The Jewish Pilgrim Conundrum
Our family is half Jewish, half came-over-on-the-Mayflower-American. With our first born, just for fun, we decided that a naming starting place would be names held by Pilgrims (broadly defined as those who came over on the Mayflower and the subsequent four or five ships, plus the first generation of their children) that also come from Hebrew or are in the Hebrew Bible. Obviously we don't feel bound by this rule, and if it produced names that we didn't like, we would scrap the whole thing. But it turned out to be quite our style. We're finding out the sex this week, and I would like to have a definite boy and girl name so that I feel attached to whichever it is. As of now, we have Nathaniel for a boy. Trying to decide between Hannah and Susannah for a girl. They have almost the same sound, but they are very different in popularity (Hannah near the top of the list, and Susannah only briefly breaking into the top 1000, although the more popular spelling, Susanna, was in the top 1000 for much longer and fell off recently). I think one of us is leaning towards Hannah and one towards Susannah. I don't think we can go wrong either way.
Other choices that fall into our guidelines are Abigail, Deborah, Elisha, Esther, Judith, Rebecca, Ruth, and Sarah. Of those, I like Abigail best, but I might save it if we have more than one daughter.
Thu, 12/27/2012 - 6:54pm