Temple Name Oracle
An attempt to identify the new names given in LDS temples


Please tell us your new name and the date you received it

New Name:

Date Received:

Male Female

Temple (optional):

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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. This name is told to the temple workers each day during a special prayer meeting. Every temple has 31 placards, each with a male name, a female name, and a number on it. The number is the day of the month. These 62 names are given universally in both living endowments and endowments for the dead, and only vary by gender and 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 website is an attempt to identify the new name associated with each date.


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Evidence suggests that a new list of names (List B) was introduced to the temples in late 2013 in addition to the previous list (List A). No pattern has yet been identified as to which of these two lists is used for either gender on any given day in any given temple.

Presumed lists: December 14, 2013 to Present

LIST A
Day of Month     Female Name     Male Name
1
Ruth(3)
Timothy
2
Eunice(1)
Jesse(3)
3
Lucy(1)
Aaron(2)
4
Judith(1)
Gabriel(3)
5
Miriam(2)
Sam
6
Adah(4)
Peter
7
Leah
Alma(1)
8
Naomi(3)
Japheth(3)
9
Sarah(2)
Dan
10
Abigail
Simeon(1)
11
Lois(4)
Job(5)
12
Martha(3)
Amulek(6)
13
Rachel(1)
Hyrum(5)
14
Claudia(3)
Eli(1)
15
Tabitha(2)
Josiah(3)
16
Rhoda(6)
Ishmael(2)
17
Miriam
Saul(2)
18
Elizabeth
Nimrod
19
Lydia(2)
Heber(2)
20
Esther
Joel(2)
21
Deborah
Samuel
22
Emma(4)
Reuben(5)
23
Ruth
Mosiah(2)
24
Rebekah(4)
Asa
25
Naomi(1)
Levi(3)
26
Huldah
Lazarus(3)
27
Abish(2)
Benjamin
28
Susanna(1)
Jacob(1)
29
Phoebe(3)
Barnabas(3)
30
Dinah(1)
Jethro(2)
31
Julia
Ether(2)
LIST B
Day of Month     Female Name     Male Name
1
Emma(2)
Lehi(6)
2
Charlotte
3
Martha
Boaz
4
Sarah
Alma
5
Lois
Elijah(3)
6
Rebekah
Abinadi(2)
7
Camilla(3)
Ishmael
8
9
Esther
Enoch(2)
10
Julianna
Eli
11
John
12
Paul
13
14
Hannah(3)
Isaiah(3)
15
Martha
Jacob
16
Levi
17
Zina(3)
Job
18
Priscilla(3)
Ammon
19
David
20
Elizabeth
Eli
21
Eliza(3)
Moroni(4)
22
Huldah
Barnabas
23
May(4)
Jesse
24
Amulek(3)
25
Flora(2)
Aaron
26
Norma(6)
Joel
27
Irene(2)
Noah
28
Ruby(3)
Moses(7)
29
Samuel
30
Lydia
Luke
31
Ruth

(X) Number of Confirming Submissions



Presumed list: January 24, 1993 to November 23, 2013

Day of Month     Female Name     Male Name
1
Ruth(20)
Timothy(27)
2
Eunice(35)
Jesse(23)
3
Lucy(23)
Aaron(13)
4
Judith(28)
Gabriel(14)
5
Miriam(20)
Sam(16)
6
Adah(28)
Peter(20)
7
Leah(34)
Alma(21)
8
Naomi(26)
Japheth(11)
9
Sarah(41)
Dan(20)
10
Abigail(39)
Simeon(10)
11
Lois(32)
Job(23)
12
Martha(26)
Amulek(25)
13
Rachel(26)
Hyrum(26)
14
Claudia(24)
Eli(25)
15
Tabitha(30)
Josiah(13)
16
Rhoda(26)
Ishmael(17)
17
Miriam(29)
Saul(16)
18
Elizabeth(32)
Nimrod(22)
19
Lydia(22)
Heber(19)
20
Esther(26)
Joel(15)
21
Deborah(22)
Samuel(9)
22
Emma(29)
Reuben(26)
23
Ruth(33)
Mosiah(15)
24
Rebekah(19)
Asa(15)
25
Naomi(30)
Levi(26)
26
Huldah(23)
Lazarus(17)
27
Abish(28)
Benjamin(26)
28
Susanna(17)
Jacob(20)
29
Phoebe(25)
Barnabas(17)
30
Dinah(21)
Jethro(20)
31
Julia(12)
Ether(10)

