How popular is the baby name Deliverance in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Deliverance and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Deliverance.
Speaking of names in Boston Graveyards…I recently discovered a cool pair of books containing old Boston birth records from 1630 (the year Boston was founded) to just beyond 1800.
The records aren’t perfect/complete, but they’re good enough to determine the top names from year to year. So here’s an overview of the top 3 baby names per gender from 1640 to 1740 in 20-year increments:
(50 babies accounted for; total Boston population 1,200.)
|Girl Names, 1640
||Boy Names, 1640
1. Elizabeth (8)
2. Hannah & Mary (4 ea.)
3. Sarah (2)
1. John (7)
2. Samuel (4)
3. Deliverance, Elisha, Jonathan & Thomas (2 ea.)
(135 babies accounted for; total Boston population 3,000.)
|Girl Names, 1660
||Boy Names, 1660
1. Elizabeth & Sarah (12 ea.)
2. Mary (11)
3. Hannah (8)
1. John (15)
2. Joseph, Thomas & William (4 ea.)
3. Edward, Richard, Samuel & Timothy (3 ea.)
(174 babies accounted for; total Boston population 4,500.)
|Girl Names, 1680
||Boy Names, 1680
1. Elizabeth (17)
2. Mary (14)
3. Sarah (12)
1. John (21)
2. William (8)
3. Thomas (7)
(219 babies accounted for; total Boston population 6,700.)
|Girl Names, 1700
||Boy Names, 1700
1. Mary (23)
2. Elizabeth (18)
3. Ann, Sarah & Susanna (8 ea.)
1. John (31)
2. Thomas (15)
3. Benjamin, Joseph, Samuel & William (9 ea.)
(282 babies accounted for; total Boston population 11,000.)
|Girl Names, 1720
||Boy Names, 1720
1. Mary (31)
2. Elizabeth (26)
3. Sarah (17)
1. John (23)
2. William (18)
3. Samuel (17)
(158 babies accounted for; total Boston population 17,000.)
|Girl Names, 1740
||Boy Names, 1740
1. Mary (12)
2. Elizabeth (10)
3. Sarah (9)
1. John (14)
2. Joseph (11)
3. Samuel, Thomas & William (9 ea.)
Isn’t it interesting how Mary overtook Elizabeth as the #1 name for girls? The switch happened in the 1680s; Mary had already pulled ahead of Elizabeth by 1690.
The rare names were even more interesting (as usual!) so that’s what I’ll be posting about for the rest of the week, starting with a big list of them tomorrow…
Sources: Boston births, baptisms, marriages and deaths, 1630-1699, Boston births from A.D. 1700 to A.D. 1800, Population in the Colonial and Continental Periods – Census.gov (pdf), Population Trends in Boston 1640-1990
I recently read something about the TV show Bones, which has been on the air since 2005. I’ve never seen the show, but the first names of the main characters, Seeley (male) and Temperance (female), piqued my curiosity. Has Bones been inspiring parents to use these names for their babies?
Yup, it would seem so.
Here are the numbers for Seeley since 2005:
- 2005 – (unlisted)
- 2006 – (unlisted)
- 2007 – 7 baby girls named Seeley
- 2008 – (unlisted)
- 2009 – 10 baby boys and 8 baby girls named Seeley
- 2010 – 34 baby boys and 9 baby girls named Seeley
And here are the numbers for Temperance:
- 2005 – 8 baby girls named Temperance
- 2006 – 20 baby girls named Temperance
- 2007 – 76 baby girls named Temperance
- 2008 – 88 baby girls named Temperance
- 2009 – 165 baby girls named Temperance
- 2010 – 211 baby girls named Temperance (rank: 1,148th)
I’m really surprised by Temperance. Short virtue names like Faith, Grace, Hope and Joy are alive and well, but most of the long virtue names — especially those like Temperance — are long gone. Abstinence, Experience, Deliverance, Diligence, Innocence, Obedience, Perseverance, Providence, Reliance, Repentance, Silence…only Patience, Constance and Prudence are still around. And now Temperance might be coming back.
How do you feel about this? Do you like the name Temperance? Do you think it’ll crack the top 1,000?
Want to get a feel for the types of names used on Cape Cod in centuries past? Check out the names at Cape Cod Gravestones.
Most of the names are biblical, of course, and they range from those still used today (e.g., Abigail, Benjamin, Hannah, Joshua, Mary and Samuel) to those that have long since fallen out of favor (e.g., Barzillai, Dorcas, Gamaliel, Mehetabel, Peleg and Zipporah).
Some of the most interesting names listed at the site are:
The two funniest names? Thankful Sweat (female) and Moody Fish (male). Both Thankful and Moody were born in the late 18th century.