Names in late 1700’s America

I’ve needed some actual ~1800 given names for some time. A fellow named Douglas Galbi has some very useful lists at

He has separate lists of surnames, male and female, which list names by their descending frequency of occurrence. It’s a great help.

Another resource is the list of names of those aboard the prison ship Jersey, in New York harbor. You can find that and more at


Flagpole, 1801

In 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli had the American consulate’s flagpole chopped down, effectively declaring war.
But where was the consulate? Where was the flagpole?

It’s yet another opportunity for me to set aside actual writing in order to undertake more research.