From the archives: Names and the nameless

How we know Kofi Annan was born on Friday, the first named author in history, the peculiar names of American pilgrims, and the names of the biblical nameless.

Kofi Annan
US Mission in Geneva [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Like most Akan from Ghana, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is named for the circumstances of his birth.

Who were the three wise men? Abel’s wife? Jesus’ sister? These are the biblical nameless.

Enheduanna, daughter of Sargon the Great, was the first named author in history.

Robert W. Weir (photograph courtesy Architect of the Capitol) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Brewsters brought two children over to America on the Mayflower: Love and Wrestling.

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