Puritan Names – Fly-fornication, Free-gifts, Faint-not, Dust

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  1. Fly-fornication sounds like that bit from King Lear: “The wren goes to’t, and the small gilded fly doth lecher in my sight. Let copulation thrive!” I don’t have my copy of _The American Language_ to hand, and if I did I might not be able to look up any sources that Mencken cites. These are just bizarre enough that Mencken probably didn’t have to make them up.

  2. […] not all, but some — would invent a name using a word or phrase from the Bible. (Example: Fly-fornication.) Sikhs, on the other hand, determine the first letter of a baby’s name by picking a random […]

  3. A few more “memorably pious” Puritan names, from What’s In a Name? over at Futility Closet:

    -Kill-Sin Pimple, of Witham
    -Search-The-Scriptures Moreton, of Salehurst
    -The-Peace-Of-God Knight, of Burwash
    -Stand-Fast-On-High Stringer, of Crowhurst
    -Fight-The-Good-Fight-Of-Faith White, of Ewhurst

    These examples come from a mid-17th century Sussex jury roll.

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