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Name Origins: Comfort

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Staff Genealogist

COMFORT (m/f): A Puritan “virtue name,” a name expressing some desirable moral quality or life instruction which parents hoped a child would emulate. In this case, the “comfort” aimed at would be far more spiritual than physical — such as the comfort of knowing God, or knowing that a loved one had died “at peace in Christ.” COMFORT was used as a male name by the Starr family of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and appears as a female name in many other families.

Posted by Jean Powers at 01/24/2012 07:45:00 AM | 


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