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February 11, 2013 04:23 PM

Amelia, Joanna, Charlotte, Ruthie, Olivia, Emma, Lucy, Abigail, Violet, Sophie/a

January 30, 2013 08:10 PM

When I saw the subject line, I immediately thought James, so am glad to see it on your list.  That would be my first choice.  Other options could be Francis, Henry, Max, Noah, Benjamin, Louis?

January 14, 2013 08:10 PM

Well, it is for me, but I grew up in MA, where Irish Catholics were the majority, and Margaret/Maggie/Margo strike me as Irish.  So I have a very Catholic association with the name.  That said, I wouldn't really blink if I met a Jewish Maggie.  Jews are named all kinds of things these days, not just Rachel and Sarah, etc.  I wouldn't let it stop you.  Though you might consider Miriam if you like the sound of Margaret.  Or choose a Hebrew middle.  Margaret Ruth sounds lovely to me.

December 30, 2012 01:00 PM

Even though we didn't quite decide, the point is mute, since it's a Nathaniel in there!  Anyone have any random thoughts of middle names with Nathaniel?  We have considered Ernst and John (each for a grandfather) but don't have anything else.  I am thinking it should be short, and does not need to be Jewish in origin.  Last name W.

December 27, 2012 05:58 PM

Well yes, we got the passanger lists of the ships, so I know they were all used by the Puritans.  Elisha is originally a male name, and that is probably how the Puritans used it, but it has been used as a female name, too.  Not really a contender, just listing the names that fall into the Jewish Pilgrim category in case anyone was interested.  My question was Hannah versus Susannah with the other names thrown in just in case one pops out to someone else.

December 3, 2012 05:51 PM

Since you mentioned Lysander, I'm also thinking Orlando?  Or maybe I am just a Virginia Woolf nerd.

November 27, 2012 01:44 PM

Thanks!  It's a hyphenated last name with four syllables, so quite the douzy.  That's something I hadn't really considered but maybe is another point for Rachel, since Miriam adds and extra syllable?