"The Puritan Girl" by Howard Chandler Christy

Meaning: “Ancient”
Gender: Female
Pronunciation: pruh-SILL-uh
Origin: Roman
Other forms of the name: Priskilla, Priscila, Priska

The name Priscilla has been in use for quite some time. In the Bible Paul stays with Priscilla and her husband Aquila in Corinth. Priscilla was a nickname of the Roman Prisca. Prisca is the feminine form of the name Priscus, Priscus was a Roman family name. It was popular with Puritans and was the name of one of the passengers on the Mayflower, Priscilla Mullens (or Mullins). Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a famous poem called “The Courtship of Miles Standish” which stars the very famous militia leader to Plymouth, Miles (or Myles) Standish, John Alden who was said to be the first man to set foot on Plymouth Rock, and Priscilla Mullens who spun wool and flax and taught the children for the colony. It is about the love-triangle between the three, though if it actually happened is debatable. However all three characters were real.

Priscilla is a woman who speaks her mind and in the poem, when Miles asks John to propose to her on his behalf she replies, “Why don’t you speak for yourself, John?” Priscilla marries John Alden in the end (like in real life) and they have ten children. The Standish and Alden families remain close. Today there are quite a few descendents of Priscilla and John, a famous one being actress Jodie Foster.

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