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.
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?
I found this on the St. Margaret’s/Boston Street page of the Dorchester Atheneum, a web site “devoted to the history of Dorchester, Massachusetts”:
Roger Clap, born in England in 1609, came to Dorchester on the Mary and John in 1630 and subsequently married Johanna Ford in 1633. This couple’s fourteen children included Experience, Waitstill, Preserved, Hopestill, Wait, Thanks, Desire, Unite and Supply. Seven of the Clap children lived to be adults.
I’ve seen Puritan-era names like Experience and Desire before, but this is the first Supply I’ve ever spotted. I wonder if one of the other five Clap children was named Demand. :)
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.