Uncommon last names in the 1700's?

i'm writing a book and i need a few suggestions

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    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:

    New England:

    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

    Male names:

    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

    Male names:

    William, John, Joseph, Benjamin, Daniel, Cornelius, Alexander, Johannes, Jacob, Samuel, Simeon, Robert

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Foulger (also spelled "Foldier", "Foulgier", and "Folger")

    Clegg

    Lambert

    Lawrence

    Hooper

    Wills

    Boulding

    Churchman

    Copson

    Cox

    Firth

    Graves

    Worley

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