How popular is the baby name Increase in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Increase and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Increase.
The most bizarre name I spotted while reading through headstone inscriptions from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground (est. 1659) was Tickleemanbeck:
Is that a surname or a first name? Or, was this a mononymous person? A Native American, maybe? I have no idea.
The rest of the more unusual names weren’t all that unusual, really, given the time period. Most of these occurred just once in the records:
A: Achsah, Ales, Almeda, Ammi, Annis, Aquila, Archibald, Artor, Asahel, Avis
B: Bethesda, Buckland
C: Cornelius, Cotton ( Cotton Mather), Christiana, Christon, Custin
E: Edee, Eliphal, Ellsy, Esdras
F: Flora, Fortesque, Furnell
G: Gershom, Gibbins, Goodeth
H: Harbottle, Hemmen, Henretta, Hephsibah, Hezekiah, Hindreh (called Henry in other records), Holland, Hopestill, Hotton
I: Increase ( Increase Mather)
J: Jemimia, Job, Joses, Judet
K: Kathron, Kezia
L: Lettice/Lettuce, Love
P: Palsgrave, Pelatiah, Philander, Prissilah
S: Seeth, Sewall, Shem ( Shem Drowne), Sibella, Silvanus
T: Tamazen, Temperance, Theodocia, Tickleemanbeck
Finally, here are two earlier posts with names from two more historical Boston cemeteries:
King’s Chapel (est. 1630) and Granary (est. 1660).
Last month I posted about interesting names that can be found at Granary Burying Ground, Boston King’s Chapel Burying Ground, one of the two cemeteries on Boston’s Freedom Trail.
Today let’s check out interesting names that can be found at the
other cemetery on the Trail, Granary Burying Ground (est. 1660).
Here’s what I spotted (using a book of inscriptions):
A: Azor, Appoline, Adelbart, Adino, Adna, Affia, Albion, Alfrena, Alithere (female), Alletta, Angalesa, Anjennette, Areton, Aroline, Atsey, Avid
B: Barachiah, Bethulia, Buttolph
C: Cassander, Clarenia, Collford, Cornwall, Crispus ( Crispus Attucks), Cushing
D: Danforth, Dering, Duty (male)
E: Egatha, Electa, Eudoxa, Euphaime, Eustis
F: Fessenden, Fitzwilliam, Fear, Fidealia
G: Gad, Geradine, Grisell
J: Jacquith, Jenevie, Jennet, Jocastia
L: Laban, Lately, Lisley, Llewellyn, Lodusky (female), Loungo
M: Mahala, Malvina, Maranda, Melatiah (female), Metcalf, Moody
O: Olimpia, Olander, Onesiphorus, Orinda, Ozias
P: Patterick, Peace (male), Pearly, Peletiah, Pepperell, Peregrin, Person, Philobeth (male), Phineas, Pilgrim, Plummer, Prosillo (female)
R: Rasilla, Reconcile, Roxana (“from Roxbury”)
S: Samartha, Seath, Seferanna, Sophronia, Stoddard, Stanhope, Sylvender
T: Tamer, Theophilus, Thusia, Trueman
W: Waitstill, Welthea, Wilhelmina, Winthrop
Z: Zera, Ziba (male)
All of the above were listed just once. Notable names that appeared more than once in the book include Almira/Elmira, Bathsheba, Dewitt, Doritha, Elbridge, Epes (relatives of
Epes Sargent), Gamaliel, Gershom, Gillam, Increase, Jotham, Keziah, Louisiana, Mehitable/Mehetable, Nabby, Pamelia/Permelia, Persis, Rozamond/Rozamund, Silence, Sylvanus and Tamzen.
Gravestone inscriptions and records of tomb burials in the Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Mass. (1918) by Ogden Codman
To follow up on the names of the 17th-century
Clap children, here are a few Puritan-era male names from H.L. Mencken’s The American Language (1919):