If You Were To Name A Son After A Scotsman?

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  1. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore


    My wife and I are very near the birth of our third child, Lord willing.

    If it is a boy, my naming criteria will be the same as the last two: names must be from Scottish Christians of the past, or family names.

    First two were:

    William James Allen Cross (William Allen Cross being the great-great-great-great grandfather who came to Canada from Scotland.

    Samuel John Knox Cross (Samuel we liked, John Knox is self-explanatory)

    Now I am trying to decide upon a third-if it is indeed a boy.

    Which Scottish Christian of the past would you choose to incorporate in a son’s name? And why?

    Right now I’m sitting on Rutherford and M’Cheyne.
  2. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    James Durham?
  3. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Make sure you spell M'Cheyne with the usually-for-some-reason-missing c.

    (For some reason, when I posted this, the first "c" went missing and was replaced by the apostrophe, even though I spelled it correctly. Weird.)
  4. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    How did he spell it? I’ve always seen it as M’Cheyne. As strange as that seems to me.
  5. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    It was an older spelling convention. You might also be familiar with Thomas M'Crie, Scottish minister and church historian.
  6. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    There are plenty of Covenanters I could think of.

    How about Archie? :) I love the words of Archibald Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll:
    "In the midst of a cloud, I have found a fair sunshine."

    There's Richard Cameron, a great Covenanter who bore two names that wouldn't raise any modern eyebrows (compared to "Archibald Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll Cross").
  7. Andrew P.C.

    Andrew P.C. Puritan Board Junior

    William Cunningham :)
  8. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Indeed, I have heard of him.

    So Robert would have spelled his name M’Cheyne though, correct?
  9. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    It would seem so, since that is how he is known.
  10. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    Robert Bruce! He's my ancestor!
  11. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Samuel Rutherford
    Robert Murray M’Cheyne
    James Durham
    Archibald Campbell
    Richard Cameron
    William Cunningham
    Robert Bruce

  12. Joshua

    Joshua Administrator Staff Member

    After A Scotsman would work, I suppose, though calling his name aloud in public places would generally cause confusion. What does the middle initial stand for?
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  13. timfost

    timfost Puritan Board Senior

    Bob Burns

  14. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    My wife and I toyed around with the name Gib, after Adam Gib.
  15. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore


    A.A. Scotsman
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  16. Gabriel Barnes

    Gabriel Barnes Puritan Board Freshman

    I hope to name a future son of mine Samuel Gillespie, after two of my very favorite Scots!
  17. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    George Rutherford Barnes has a very nice ring to it.
  18. C. M. Sheffield

    C. M. Sheffield Puritan Board Senior

    In chronological order...
    1. William Wallace
    2. Robert Bruce
    3. John Knox
    4. Thomas Boston
    5. Ebenezer Erskine
  19. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    I did name my third son Samuel Rutherford Snyder.

    His Letters are such a blessing and have a Pastor's heart behind them. He was one of the Commissioners of the Westminster Assembly and I just love his theology as I see it to represent a good image of our God. I also wrote a short biography on him later for Dr. Blackwood's Seminary History class. It also won a contest with Reformed Forum.

  20. Bill The Baptist

    Bill The Baptist Puritan Board Graduate

    Your humor reminds me of a professor I once had who would say things like “Do Catholics really believe that Mary was taken up into heaven? Or is it just an assumption?”
  21. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

  22. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

    If the Lord blesses my wife and I with children and they were boys, I would choose from the following in order:
    Robert Baillie
    Alexander Hemderso
    William Guthrie
    George Wishart
    Hugh Martin
    John Livingstone
    Donal Cargill
    Richard Cameron
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  23. Jo_Was

    Jo_Was Puritan Board Freshman

    A family name, but Moses. My husband's mother's line traces back to the Covenanter's and Moses Waddel was the great grandson of John Waddel (martyr from the battle of Bothwell Bridge, and grandson of William Waddel who was a survivor of the ship of Covenanters that sunk off the Orkney islands). Moses is the first generation in America, and one of the last Reformed Christians in the family line (that is before Jake was providentially brought to the Reformed faith!). Moses was instrumental in the formation of the First Presbytery of Georgia, and was thought of dearly by his own children and descendants as one of the last great stalwarts of Old School Presbyterianism. Moses was sickly, but used mightily, much like his Biblical counterpart, and I just think that would be a beautiful name to pass down.

    I'd be both drawn to and scared to name my kid after an intense Covenanter, lest his personality be too much to handle in his youth because of his namesake. :bouncy:I'd still probably choose one of the Covenanters.
  24. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Difference of opinions here.
  25. iainduguid

    iainduguid Puritan Board Sophomore

    I suspect the abbreviation M'Cheyne has to do with the difficulty of producing
    M'Cheyne (with a superscripted "c") on an old fashioned typewriter/typesetting. The name itself is clearly Mc-Cheyne but even in the computer age, I can't figure out how to produce it on this site. I tried cutting and pasting it and the site autocorrected it to a quotation mark! In contrast, producing a quotation mark is easy.
  26. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    I guess that makes some sense. I always wondered why it was M’Cheyne.

    But then why is not every Mc and Mac name of that era treated the same? Why did only a few get changed, while the rest stayed the same?
  27. G

    G Puritan Board Junior

    Here you go:
    75097A91-3352-4B9A-86F2-B02960A5B596.jpeg :detective:
  28. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator Staff Member

    Jones is a Welsh name isn't it? I hear the Scots and Welsh get on pretty well - especially when having a conversation about the English :)
  29. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

  30. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Today I’m leaning Rutherford.
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