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Charles Willson Peale (b. 1741) was an American painter. Today he is known not just for his paintings, but also for naming many of his children after painters (and other famous people).
With his first wife Rachel Brewer (m. 1762) he had eleven children:
- Margaret Jane Peale (b. 1763)
- James Willson Peale (b. 1765)
- Eleanor Peale (b. 1770)
- Margaret Van Bordley Peale (b. 1772)
- Raphaelle Peale (b. 1774) – named for Raphael
- Angelica Kauffmann Peale (b.1775) – named for Angelica Kauffman
- Rembrandt Peale (b. 1778) – named for Rembrandt, just like Rembrandt Bugatti (b. 1884)
- Titian Ramsay Peale (b. 1780) – named for Titian
- Rubens Peale (b. 1784) – named for Rubens
- Sophonisba Anguissola Peale (b. 1786) – named for Sophonisba Anguissola
- Rosalba Carriera Peale (b. 1788) – named for Rosalba Carriera
Rachel died in 1790. Peale married his second wife, Elizabeth de Peyster, in 1791 and with her had six more children:
- Vandyke Peale (b. 1792) – named for Anthony van Dyck
- Charles Linnaeus Peale (b. 1794) – named for Carl Linnaeus
- Benjamin Franklin Peale (b. 1795) – named for Benjamin Franklin
- Sybilla Miriam Peale (b. 1797) – named for Maria Sibylla Merian
- Titian Ramsay Peale (b. 1799) – older brother Titian died in 1798
- Elizabeth De Peyster Peale (b. 1802)
Like names in the Tollemache-Tollemache and Foss families, names in the Peale family got increasingly inventive over time.
Source: The Children of Elizabeth DePeyster and Charles Willson Peale
A reader named Nita is having a baby girl. The baby’s first name will be Leah, and Nita is looking for middle name suggestions that work with Leah. She writes:
We want it to start with a consonant and end in a consonant. Since the first name is pretty short, we’d like the middle name to be three or four syllables long. And please, not floral names. (And no names that sound like Beatrice/Beatrix, Margaret or Ursula.)
I think French names are a smart place to start, as many French names are fairly long and begin and end with consonant sounds.
Here are some other possibilities:
Which of the above do you like best with Leah? What other middle names can you come up with for Nita?