (Puritan)
Pharaoh is a title used in many modern discussions of the rulers of all Ancient Egyptian dynasties. Historically, however, "pharaoh" only started being used as a title for the king during the New Kingdom, specifically during the middle of the eighteenth dynasty, after the reign of Hatshepsut... [more]
PHENNANAfBiblical Greek, English (Puritan)
Hellenized form of Peninnah, appearing in the Septuagint. Also see Phenenna.
PHILLIPSmEnglish (Puritan)
Derived from an English surname.
PILATEmBiblical, English (Puritan), English (African, Rare)
English form of the Roman cognomen Pilatus, which meant "armed with a javelin" from Latin pila "javelin". This was most famously borne by Pontius Pilate, the prefect of the Roman province of Judaea ca... [more]
PILGRIMmEnglish (Rare, Archaic), English (Puritan)
Found as a given name from the 16th century onwards, Pilgrim was first used by the Puritans in reference to someone undertaking a religious pilgrimage. Later, however, it became a transferred use of the surname Pilgrim.
PLACIDIAfEnglish (Puritan), African, Ancient Roman
Comes from the word placid meaning 'calm' and 'peaceful'.
PLEASANTf & mEnglish (Puritan, Rare)
Directly taken from the English word, which is derived from Anglo-Norman plaisant "delightful" and ultimately from Latin placens "pleasing; agreeable".... [more]
POTTERmEnglish, English (Puritan)
Transferred use of the surname Potter.
PRAISE-GODmEnglish (Puritan)
Used in reference to giving God glory.
PRAYmEnglish (Puritan)
English Puritan name meaning 'to pray'.
PRESERVEDm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Name given to a child when spared from certain death during childbirth.
PRIDEfEnglish (Puritan, Modern)
Referring to "pride cometh before the fall."
PROMISEfEnglish (Puritan), English (British)
From the English word promise, meaning "a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc." Comes from the Latin promittere, literally meaning "to send forth."
PROVERBm & fEnglish (Puritan), African
Referring to the book of Proverbs in the Bible.
PROVIDENCEfEnglish (Puritan)
Derived from the word meaning "divine direction" or "foresight". This is a virtue name which is pretty standard.
PSALMm & fEnglish (Puritan), Popular Culture
Referring to the book of Psalms in the Bible.
PURIFIEm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "to make ceremonially clean." Referring to being purified from sin through Christ's death and resurrection.
PURIFYmEnglish (Puritan)
Used in reference to purification from sin.
RAMOTH-GILEADmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning "heights of Gilead," it was a Levitical city and city of refuge east of the Jordan river in the Hebrew Bible, also called "Ramoth in Gilead" (Deuteronomy 4:43; Joshua 20:8; 21:38) or "Ramoth Galaad" in the Douay-Rheims Bible... [more]
REASONm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Puritanical name.
REDEEMEDm & fEnglish (Puritan, Anglicized)
Meaning, "compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something)." Referring to being redeemed from sin. See also Redemptus, the Latinized variation used by Puritans prior to evolving to the use of the Anglicized variation.
REFORMATIONm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the protestant reformation and/or the reformation of the heart.
REFRAINfEnglish (Archaic), English (Puritan)
From the English word refrain meaning "restrain, repress", which ultimately derives from Latin refrenare "bridle, hold in with a bit". This was one of the rarer virtue names adopted by the Puritans, akin to the more popular Temperance.
REFRAYNEfEnglish (Puritan)
Used in reference to refraining from sin.
REGARDmEnglish (Puritan)
In addition to the puritan usage, it has also seen usage as a diminutive of Beauregard.
REJOICEfZimbabwe, English (Puritan)
Meaning, "feel or show great joy or delight."
REJOYCEf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Unaware of the puritanical history of the name, modern users tend to consider it an alternate spelling of Rejoice influenced by the name Joyce.
RELIANCEm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "dependence on or trust in someone or something." Referring to one's reliance on God.
RELICTAfEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to relinquishing.
RELIEFfEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the relief of Christ.
REMARKABLEmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "worthy of attention; striking."
REMEMBERf & mEnglish, English (Puritan)
From the English word "remember", ultimately from the Latin rememorārī, to remember again, containing the root memor, mindful. A rare Puritan virtue name.
