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..."
For reasons of convenience, 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. This name is told to the temple workers each day during a special prayer meeting by holding up a placard with a male name, a female name, and a number on it. The number is the day of the month.
While there are probably mistakes made on a regular basis, the only constant exception to the rule occurs when a new name coincides with the person's actual first given name, in which he/she receives the replacement name of Adam/Eve respectively.
This website is an attempt to identify the new name associated with each date. Names are the same for both live endowments and endowments for the dead.
There have been claims that the temple name system changed again in 2014. However, reliable sources have failed to confirm that anything other than the present list is being used as of July 8, 2014. We will continue to monitor the situation. It's possible that only a few names on the list have changed, or that the new list is being rolled out sporadically. If and when we can confirm a rotation change, it will be posted here.
|Day of Month||Female Name||Male Name|
|Day of Month||Female Name||Male Name|
(X) Number of Confirming Submissions
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)
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. It is presumed that everyone in the 19th century, with an unknown time range, received these two names regardless of the day of the month.