(X) Number of Confirming Submissions



Presumed list: June 11, 1983 to January 12, 1993

Day of Month     Female Name     Male Name
1
Adah(4)
Judah(4)
2
Claudia(10)
Caleb(6)
3
Susanna(7)
Jeremiah(7)
4
Rachel(4)
Moses(9)
5
Rebekah(5)
Titus(6)
6
Huldah(4)
Nephi(7)
7
Abish(5)
Lehi(4)
8
Sarah(5)
Ether(5)
9
Martha(7)
Helaman(8)
10
Eliza(10)
Luke(3)
11
Phoebe(15)
Gideon(6)
12
Naomi(6)
Shem(5)
13
Lydia(5)
Ammon(7)
14
Priscilla(13)
Noah(13)
15
Miriam(10)
Abel(6)
16
Hagar(14)
Enoch(6)
17
Esther(6)
Ephraim(5)
18
Abigail(12)
Boaz(11)
19
Rhoda(9)
Amos(4)
20
Johannah(11)
Moroni(7)
21
Julia(7)
Mormon(4)
22
Lois(4)
Seth(12)
23
Ruth(2)
Israel(4)
24
Lucy(7)
Silas(7)
25
Eve(3)
Mosiah(4)
26
Judith(5)
Isaiah(9)
27
Emma(9)
Jonah(6)
28
Eunice(3)
Jacob(2)
29
Leah(8)
Solomon(5)
30
Hannah(3)
Elijah(2)
31
Tabitha(3)
Abraham(2)

(X) Number of Confirming Submissions



Presumed Female lists: August 3, 1974 to June 8, 1983

 Day 
 Jan 
 Feb 
 Mar 
 Apr 
 May 
 Jun 
 Jul 
 Aug 
 Sep 
 Oct 
 Nov 
 Dec 
1
Joan(2)
Charlotte
2
Elizabeth(2)
Agnes
Christina(2)
3
Deborah
Ramona
Cecelia
Emma
Susanna
Eliza(4)
Evelyn
Rosa
Cecelia
4
Lydia
Deborah(2)
Agnes
Catherine(2)
Emma(2)
Ramona
5
Theresa
Elizabeth
Caroline
Miriam
6
Olivia
Theresa
Esther
Rachel
Naomi
7
Rosa
Rachel
Charlotte
Victoria
Evelyn(2)
Julia(2)
Rita
Ramona
8
Catherine
Cecelia(2)
Sarah(2)
Miriam(2)
Agnes
Claudia(2)
Louise
Charlotte(2)
9
Victoria
Mary(2)
Evelyn
Deborah
Rosa
Emmaline
Ruth(2)
10
Esther
Theresa
Rachel(2)
11
Evelyn(2)
Naomi(3)
Sophia
Julianna(2)
Rita(2)
Sarah
Agnes
Theresa(2)
Martha
Miriam(2)
12
Mary
Irene(2)
Ruth(2)
Deborah(2)
Rosa(3)
Mary
13
Victoria(2)
Rachel
Deborah
Sarah
14
Olivia
Julianna
Catherine
15
Theresa
Charlotte(2)
Emmaline
Carla(2)
Martha
Naomi
16
Elizabeth(2)
Julia
Rosa(2)
Esther
Miriam
Miriam
17
Lydia
Lenora
Joan
18
Irene
Sophia
Louise
19
Sophia
Lydia(2)
Claudia(2)
Naomi
Charlotte
Irene
Eliza
Rosa
20
Esther
Emma
Rachel(2)
Joan
Isabel
21
Elizabeth(2)
Emma(3)
Naoma
Sophia
Rachel
22
Claudia
Rachel
Rebekah
Esther
Margaret
23
Julia
Rosa
24
Sophia
Susan(2)
Margaret
25
Agnes
Rachel(2)
Lenore
26
Joan(2)
Emmaline
Victoria
27
Deborah
Ruth
Alice
Lydia
Julia
28
Susan
Margaret
Ramona(2)
Joan
Isabel
Elizabeth(2)
Emmaline(4)
29
Carla
Lydia
Isabel(2)
30
Agnes(2)
Alice(3)
Cecelia
31
Miriam
Theresa
Evelyn(2)

