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?