Oceanus Hopkins was born on the Mayflower during the voyage, to parents Stephen and Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins. He did not survive very long, however, and may have died the first winter, or during the subsequent year or two. Giving a child a unique name like Oceanus, commemorating some major event surrounding the birth, is not unheard of, even in the 17th century when most names were either inherited, Biblical, or came from a king or queen. The White family named their son, born shortly after arrival of the Mayflower, "Peregrine", meaning traveler. And when Stephen Hopkins was a castaway in Bermuda in 1609, the two children born there were named Bermudas (boy) and Bermuda (girl).