Uncommon last names in the 1700's?
i'm writing a book and i need a few suggestions
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
good source for surnames and male given names (and a few female names) of the times is the 1790 census. This should be available online. If I remember right, the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) also publishes a roll of names of Revolutionary soldiers with names of wives. You can also do a search for Revolutionary War muster rolls for names of soldiers.
Here are my family names:
Surnames: Richardson, Lee, Smith, Elmer, Devol, Davenport, Bosworth, Martin, Lawton, Brown, Lewis, Parks, Sutherland, Whiting, Clark, Tryon
Female names (with nicknames): Mary (Polly, Molly), Sarah (Sally), Margaret (Molly, Meg, Peggy), Elizabeth (Betsy, Bessie), Ann (Nancy), Jemima, Lucy, Esther, Remember, Keziah, Rebecka, Judith, Hannah, Phebe, Ruth, Abigail (Abby, Nabby), Patience, Abiah, Lucretia
Reuben, Ebenezer, Obed, Caleb, Abijah, Moses, Chileab, Enos, Gad, Samuel, Elijah, Jonathan, William, Abner, Daniel, Eliphalet, Richard, Isaac
New York/New Jersey (mostly mixed English/Dutch heritage):
Surnames: Ennis, Van Etten, Decker, Westfall, Westbrook, Snell, Quick
Female names: Magdalena (Lena), Catherina, Maria, Margareta (Grietje), Elizabeth, Cornelia, Jane, Jerusha
William, John, Joseph, Benjamin, Daniel, Cornelius, Alexander, Johannes, Jacob, Samuel, Simeon, Robert
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Foulger (also spelled "Foldier", "Foulgier", and "Folger")