A small selection of unusual boys names that can be found in records in the 17th century. Some are old names left over from the medieval era, others are religion- inspired names which were a craze of the time. (Names of biblical characters used as names will be the subject of a future post). Others of the names have no obvious explanation for their use and are one-offs. See an earlier post for some girls 17th century names. More of both in later posts. See our Medieval boy and girl name posts too.
Abdy Amongstus Anchor Arise Brazier Celebration Champion Coley Digorie Direll Durban Egeon Emerick Experience Fleetwood Fruitful Garvin Goodwin Harmon Hawkey Holland Instance Jepthah Just Mercury Philog Rotheram Sandys Seekpeace Sona Thankful Urian Venture
Usual names of this period include James,which could also be female, William, John, Richard, which was also female in some areas, Samuel, Ralph , Phillip-also female, Thomas, Adrian -also female, and Henry.