Happy 310th Birthday, Cousin Abiah!

24 January 1710, in Milford, Connecticut, my first cousin, 8 times removed, Abiah Botsford was born to Timothy and Mary Peck Botsford.  Abiah only lived less than one year, but his name is what caught my interest in the “Now that is an odd thing to name your child” category.  Of course, that is with 21st century bias.  It was probably quite common in the early 18th century.    I had to Google (yes, it officially a verb) the name to find out:

“Abiah is a Biblical name that appears for both female and male figures. It may be considered the same as the name Abijah in the Bible; one female Abijah was a queen and ancestor of Christ. Abiah may also be considered a relative of the Arabic name Abia. However you spell or pronounce it — a – BY -a or a – BEE – a — this name can be an original way to the nickname Abi.”

So, in the 18th century, when it was very common to assign Biblical names to children, Cousin Abiah would have been just one of the kids.

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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