Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Fear

Seriously? Fear is a name? Yup. We know because a sixteen-year-old young woman by the name of Fear Brewster followed her parents (William and Mary Brewster) to the New World in 1623 aboard the ship “”Anne”. Her parents and two younger brothers (Love and Wrestling) arrived via the “Mayflower” three years earlier in 1620. Her older brother Jonathan came in 1621 and Fear and her sister Patience arrived two years after that. Apparently, Fear was born in England during the period of time when her “separatist” parents were involved in secret religious meetings. They were under constant “fear” of arrest due to this then-illegal activity which inspired them to bestow this unfortunate name upon their daughter. “Fear” is the modern form of the Olde English “færan” meaning “terrify, scare”, related to the Old Saxon “faron” meaning “to lie in wait”. Ultimately the word is derived from the Proto-Germanic *feraz meaning “danger, risk, harm”. Be careful what you name your children; it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. In the case of Fear Brewster, she probably lived most of her life in “fear” – first having been left by her parents at the age of 14, then traveling alone with her sister on a scary voyage to an unknown place, then she married some old dude 20 years her senior, had one kid and died before the age of 30. We’re hoping her sister had the “Patience” to get through all this.

All About the Baby Name – Fear

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME FEAR

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME FEAR

Not surprisingly, Fear has never, ever been a name in any kind of serious circulation. For all we know, Fear Brewster is probably the only creature on earth to have been given such an ill-fated name. We only add it to our database because it’s so indicative of the strange side of Puritan naming practices. We guess it could also be considered a virtue name as in “Fear God” (i.e., don’t sin).

Quick Facts

ON FEAR

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

FEER

SIMPLE MEANING:

Danger

Characteristics

OF FEAR

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Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Fear

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FEAR

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Fear

Popular Songs

ON FEAR

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Fear


Famous People

NAMED FEAR

Fear Brewster Allerton (early American colonizer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FEAR

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Fear

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FEAR

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Fear