How popular is the baby name Obedience in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Obedience and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Obedience.
The most bizarre name I spotted while reading through headstone inscriptions from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground (est. 1659) was Tickleemanbeck:
Is that a surname or a first name? Or, was this a mononymous person? A Native American, maybe? I have no idea.
The rest of the more unusual names weren’t all that unusual, really, given the time period. Most of these occurred just once in the records:
- A: Achsah, Ales, Almeda, Ammi, Annis, Aquila, Archibald, Artor, Asahel, Avis
- B: Bethesda, Buckland
- C: Cornelius, Cotton (Cotton Mather), Christiana, Christon, Custin
- E: Edee, Eliphal, Ellsy, Esdras
- F: Flora, Fortesque, Furnell
- G: Gershom, Gibbins, Goodeth
- H: Harbottle, Hemmen, Henretta, Hephsibah, Hezekiah, Hindreh (called Henry in other records), Holland, Hopestill, Hotton
- I: Increase (Increase Mather)
- J: Jemimia, Job, Joses, Judet
- K: Kathron, Kezia
- L: Lettice/Lettuce, Love
- M: Mehetebel/Mehitabel
- O: Obedience
- P: Palsgrave, Pelatiah, Philander, Prissilah
- R: Rosetta
- S: Seeth, Sewall, Shem (Shem Drowne), Sibella, Silvanus
- T: Tamazen, Temperance, Theodocia, Tickleemanbeck
- W: Willmoth
Finally, here are two earlier posts with names from two more historical Boston cemeteries: King’s Chapel (est. 1630) and Granary (est. 1660).
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?