Baby Named Job-Rakt-Out-of-the-Asshes

This was recorded in the register of St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London on September 1, 1611:

Job-rakt-out-of-the-asshes, being borne the last of August in the lane going to Sir John Spencer’s back-gate, and there laide in a heape of seacole asshes, was baptized the first day of September following, and dyed the next day after.

Poor kid was named by a Puritan with a grim sense of humor. Job-rakt-out-of-the-asshes is a reference to Job 2:8, “And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself with; and he sat down among the ashes.”

Source: Bardsley, Charles Wareing Endell. Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature. London: Chatto & Windus, 1880.


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