How popular is the baby name Experience in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Experience.
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Daniel, Dionis, Peter, Stephen, Judith, Susanna, Anna, Mehitable, Hepzibah, Paul
Which of the above names do you like best? Are there any you don’t like at all?
*Dionis’s name is evidently a truncated form of Dionysia, which derives from Dionysius, which originally referred to a devotee of the Greek god Dionysos. The names Dennis and Denise are also derivatives of Dionysius.
**Nantucket’s Oldest House, also called the Jethro Coffin House, was built in 1686 as a wedding gift for Jethro Coffin.
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 Booth (male) and Temperance'”Bones” Brennan (female), piqued my curiosity. Has Bones been inspiring parents to use these names for their babies?
2014: 322 baby girls named Temperance [rank: 854th]
2013: 289 baby girls named Temperance [rank: 889th]
2012: 320 baby girls named Temperance [rank: 835th]
2011: 274 baby girls named Temperance [rank: 943rd]
2010: 213 baby girls named Temperance
2009: 165 baby girls named Temperance
2008: 88 baby girls named Temperance
2007: 76 baby girls named Temperance
2006: 20 baby girls named Temperance
2005: 8 baby girls named Temperance
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?
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: