Regarding Anthony's very informative reply on the subject of the name
Within the past 4 weeks of intensive family research, in Devon records and
amongst Revolutionary War patriot information in the United States, I have
come across, to my great surprise, 3 family members with the given name
Archelaus. (From three entirely different family lines - albeit most likely
all originating from the British Isles). (TOOP, CHAPIN & CUMMINGS)
Archelaus TOOP was mentioned as a witness on a marriage license in 1843 in
Devon, and the two mentioned participating in the American Revolution died in
the early 1800's in the U.S.
I would like to think that they all were thoroughly literate and schooled in
the classics, however I do find it hard to believe that they all had studied
Greek and/or Roman history to the extent you imply.
I do agree with your appraisal that few would wish to name their family
members after any of Herod's progeny, unless they have accomplishments of
which I am unaware.
I find this rather fascinating. Are there any other explanations out there?
TOOP, CHAPIN, COATES, CUMMINGS, CALVERT, SENDEY, TURPIN, LLOYD