So here’s the question that every mother and father ask themselves: what to name that bundle of love?
Nowadays, many parents name their kids after their favorite celebrity, but the Puritans had a rather different set of criteria. The late F. F. Bruce has an interesting little article on this subject in A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature, 532-35.
For example, they used to name their daughters after one of the theological virtues like Faith, Hope, Charity, Grace, Patience, & Prudence.
Quite a contrast to Paris Hilton.
The boys were frequently given OT names, and I don’t just mean vanilla gray names like Sam and Dave, but more colorful names like Shadrach, Abimelech, and Zerubbabel.
When was the last time you heard of a boy by the name of Zerubabbel?
Has a nice alliterative rhythm, don’t you think?
But the Puritans could get a good deal more creative with hyphenated names like Flee-fornication Andrews and Jesus-Christ-came-into-the-world-to-save Barebone.
No, I didn’t make that up.
Don’t you think Flee-fornication would be an excellent name for your teenage son?
Oh, and here’s my personal favorite: Hew-Agag-in-Pieces Robinson.
Just the thing to intimidate the schoolyard bully.