Biblical names and the names of heroes were popular choices of many parents, although they also usually named children after family members. Since Wilson is a Scottish or Scots-Irish surname, you might use some names popular with Scots: Archie (for Archibald), Hugh, Lochlan, and Neil. Some other 19th-century names I’ve run across that certainly aren’t popular today include Asa and Gideon.
Some parents also gave their sons the names of popular heroes: Andrew Jackson, George Washington, and Lafayette were popular names for American boys in the early part of the 19th century.
1850 Census, Ashe County, NC
- Horace – This really does sound like “horse” (from redneck baby names)
- Eustice – Sounds like a crustaceon, or a sickness or something
- Cletus – Really reminds me of “clitoris”
- Cooter – Yeah, definately sounds like a vaginal area
- Gretchen – Knew many of a dog owner who named their Poodle this name
- Homer – The Simpsons helped make this name famous
- Norma – I just picture a big sweaty lady sitting on her trailer porch
- Roscoe – The Dukes of Hazzard helped make this what it is today
- Rufus – Dog name or sound that a dog makes
- Antebellum, 19th century leisure, the southern gentry (ladyamcal.wordpress.com)
- 19th century scandal, antebellum women (ladyamcal.wordpress.com)
- Say hi to Ethel Mary: Victorian names are back in fashion (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- A little-known early 19th-century miracle healing that fueled anti-Catholicism in America (gratefultothedead.wordpress.com)