Names of Mayflower Passengers

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The Mayflower sailed from England on September 6, 1620 and arrived in what is now known as the United States on November 9, 1620. This list consists of the known first names of the pilgrim passengers.

Interesting Passenger names:
Women
* Damaris – On a boat with six Mary’s, Damaris is definitely a stand out. An old Greek name, this Damaris was likely named for the Biblical woman.
* Desire – I could see this name raising a few eyebrows on the playground today. The French variation, Desiree is a bit more usable & it currently number 616 in popularity in the United States.
* Humility – A much heavier virtue name than the popular Grace or Faith, Humility is often used in a religious context.
* Remember – A rare word name choice that could be used on either sex.
Men
* Love – An interesting word name choice for a man. In 1885, Love was #824 for women in the U.S., the highest this name has ever been in popularity.
* Oceanus – A Greek mythological name for a God who ruled the water. Appropriately, Oceanus was given to a baby boy born aboard Mayflower.
* Peregrine – An uncommon name in North America, this Latin name fittingly means pilgrim and traveler.
* Resolved – Fifteen John’s but only one Resolved on the ship. Resolved is definitely a fascinating name choice.
* Wrestling – The younger brother of Love, not only an interesting name but very a thought provoking sibling set.

My Favorites
I’ve always been drawn to timeless, classic names. Here are my favorites from the passenger list.
Women
* Alice – A German name meaning “noble”, Alice is rising in popularity. It is currently #127 in the U.S.
* Elizabeth – A family name, as well as my own middle name. I love the many variations and nicknames that come from Elizabeth.  Hebrew in origin, it means “pledged to God”. Elizabeth is currently #10 in the U.S. and has been no lower than #26 since names have been recorded her.
* Rose – I may be a tulip girl but there is no denying that Rose is a strong and gorgeous name. A popular middle name choice, Rose is currently # 261 in the U.S.
Men
* Elias – A name in my personal top 10 for boys, I love Elias and the nickname “Eli”. A Greek name meaning “the Lord is my God”, Elias is #114 in the U.S.
* Jasper – An “old-is-new-again-name” that got a bit of a boost due to the popularity of the Twilight Series. It’s an Old Persian name meaning “Treasurer” at #264 in the U.S. I think Jasper makes a bold, yet usable choice.
* James – An English name meaning “supplanter”, I’ve loved the name James my entire life. It’s a popular name at #14 in the U.S.

First Names of the Mayflower Passengers

* The number next to the name indicates the number of people that shared this name on the voyage.
Women
Alice 2
Ann
Catherine
Constance
Damaris
Desire
Dorothy 1
Eleanor
Elinor
Elizabeth 3
Humility
Joan
Mary 6
Priscilla
Remember
Rose
Sarah
Susanna
Men
Bartholomew
Christopher
Degory
Edmund
Edward 6
Elias
Francis 3
George
Gilbert
Giles
Henry
Isaac
James
Jasper
John 15
Joseph 2
Love
Moses
Myles
Oceanus
Peregrine
Peter
Resolved
Richard 5
Robert
Roger
Samuel 3
Stephen
Solomon
Thomas 4
William 8
Wrestling

Wishing you a wonderful season of giving thanks
~Meagan

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