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Puritan names: What were those parents thinking?

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Unusual, inspiring and sometimes downright weird, Puritan names are a proud legacy.

Old shabby book in leather coverThe Puritans were English Protestants who believed that the reforms of the Church of England did not go far enough. In 1630, the Puritans set sail for America, 10 years after the Pilgrims. Unlike the Pilgrims, the Puritans did not break with the Church of England, but instead tried to reform it in a new land. They believe if they were successful, they would be blessed; if they failed, they would be punished.

When the Puritans arrived in New England they established the Massachusetts Bay Colony in a town they named Boston. Life was very difficult but they were free to worship as they chose. The Bible was central to their worship. Their church services were simple. The organ and all musical instruments were forbidden. Puritans sang psalms a cappella.

Puritans lived by a very strict code and the names they gave their children reflected this. The concept was to give children a godly and holy name that would never be tarnished by an unbeliever using the same name. They obviously went to great lengths to assure this! Their unusual name choices also helped Puritan recognize other members of their faith.

Puritan names were inspiring, interesting, unusual and sometimes just got downright strange. Names like Humiliation, Helpless, Abstinence, Praise God, Ashes and Fear Not were just the tip of the ice berg

For more information about unusual Puritan names , visit http://historyofnothing.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/puritans-and-their-weird-names/

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Smile! Your ancestry is showing!

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Chattering teethDental anthropology reveals clues to our own ancestry.

Open wide! Your teeth may be able to tell you quite a bit about your ancestry. Certain populations commonly have teeth with special characteristics. These characteristics can be used to identify people of specific ancestry. Ridges, bumps, t shapes and other unusual tooth formations are all clues to where we came from.

Dental anthropology is the study of dental remains. One aspect of this field of study is the process of determining the race or heritage of a person through their teeth. Dental anthropologists use teeth to compare ancient and modern man, and population groups. They search for similarities and differences in the structure of teeth and also analyze and compare how they are related. Dental anthropologists search for these important indicators of a person’s origins and ancestry. And they uncover many important clues that point them in the right direction.

For example, if you have a “talon cusp,” this anomaly is found in only 1% of the global population overall. And a variation of this specific dental ridge called the “Uto-Aztecan bulge” on the upper molars is only found among the Native American Indians , predominantly in Arizona. Native Americans, Eskimos, Aboriginal tribes of Australia and Aleutians all share certain unique dental characteristics unique from other groups. Other characteristics help to identify people of European ancestry.

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