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Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published September 7th 2014 by Clearfield (first published 1880)
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Shane Moore
Jan 27, 2015 Shane Moore rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A generally dry and thoroughly cited examination of the development of naming conventions among Puritans in England from 1560 to 1660, which briefly touches on the general English naming practices between the Norman conquest of 1066 and the end of the period in question.

During the height of the most unconventional naming crazy a pair of brother were named: "Jesus-Christ-came-into-the-world-to-save Barebone" and "If-Christ-had-not-died-for-thee-thou-hadst-been-damned Barebone", whose friends just
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Jul 21, 2014 Tyrannosaurus regina rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, names
It's always a bit of a struggle to use the star system for non-fiction books. I ask myself these questions: Did it do what it said it was going to do? Was it interesting? Was it informative? In this case, yes yes and yes. I might be a bit dubious about some of his conclusions, wrapped up in prejudicial language as they were, but the research and presentation was fascinating. I can only imagine what this poor man would make of twentieth and twenty-first century nomenclature, though. (He who ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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Fascinating book written in 1888 on the study of 17th century Puritan names. Discusses the origins of Puritanical names such as Faith, Charity, Constance, Silence, Desire, Reason, Makepeace, etc. Some names were even more strange, like Humiliation, Abstinence, Lament, and Repentance. There are certain hyphenated names that go as far as Judas-not-Iscariot, More-fruit, and Sorry-for-sin. Real people, real names!
Elizabeth Parks
Mar 31, 2012 Elizabeth Parks rated it liked it
I have serious doubts about the accuracy of some of the facts the author presents, but it's an interesting and often amusing look at names and at the way someone over a century ago thought about them. An easy read, readily available online, and filled with a variety of interesting tidbits, which may or may not qualify as facts.
Sep 23, 2013 Meagan rated it really liked it
A sassy Anglican preacher from the 1800's does a lot of research in order to throw some serious shade at the Puritans. To be fair, anyone who names their daughter "Creature Cheeseman" deserves to be ridiculed.

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An entertaining read.
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If you have an interest in names and/or history, this is a fun resource.
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Rev. Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley was born in 1844 in Burnley, Lancashire, the sixth son of Rev. James Bardsley. He attended the Manchester Grammar School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. He held a number of clerical posts, including curate at St. Luke's, Cheetham, curate at St. Paul's, Kersal, and vicar of Ulverston, Lancashire. Bardsley held the latter post for f

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