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LYMAN as baptismal name--1800s
Posted by: James Russell Brokaw Date: December 31, 1999 at 17:47:48
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What accounts for the immense popularity of
"Lyman" as a male baptismal name in nineteenth century America? There was of course the famous and notorious preacher,
Lyman Beecher, but the phenomenon seems to
have started long before he came into prominence. Last night I was looking at the
Tompkins County (NY) GenWeb site and I came
across at least four examples (very early 1800s) of families with a son bearing the
baptismal name, Lyman. Happily one (at least
in his early career) does not seem to have been an upstanding character!


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