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Name Origins: Naphtali/Naphthali

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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NAPHTALI/NAPHTHALI (m): One of the twelve sons of Jacob; his mother was Bilhah (maid of Jacob’s favorite wife Rachel). (Genesis 30:8).


One New England example is Naphtali Webb (1729–1804) of Scotland and Hanover, Conn., a son of Zebulon and Judith (Hayward/Howard) Webb of Windham and Canterbury, Conn.; he married Mary Mudge (Rev. John Adams Vinton, The Giles Memorial [Boston, 1864], pp. 511, 518).

The name was popular in the Daggett family of Attleborough, Mass., as apparent from that town’s VRs, where as many as seven appear (pp. 90, 659), including: Naphthali Daggett, “slain by a tree,” 6 March 1717/8, no age; Naphthali Daggett, b. 6 Jan. 1724/5, son of Thomas and Sarah (Stanley) Daggett; and two sons of Thomas and Sibble (Stanley) Daggett, b. 18 March 1757 (d. Attleborough 13 July 1769 and 19 Aug. 1771).

Posted by Jean Powers at 02/07/2012 07:00:00 AM | 

Just wondering about my GGG grandfather's given name: Elinas. I can't find much information about it.
Thanks, Susan Astle
Posted by: ( Email ) at 3/3/2012 8:06 PM

The closest I could find in the KJV was Elymas, who was not a nice person. See Acts 13:8. There was an early Christian named Linus in II Tim. 4:21.

What was Elinas's last name? When and where was he born?
Posted by: mary ann skinner ( Email ) at 3/5/2012 4:53 PM

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