Searching for Crypto-Jews among the Protestant Huguenots
.....By the end of the 1500s, for example, in Rouen, of the ten most frequent Protestant male names, seven (numbers 4 through 10) were Old Testament names (Abraham, Isaac, Daniel, David, Jacob, Salomon, and Samuel).
Among Catholics, there was only one "Old Testament" name (Abraham), and it was in tenth place (Lavender, 1990, p. 186).
This pattern of Huguenot naming continued, although weakening with time, in the United States. As late as the 1700 period, for example, Ester and Judith remained among the nine most frequent female Huguenot names in Charleston, South Carolina, while Abraham, Daniel, Isaac, and Jacob were fequent male names (Lavender, 1990, p. 194).
Even as late as 1790 in the United States, Huguenots, despite rapidly assimilating and generally following non-traditional Christianity, were more likely than most other Protestant groups to have Old Testament names.
The exceptions were in the Puritan areas of New England, areas which were the most traditional in their following of Christianity.
Among the sixteen most frequent Huguenot male names in 1790, seven (Benjamin, Samuel, Jacob, Daniel, Abraham, Isaac, David) were Old Testament names (Lavender, 1990, p. 192). There clearly is a connection between naming patterns and ethnic/religious identity (Lavender, 1988, 1989; Nasrallah, p. 30)....