Mine is Zerubbabel JEROME.
This is indeed my all-time favourite first name in our ancestors. I also listed a few more which are appealing for various reasons, but this one is the winner.
Can you picture a darling little boy in the arms of his mother, with father looking on happily, and they smile and say, "Let's call him Zerubbabel!"
Of course, that is not how they named him - such a very unusual name. No, they would have opened their Bible and poked a finger at a page, then looked at the nearest male name. Apparently Zerubbabel is listed only three or four times in the Bible, and translates to Seed of Babylon.
I immediately wonder how he was called to come in for supper when he was playing outside, and what did his best friends call him...
I know little about him as yet. He was born 3 Apr 1715 in Windham, Connecticut, married two sisters in Meriden, Connecticut, lived for a time in Bristol, CT, and died in October 1783 in Farmington, Connecticut, aged 68.
Zerubbabel was the third child of the seven known children, second son, of Timothy JEROME & Abagail RICH, who married in 1709 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. All seven children married and had children, the start of a large pool of descendants to this day. By the way, Timothy JEROME is Winston Churchill's wife's great-great-great-grandfather [Jennie Jerome].
Zerubbabel married two sisters, daughters of Henry COOK. His first wife was Sarah Cook, and in 1737, she died in childbirth, her baby girl, Mary, also died.
The following year, August 30, 1738, he married Sarah's sister, Phebe, in Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut. I can hear Judy G. Russell's voice in my head - "Did you check the laws to see if this marriage was approved/allowed by law-? There could be records!" Sigh, I haven't but I will. Honest! Any day now.
Zerubbabel and Phebe had 11 children, several of whom died youngish [females in their 20s], as well as a namesake Zerubbabel who died as an infant. A subsequent son, the 10th child, was named Zerubbabel also, and lived into his 60s. I have written about Zerubbabel previously - search the site for other posts, using the Search this Blog box below my photo, on the right.
My line comes from their youngest daughter, Ruth JEROME, who married into the GRAVES family in Harwinton, Connecticut.
A few other interesting first names:
- Achsa Beebe - I believe this is a girl, born in Naugatuck, CT
- Agnes Gosling - 1500s England; this one tickles my fancy, as Agnes means "lamb of God" and Gosling - well really, "little goose."
- Barzilla Beebe - those Beebe's! born in the 1700s, early 1800s
- Cliofus Veach - late 1800s, in Illinois [RICE line]
- Concurrence Meigs - mid-1600s, Massachusetts
- Egbert Noyes Foster - mid-1850s, Oregon - AKA "Norman"
- Eusebius Jacobus Owings - early 1800s, PA
- Gamaliel Reynolds - early 1700s, CT; and Gamaliel Veach, 1800s Illinois
- Increase - several, in mid-1600s to 1700s, MA & CT. Since a pregnant woman was said to be 'increasing', this seems an odd name to give a baby girl...
- Jabez Healy - meaning "sorrowful" - for a boy, late 1700s in MA. Hmmm.
- Legoria Kuhn - I have no idea here: perhaps a Spanish name
- Macedon Ault Rudisill - a mouthful, born in late 1800s, PA
- Resolved White [Mayflower] - born 1614 Eng; brother born on ship 1620, Peregrine.
- Taliaferro Craig - eventually spelled as pronounced: Tolliver, born 1700s in Virginia