What are common colonial names?
When in doubt, look to the New Testament, and the names that look familiar there. This was a common source of naming in Europe back then, and partially why the popularity of some names persist in America today.
Also, depending on where and when in the Colonial period you're finding names for, Old Testament names and Puritan names were common. Old testament names, like Ira or Ishmael, were popular. Puritan names, like Patience, Humiliation, or Lamentation were used in some circles- these weren't widespread, however. There wasn't a huge name pool, back then. People generally named their children after family members.
Essentially, anything classic and/or regal sounding will do. As for women's names, see below:
Elizabeth-Eliza, Betsy, Bess, Buffy, Libby, Ibby
Cecily- Sissy, Illy,
Georgine/Georgette- Georgie, Ettie
Ellen, Eleanor- Nel, Nelly, Elle.
Isabell/Isabella- Bella, Belle, Issy,
Indonesian and Indian are the most common of last names in Suriname. Specifically, the descendants of south and southeast Asian contract workers represent just under half of Suriname's total population. The main points of origin for these immigrant laborers can be traced to India under British colonial rule and Indonesia under Dutch colonial rule. Other common last names are Chinese, Dutch and West African in origin.
Some of the names that were popular during History was Elizabeth for girls and William for boys (Colonial Times). Then during the 50's and so on names such as Dick for boys, and Jillian for girls started to become even more popular than colonial names. Think Baby Names.com also has some great names that were used back then too. :0)