During the Reformation there was tendency to move away from saints names for children,
particularly among non-conformists and Puritans- all part of the move away from
Protestantism. Instead people moved towards Bible names, particularly from the Old
Testament, and classical names. The other source of names was the Bible itself,
theological terms such as Redemption and Charity were common, and some children found
themselves blessed with a complete Bible verse hyphenated as a forename, such as
Fight-The-Good-Fight-Of-Faith, a fantastic name if you are already blessed with a surname
For more examples of this type, I recommend getting a copy of Terry Deary's Horrible
Histories- The Slimy Stuarts (Pub. Scholastic Childrens Books, London, 1996 ISBN
0-590-13482-5). These are fantastic little books, history with the nasty bits left in!
ASHBY Seal Kent
FEATHERSTONE Tudley Kent
CAMERON Ayrshire & Glasgow
LETHBRIDGE Kingsbridge, Devon
BAKER Modbury, Devon
BICKFORD Ermington, Devon
NORMINGTON Bradford, W. Yorks
----- Original Message -----
From: "foggin" <foggin(a)matra.com.au>
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 4:18 AM
Subject: Meaning of Archelaus
Did you know that Archelaus was the Latin form of Hercules? I had a lot of
trouble finding the bpt of my Hercules Gidley in Buckfastleigh in the early
1600's, until I realised what the alternate name was, and there he was!
There were a lot of males baptised Hercules in Devon at one time. Does
anyone know why it was so popular, considering that it wasn't a saint's
name but a ancient Greek folkhero!
Monica Foggin. Eastwood, Sydney, Australia.