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ABUNDANCE f English (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-NOT f English (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."
ACHSAH f Biblical, 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.
AMINADAB m Mormon (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]
APHRAH f & m English, 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.
ASHES m English (Puritan)
Referring to the story of Job and/or the phrase "dust to dust, ashes to ashes." Considered the "vulgar tongue" variant of APHRAH
ASSURANCE m English (Puritan)
Meaning, "a positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise." Referencing the promises of God in the Bible.
BATTALION m English (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-COURTEOUS m English (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-FAITHFUL m & f English (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."
BELIEVE f & m American (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."
BEZALEEL m Hebrew (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.
BLESSED f & m English (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
"to consecrate (with blood)".
BLESSING f & m 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.
CALYBUTE m English (Puritan)
In the case of Calybute Downing, his name appears to be a slight variation of his grandmother's maiden name, Calybut.
CONSIDER m & f English (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."
CONSTANCY m & f English (Puritan)
Meaning, "the quality of being faithful and dependable." Referring to the constancy of God in one's life.
CONTENT m & f English (Puritan)
From the English word, meaning "in a state of peaceful happiness", ultimately from Latin contentus
DELIVERANCE f English (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.
DESIRE f & m English (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]
DISCIPLINE m English (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.
DUST m English (Puritan)
Referring to the body returning to the earth, as in the phrase "dust to dust, ashes to ashes."
ELEPH m & f Biblical (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-SABACHTHANI m English (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
ENDURE m & f English (Puritan)
Menaing, "to suffer patiently." Referring to enduring the trials and tribulations of life.
EXERCISE f English (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."
FAINT-NOT f & m English (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."
FAITH-MY-JOY f English (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."
FIDELITY m & f English (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.
FREEDOM m & f English (Puritan)
From Old English frēodōm,
used in reference to the Biblical verse 2 Corinthians 3:17, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." The name found a resurgence in usage during the American centennial of 1876 and bicentennial of 1976.
GOOD-GIFT m English (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."
GRACEFUL f English (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
, meaning "pleasing."
GRACIOUS m & f English (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."
HAMATH m English (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]
HANDMAID f English (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.
HARIPH m Biblical, 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-EVIL f English (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."
HEARSAY m English (Puritan)
Meaning, "information received from other people that one cannot adequately substantiate; rumor." Referring to the sin of gossip.
HELPLESS m & f English (Puritan)
Meaning, "unable to defend oneself or to act without help." Referring to the helplessness of man without God.
HONEST m & f English (Puritan), African
From the English word meaning "honorable, virtuous". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans around the 17th century.
HONESTY f English (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
INCREASE m & f English (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]
INDEPENDENCE f English (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.
INWARD m English (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."
JEDUTHAN m Biblical, 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]
JUBILATION f & m Popular Culture, English (Puritan, Rare)
From Old French jubilacion
meaning "jubilation, rejoicing" and directly from the Latin jubilationem
, noun of action from past participle stem of jubilare
, meaning "to shout or sing out joyfully." ... [more]
KILL-SIN m English (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:"
LAMENT f English (Puritan)
Meaning, "a passionate expression of grief or sorrow." Referring to being sorry for sin. Name given to 'bastard' children.
LAMENTATIONS m English (Puritan)
From the Old Testament book, a translation of Hebrew אֵיכָה
. Referring to having sorrow for sin. Name given to 'bastard' children.
LECHERY m & f English (Puritan)
Meaning, "excessive or offensive sexual desire; lustfulness." A puritanical name used as a warning.
LOYAL m & f English (Puritan)
From the English word "loyal" meaning "firm in allegiance, faithful, to a person, cause, or institution". From the Old French loial
, from the Latin lēgālis
MAHERSHALALHASHBAZ m Biblical, 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]
MEEK f & m English (Puritan)
Meaning, "quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive." Referring to Matthew 5:5.
MERIBAH f & m English (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.
MILCOM m Biblical, 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]
MINDWELL f & m English (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.”
MY-SAKE m & f English (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."
NAZARETH f & m English (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".
OBEY m & f English (Puritan)
Meaning, "behave in accordance with (a general principle, natural law, etc.)." Referring to fearing and obeying God.
PENTECOST f & m English (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]
PILGRIM m English (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
PLEASANT f & m English (Puritan, Rare)
Directly taken from the English word, which is derived from Anglo-Norman plaisant
"delightful" and ultimately from Latin placens
"pleasing; agreeable".... [more]
PROMISE f English (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."
PROVIDENCE f English (Puritan)
Derived from the word meaning "divine direction" or "foresight". This is a virtue name which is pretty standard.
PURIFIE m & f English (Puritan)
Meaning, "to make ceremonially clean." Referring to being purified from sin through Christ's death and resurrection.
RAMOTH-GILEAD m English (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]
REDEEMED m & f English (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.
REFRAIN f English (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
RELIANCE m & f English (Puritan)
Meaning, "dependence on or trust in someone or something." Referring to one's reliance on God.
REMEMBER f & m English, 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.
REMEMBRANCE f English, 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]
REPENT m & f English (Puritan)
Meaning, "feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin." Name given to 'bastard' children.
REPENTANCE f & m English (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.
REPLENISH f English (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.
RESTORE m & f English (Puritan)
Meaning, "return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position." Referring to a restoration of faith.
RETURN m English (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]
REVOLT m English (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.
RIZEN m English (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.
SILENCE f & m English (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