November 18, 2011

The Peregrine White Cradle


While searching for historical photos of feather beds [long story, another time], I stumbled across this, the Peregrine White Cradle, a woven willow cradle brought from Holland by Susanna and William White, who were expecting their first child when they set off for America on the Mayflower.

According to Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth, where the cradle now resides [see below, in a photo taken by White's great-great-great-great-great granddaughter, who says, "I have a photo from when I was around 12 mos. with me in the cradle and my parents standing behind me. Umm, that may be why they now have it behind glass. Just guessing." Bingo!]

Peregrine White's cradle

Peregrine, whose name means "traveler" or "Pilgrim," "was born on board the Mayflower in Provincetown harbor in November of 1620...the first child born to the Pilgrims in America. (Oceanus Hopkins was born on board the Mayflower during the Atlantic crossing)."

Peregrine's father died that first winter, and he and his slightly older brother Resolved were adopted by Susanna's second husband, fellow Mayflower passenger Edward Winslow.

The moral of this story, obviously, is that four hundred years later, the Pilgrims are still kicking our baby naming asses.

Pilgrim Hall Museum Collection: Cradles [, top image via nypl]


All that naming creativity wasn't considered sinful? Who knew?

Peregrine's Wikipedia page does point out he was fined "for fornication before marriage or contract," with his soon-to-be wife.

Hey man, my K2's middle name is Peregrine. In your face, Pilgrims (of whom he is a descendant, anyway, so in my face, me!)!

in your, his, my, er, uh, carry on. Still waiting to hear from Oceanus's and Resolved's dads.

One of our daughters is named Verity. That's sort of Pilgrim-adjacent naming.

Though you have to admit that not all Pilgrim baby names are equally appealing: I'd much rather be named Peregrine White than Resolved White!

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