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As part of the temple endowment ceremony each Mormon receives a new name which they are instructed that they "should always remember and which (they) must keep sacred and never reveal, except at a certain place..." (footage)

Since January 1, 1965 each Mormon who goes through the temple on any given day receives the exact same new name, regardless of which temple they attend across the globe.

These names are given to the temple workers each day during a special prayer meeting. Every temple has a set of placards with male and female names on them, in addition to a small number. The number is the day of the month. The choice of which new name a temple patron receives depends only on their gender and the day of the month.

The only confirmed exception to this rule occurs when the new name of the day coincides with the person's actual first given name, in which case he/she receives the replacement name of Adam/Eve respectively. This has been known to occur even in cases of near matches, such as Paul/Saul. For endowments given in languages other than English, new names are translated to their nearest equivalent in that language.

This website is a collection of new name submissions and information that has been inferred from them.



January 18, 2014
to
Present
  Day of Month     Female Name     Male Name  
1
Ruth
Lehi
2
Eunice
Jesse
3
Lucy
Aaron
4
Grace
Gabriel
5
Miriam
Elijah
6
Ida
Abinadi
7
Camilla
Alma
8
Naomi
Japheth
9
Sarah
Enoch
10
Abigail
Simeon
11
Lois
Job
12
Martha
Amulek
13
Rachel
Hyrum
14
Claudia
Isaiah
15
Tabitha
Josiah
16
Rhoda
Ishmael
17
Zina
Saul
18
Priscilla
Ammon
19
Lydia
Heber
20
Esther
Joel
21
Eliza
Moroni
22
Emma
Reuben
23
May
Mosiah
24
Rebekah
Amulek
25
Flora
Levi
26
Norma
Lazarus
27
Irene
Noah
28
Ruby
Moses
29
Phoebe
Barnabas
30
Dinah
Jethro
31
Florence
Ether
January 24, 1993
to
December 28, 2013
  Day of Month     Female Name     Male Name  
1
Ruth
Timothy
2
Eunice
Jesse
3
Lucy
Aaron
4
Judith
Gabriel
5
Miriam
Sam
6
Adah
Peter
7
Leah
Alma
8
Naomi
Japheth
9
Sarah
Dan
10
Abigail
Simeon
11
Lois
Job
12
Martha
Amulek
13
Rachel
Hyrum
14
Claudia
Eli
15
Tabitha
Josiah
16
Rhoda
Ishmael
17
Miriam
Saul
18
Elizabeth
Nimrod
19
Lydia
Heber
20
Esther
Joel
21
Deborah
Samuel
22
Emma
Reuben
23
Ruth
Mosiah
24
Rebekah
Asa
25
Naomi
Levi
26
Huldah
Lazarus
27
Abish
Benjamin
28
Susanna
Jacob
29
Phoebe
Barnabas
30
Dinah
Jethro
31
Julia
Ether
June 11, 1983
to
January 12, 1993
  Day of Month     Female Name     Male Name  
1
Adah
Judah
2
Claudia
Caleb
3
Susanna
Jeremiah
4
Rachel
Moses
5
Rebekah
Titus
6
Huldah
Nephi
7
Abish
Lehi
8
Sarah
Ether
9
Martha
Helaman
10
Eliza
Luke
11
Phoebe
Gideon
12
Naomi
Shem
13
Lydia
Ammon
14
Priscilla
Noah
15
Miriam
Abel
16
Hagar
Enoch
17
Esther
Ephraim
18
Abigail
Boaz
19
Rhoda
Amos
20
Johannah
Moroni
21
Julia
Mormon
22
Lois
Seth
23
Ruth
Israel
24
Lucy
Silas
25
Eve
Mosiah
26
Judith
Isaiah
27
Emma
Jonah
28
Eunice
Jacob
29
Leah
Solomon
30
Hannah
Elijah
31
Tabitha
Abraham


July 9, 1974
to
June 8, 1983

Female Names
 Day 
 January 
 February 
 March 
 April 
 May 
 June 
 July 
 August 
 September 
 October 
 November 
 December 
1
Joan
Esther
Theresa
Charlotte
Susan
2
Elizabeth
Agnes
Christina
3
Deborah
Ramona
Cecelia
Emma
Rosa
Eliza
Evelyn
Rosa
Cecelia
4
Sophia
Lydia
Deborah
Agnes
Catherine
Emma
Ramona
5
Theresa
Elizabeth
Claudia
Caroline
Miriam
Rita
6
Olivia
Theresa
Esther
Rachel
Naomi
7
Rosa
Rachel
Charlotte
Victoria
Evelyn
Julia
Rita
Ramona
8
Catherine
Cecelia
Christina
Sarah
Miriam
Agnes
Esther
Louise
Charlotte
9
Victoria
Mary
Evelyn
Deborah
Caroline
Emmaline
Elizabeth
Ruth
10
Esther
Louise
Theresa
Rachel
11
Amelia
Evelyn
Naomi
Sophia
Julianna
Rita
Sarah
Agnes
Theresa
Deborah
Miriam
12
Mary
Catherine
Irene
Ruth
Deborah
Rosa
Mary
Adah
13
Victoria
Rachel
Deborah
Sarah
Rachel
14
Ruth
Olivia
Julianna
Catherine
15
Theresa
Charlotte
Emmaline
Christina
Carla
Martha
Naomi
16
Elizabeth
Julia
Rosa
Esther
Miriam
Miriam
17
Lydia
Lenora
Joan
18
Irene
Sophia
Louise
Ruth
19
Abigail
Sophia
Lydia
Claudia
Naomi
Charlotte
Irene
Eliza
Rosa
20
Esther
Emma
Rachel
Emma
Joan
Isabel
21
Elizabeth
Emma
Naoma
Sophia
Rachel
Olivia
22
Claudia
Rachel
Rebekah
Esther
Margaret
23
Julia
Lydia
Rosa
24
Sophia
Susan
Margaret
25
Agnes
Rachel
Lenore
26
Joan
Emmaline
Victoria
27
Deborah
Ruth
Alice
Lydia
Julia
28
Susan
Margaret
Ramona
Joan
Isabel
Elizabeth
Emmaline
29
Carla
Lydia
Isabel
Irene
Mary
30
Agnes
Elizabeth
Alice
Cecelia
31
Miriam
Theresa
Evelyn

Male Names
 Day 
 January 
 February 
 March 
 April 
 May 
 June 
 July 
 August 
 September 
 October 
 November 
 December 
1
Ephraim
Jared
Lehi
2
Ammon
Enos
3
Gabriel
Heber
Moses
Sam
Mosiah
Jacob
4
Noah
Jeremiah
5
Timothy
Elijah
Peter
6
David
Moses
7
Raphael
Timothy
Anthony
Joseph
Benjamin
Bartholomew
8
Bartholomew
Moroni
Moses
Paul
Manasseh
9
Boaz
10
Enoch
Andrew
Moroni
Peter
Luke
11
Manasseh
Ishmael
Solomon
Mark
Nathaniel
12
Abinadi
Abraham
Jonah
13
Mark
Job
Matthew
Nephi
14
Enos
Ephraim
Joseph
15
Jethro
Reuben
16
Ezekiel
Malachi
Amos
Mark
Michael
17
Joel
18
Lehi
Bartholomew
Oliver
Judah
Gabriel
Heber
19
Enoch
Moroni
Stephen
Isaac
Israel
Frederick
20
Ezekiel
Timothy
Lehi
21
Ether
Jacob
22
Heber
Thomas
Joshua
Barnabas
Frederick
Ishmael
23
Luke
24
Peter
Raphael
25
Reuben
Noah
Enoch
Israel
Elijah
26
Moses
Raphael
Abel
Malachi
Malachi
Nathaniel
27
Samuel
Jacob
Oliver
28
Jared
Mark
29
Titus
Moses
Barnabas
Daniel
Elijah
Mark
30
Joshua
Joshua
Peter
31
Noah
Matthew


January 1, 1965
to
June 25, 1974
  Day of Month     Female Name     Male Name  
1
Adah
Aaron
2
Amelia
Abel
3
Augusta
Abraham
4
Deborah
Amulek
5
Dorothy
Alma
6
Edna
Amos
7
Eliza
Benjamin
8
Elizabeth
Elias
9
Emma
Elisha
10
Esther
Enoch
11
Ethel
Ephraim
12
Florence
Ezekiel
13
Francis
Helaman
14
Hannah
Isaac
15
Helen
Isaiah
16
Josephine
Jacob
17
Leah
Job
18
Lydia
Jonathan
19
Margaret
Joseph
20
Martha
21
Mary
Manasseh
22
Miriam
Moroni
23
Naoma
Matthew
24
Norma
Mormon
25
Phoebe
Moses
26
Rachel
Mosiah
27
Rebekah
Nephi
28
Rhoda
Noah
29
Ruth
Reuben
30
Sarah
Seth
31
Zina
Timothy


August 31, 1880
to
December 31, 1964

New names were chosen at the discretion of the temple worker.

In a meeting with the workers in the Saint George temple, John D. T. McAllister of the temple presidency said;

"With regard to new Names, give easy names to be understood: Scripture names or names not in the Scripture, there are many good names of those who have lived upon the earth which are easy to understand[;] don't give any fanciful names, [and] be Sure they get the New Name and that they understand it." (Minutes, Meeting of Workers in St. George Temple, August 31, 1880, typed excerpt, Buerger Papers)

In 1970 a letter was sent from the First Presidency to all temple presidents regarding procedures in transmitting a patron's new name, which included the following text:

"Because of its sacred and confidential nature, this information should not be transmitted by mail or by telephone; therefore, the First Presidency recommends that you use a simple code system which will be made known to each temple president who will keep it in a special file. The information requested may then be transmitted by letter or if necessary by telephone using combinations of numbers. The information will be given only by a temple president to another temple president - never to the patron directly.
Of course, the need for this applies only to those sisters who were endowed prior to January 1, 1965, when the present new name system was adopted.
The method is this: Instead of spelling out the new name, the numbers corresponding to the letters in the new name should be transmitted along with a person's name and date of the endowment.
example:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
If the name given were Martha, the numbers transmitted would be: "The information you seek on behalf of ________ is 13-1-18-20-8-1."
We ask that after January 1, 1971, all temple presidents use the simple code system herein outlined when transmitting the new name on behalf of patrons who need such information.
" (Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B. Lee, and N. Eldon Tanner to temple presidents, Dec. 21, 1970, copy in Buerger Papers, quoted in Development of LDS Temple Worship, Anderson, p 389)

We have received 35 submissions of new names given prior to 1965, and consistent with this information no coherent pattern has yet been identified.


Ca. 1844
to
October 24, 1878

  Female Name     Male Name
Sarah
Abraham

In 1846, a writer calling herself "Emeline" wrote to the Warsaw Signal that sometime in the previous two years she had received her endowment at Nauvoo, and while her new name was redacted by the editor of the paper, she wrote that;

"from all that I can gather, all the females had the same name given them, but we are not allowed to reveal it to each other." (Communications, Warsaw Signal, April 15, 1846, Vol 3, No 3)

Fanny Stenhouse wrote that in 1860...

"A new name was then whispered into my ear, which I was told I must never mention to any living soul except my husband in the Endowment House... There was among our number a deaf woman; Mrs. Whitney had to tell her her name once or twice over, loud enough for me to hear, and thus I found that her new name, as well as mine, was Sarah. To make the matter worse, another sister whispered: 'Why that is my name too.' This entirely dispelled any enthusiasm which otherwise I might have felt. I could well understand that I might yet become a Sarah in Israel, but if we all were Sarahs, there would not be much distinction or honor in being called by that name. As a matter of course I supposed that the men would all become Abrahams." (Tell It All, The Story of a Life's Experience in Mormonism, pgs 360-361)

Ann Eliza Young, wife of Brigham Young, reported that in 1860 or 1861 she received her new name, and wrote...

"If the Mormon doctrine were true, there would be a mighty shouting for 'Sarah' at that time, as every person whose name I have heard was always called the same. It was the name that was given me, and I have known many others who received it." (Wife Number 19, pg 361)

Hans P. Freece wrote to his son...

"Yes, I have been in the Endowment House more than once. In 1865 my first wife and I, with others of the faithful, went through ...we had received new names, and we had lost our identities. My new name was a secret until I heard some one yell into the ear of a deaf brother, 'Your new name is Abraham.' I gave a sudden start, for I thought that name was for me alone. Forty years have rolled by, and every man with whom I have had conversation has told me that his name was Abraham." (The Letters of an Apostate Mormon to his son, 1908)

Caroline Owens Miles discussed her endowment and marriage, which occurred on October 24, 1878, saying that the woman who performed her washings and anointings...

"whispered my new and celestial name in my ear. I believe I am to be called up on the morning of the resurrection by it. It was Sarah. I felt disappointed. I thought I should have received a more distinguished name. She told me that my name must never be spoken, but often thought of, to keep away evil spirits. I should be required to speak it once that day, but she would tell me in what part of the ceremony, and that I should never again have to speak it."(The Boston Daily Globe, Monday, April 18, 1881)

From the above, it appears that the new name originated with the story of Abram and Sarai in the Old Testament, who received the new names Abraham and Sarah respectively, and that everyone until at least October 24, 1878, received these two names regardless of the day of the month.



The following temples have been confirmed as using the lists above:
Albuquerque Cochabamba Hamilton Medford Phoenix Spokane
Anchorage Columbia Helsinki Melbourne Portland St. George
Atlanta Columbia River Hong Kong Memphis Preston St. Louis
Baton Rouge Columbus Houston Mesa Provo St. Paul
Bern Copenhagen Idaho Falls Mexico City Provo City Center Stockholm
Billings Córdoba Johannesburg Montevideo Raleigh Sydney
Birmingham Curitiba Jordan River Nashville Redlands Timpanogos
Bismarck Dallas Kansas City Nauvoo Reno Tokyo
Bogotá Denver Laie Newport Beach Rexburg Toronto
Boise Detroit Las Vegas Oakland Sacramento Twin Falls
Boston Draper Lima Oaxaca Salt Lake City Vancouver
Bountiful Edmonton Logan Ogden San Antonio Vernal
Brigham City Fort Collins London Oklahoma City San Diego Washington DC
Brisbane Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles Oquirrh Mountain San José Winter Quarters
Buenos Aires Frankfurt Louisville Orlando San Salvador
Calgary Freiberg Lubbock Palmyra Santiago
Caracas Fresno Manhattan Panama City São Paulo
Cardston Gilbert Manila Payson Seattle
Chicago Guatemala City Manti Perth Snowflake


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