February 8th, 2011

footnotes

shoemoney2night browses genealogy information

After being tickled by the names of 17th century Puritans Praise-God Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone and his son Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon, I did some reading and discovered some more brilliant Puritan names.

A Sussex jury roll from 1650 list includes the names Accepted Trevor, Redeemed Compton, Kill-Sin Pimple, Fly-Fornication Richardson, Search-The-Scriptures Moreton, The-Peace-Of-God Knight, Stand-Fast-On-High Stringer and Fight-The-Good-Fight-Of-Faith White. Some other wonderful Sussex names around this time include Safely-on-High Snat, Mortifie Hicks and the marvellously-named Humiliation Scratcher. And let's not forget Be-Stedfast Elyarde, Faint-not Dighurst, Hew-Agag-in-pieces Robinson, Stand-fast-on-high Stringer, Swear-not-at-all Ireton and Obadiah-bind-their-kings-in-chains-and-their-nobles-in-irons Needham.

All of these are trumped, however, by a Puritan girl who, when asked for her Christian name, replied, "Through-Much-Tribulation-We-Enter-The-Kingdom-Of-Heaven, but for short they call me Tribby."


Context-in-written-words-has-a-few Morenames.