This is something that I often have a difficult time with as a writer--choosing names for my characters. It's hard enough writing contemporary novels. A name can say a lot about a character. To write in a previous era, however, you not only have to choose a name that tells the reader about the character, but you need to find one that works in the period. A period that, as most of us know, if often misunderstood as prudish or ultra-conservative. Thus, often the names that were used back then deliver the same feeling.
Anyway, that was this morning's dilemma. I found a site:
with names from the era, taken from genealogy records. It was gratifying to me to note that most of the names I've chosen over the years are on this list.