Naming Names II

Mark Hailwood

Puritan names are of course the most well known for their originality – famously satirised by Ben Jonson in the character ‘Zeal-of-the-land Busy’ in Bartholomew Fair – but here is one I hadn’t encountered before: the seventeenth-century Yorkshire nonconformist and autobiographer Joseph Lister named his son ‘Accepted’.

If this seems a bit presumptuous, you might appreciate the cruel irony of the fact that Accepted had been partially disabled following a fall from a horse – hardly an encouraging sign of providential favour.

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