REMEMBRANCEfEnglish, English (Puritan)
ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French remembrer, from late Latin rememorari ‘call to mind,’ from re- (expressing intensive force) + Latin memor ‘mindful.... [more]
RENEWEDf & mEnglish (Puritan, Anglicized)
Referring to being "born again." See also Renata, the Latinized form originally used by Puritans before switching to the Anglicized variant.
REPENTm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin." Name given to 'bastard' children.
REPENTANCEf & mEnglish (Puritan), Romani
Meaning, " the activity of reviewing one's actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs." Referring to being sorry for one's sins. Name given to 'bastard' children.
REPLENISHfEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "restore (a stock or supply of something) to the former level or condition." Referring to replenishing of the soul or to the Biblical command to multiply and replenish the earth.
RESOLUTEmEnglish (Puritan)
From the English word resolute meaning "determined, unwavering".
RESOLVEDmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "firmly determined to do something."
RESTOREm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position." Referring to a restoration of faith.
RESTRAINTmEnglish (Puritan)
Meaning, "unemotional, dispassionate, or moderate behavior; self-control."
RETURNmEnglish (Puritan, Rare, Archaic)
From the English word meaning "to come back" (itself from Old French re- "back" and torner "to turn"), which was given to a boy born in 1708 in Guilford, Connecticut, supposedly in memory of an incident from his parents' courtship; it is popularly claimed that his mother, Hannah Willard (1674-1749) - after repeatedly rejecting his father, Janna Meigs (1672-1739) - finally relented, crying to him as he rode away "Return, Janna, return!" The name has since been borne by more than a dozen of Return Meigs' descendants, including his son, Return Jonathan Meigs (1740-1823), and grandson, Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr... [more]
RETURNEmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to our bodies returning to the earth.
REVOLTmEnglish (Puritan)
Derived from the English noun revolt, which is a term used to refer to an act of rebellion. This word was used as a given name by Puritans who had arrived in what is nowadays the United States of America.
RICHESmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the spiritual riches found in faith in God.
RIZENmEnglish (Puritan)
My husband has a forefather whose first name was Rizen. As I didn't see this in your list of virtue names, I'm adding it.
SABBATHf & mEnglish (Puritan, Rare), Literature
From the word "sabbath," referring to the day of rest (Saturday).
SAFE-DELIVERANCEm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to being delivered from evil by God.
SAFE-ON-HIGHm & fEnglish (Puritan)
A name given to children when expected that they would die, in reference to being safe with God in heaven.
SAFE-ON-HIGHEmEnglish (Puritan)
Often given to children expected to perish. References the safety of a child in Heaven versus earth.
SEABORNmEnglish (Puritan)
Forename given to children born at sea.
SEA-MERCYmEnglish (Puritan)
Possibly given to a child who was spared during a sea journey.
SEARCH-THE-SCRIPTURESm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to John 5:39, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."
SEHONmEnglish (Puritan)
The name of the king of the Ammorites in the Bible.
SERAPHIMmEnglish, Greek, English (Puritan)
Directly from the biblical word seraphim which meant "fiery ones" from Hebrew and referred to an order of angels described in the Book of Isaiah (see Seraphina). A famous bearer of the name was Saint Seraphim of Sarov, a 19th-century Russian mystic, in whose case his name was an anglicization of his actual name Serafim.
SIDRACHmEnglish (Puritan)
Possibly a variation of either Cedric or Shadrach.
SILENCEf & mEnglish (Archaic), English (Puritan)
Simply from the English word silence. A popular virtue name amongst the Puritans in the 17th century, it was usually given to girls (very occasionally to boys), ultimately taken from the admonition of Saint Paul: "Let the women learn in silence, with all subjection." Translated into Latin it became Tace, which "in its turn developed into Tacey"... [more]
SILLm & fEnglish (Puritan)
Diminutive of Silence and Sybil.
SINCEREm & fEnglish (Puritan), Literature
Simply means "sincere, open and genuine" from the English word, ultimately derived from Latin sincerus 'sound, pure, whole'.
SIN-DENYfEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to the refusal to sin.
SIN-DENYEf & mEnglish (Puritan)
Used in reference to denying sin and turning to God.
SIRSmEnglish (Puritan)
Referring to "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"