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Name of the Day: Bronson

Meaning brown’s son, this name has a long history of use as a first name and surname. I love the nicknames Bron, Brons, Bro and of course Sonny.

Bronson Alcott is the father of Louisa May Alcott. He is known himself as an educator, philosopher, abolitionist and an early feminist. (The father of 4 daughters, I suppose it’s not surprising he felt strongly about women’s rights.) He was known for controversial teachings, as he encouraged young students to be self reliant and didn’t agree with many forms of punishment. He asked students whether they thought the stories in the gospel were literal or not, which many found blasphemous, but which I find refreshing. He allowed a black student into his school and refused to expel him despite protests that he do so. His family was often poor, but this is because Bronson refused jobs that he did notĀ agree with morally.

Bronson has also been the name of many athletes, a couple actors, politicians, even the surname of a war hero who received the U.S. Medal of Honor.