Re: Semi-Common Given Names in the South, circa 1800's
Huldah was a prophetess in Jerusalem during the reign of Josiah.Look in 2 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 34.Here is an excerpt:
[The king said]“Go, inquire of the Lord for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do according to all that is written in this book.”
So Hilkiah and those whom the king had sent? went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath, son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter) and spoke to her to that effect.
Female leaders of any kind were extremely rare in the Old Testament.Perhaps Nancy's family saw some quality in her that made them think she would be a leader or a woman that God would use in some way, or maybe someone just liked the name better and wanted to call her that.