(X) Number of Confirming Submissions


Presumed Male lists: August 3, 1974 to June 8, 1983

 Day 
 Jan 
 Feb 
 Mar 
 Apr 
 May 
 Jun 
 Jul 
 Aug 
 Sep 
 Oct 
 Nov 
 Dec 
1
Ephraim
Jared
Lehi
2
Ammon
Enos
3
Gabriel
Heber
Moses
Sam(2)
Mosiah
Jacob
4
Noah
5
Timothy
Elijah
Peter
6
David
Moses
7
Raphael
Timothy(2)
Joseph(2)
Benjamin
Bartholomew
8
Bartholomew
Moses
Paul
Manasseh
9
Boaz(2)
10
Enoch
Andrew
Moroni
11
Manasseh(2)
Solomon
Mark
12
Abinadi
Abraham
Jonah(2)
13
Mark(2)
Job
14
Joseph
Enos
Ephraim
15
Jethro
Reuben
16
Ezekiel(2)
Malachi
Amos
Mark
Michael
17
Joel
18
Lehi
Bartholomew
Oliver
Judah
Gabriel
Heber
19
Enoch
Moroni
Stephen
Israel
Frederick
20
Ezekiel
Timothy
21
Ether
Jacob
22
Heber
Thomas
Joshua(2)
Barnabas
Frederick
Ishmael
23
24
Raphael
25
Reuben
Noah(2)
Israel(3)
Elijah
26
Moses(3)
Abel
Malachi
Malachi
27
Jacob
Oliver(3)
28
Jared
Mark(2)
29
Titus(2)
Moses
Barnabas
Daniel
Elijah
Mark
30
31
Noah
Matthew

(X) Number of Confirming Submissions



Presumed list: January 12, 1965 to June 25, 1974

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

(X) Number of Confirming Submissions



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 29 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(6)Chicago(22)Hamilton(9)Manti(55)Panama City(1)São Paulo(4)
Anchorage(1)Columbia(2)Helsinki(1)Medford(2)Payson(1)Seattle(65)
Atlanta(31)Columbia River(3)Houston(13)Melbourne(1)Perth(1)Snowflake(2)
Baton Rouge(1)Columbus(2)Idaho Falls(82)Memphis(3)Phoenix(4)Spokane(7)
Bern(6)Copenhagen(1)Johannesburg(3)Mesa(111)Portland(40)St. George(52)
Billings(3)Curitiba(1)Jordan River(107)Mexico City(5)Preston(3)St. Louis(14)
Birmingham(2)Dallas(40)Kansas City(3)Montevideo(1)Provo(110)St. Paul(2)
Bismarck(2)Denver(29)Laie(9)Nashville(4)Raleigh(5)Stockholm(4)
Bogotá(1)Detroit(3)Las Vegas(16)Nauvoo(3)Redlands(6)Sydney(10)
Boise(30)Draper(16)Lima(3)Newport Beach(2)Reno(1)Timpanogos(90)
Boston(8)Edmonton(6)Logan(85)Oakland(61)Rexburg(6)Tokyo(2)
Bountiful(63)Fort Lauderdale(1)London(29)Oaxaca(2)Sacramento(3)Toronto(8)
Brigham City(1)Frankfurt(11)Los Angeles(87)Ogden(76)Salt Lake City(286)Twin Falls(3)
Buenos Aires(2)Freiberg(2)Louisville(1)Oklahoma City(2)San Antonio(3)Vancouver(2)
Calgary(2)Fresno(5)Lubbock(3)Oquirrh Mountain(5)San Diego(32)Vernal(6)
Caracas(1)Gilbert(3)Manhattan(5)Orlando(8)San Salvador(1)Washington DC(112)
Cardston(26)Guatemala City(1)Manila(3)Palmyra(1)Santiago(2)Winter Quarters(4)

(X) Number of Confirming Submissions


1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
1971 1981 1991 2001 2011
1972 1982 1992 2002 2012
1973 1983 1993 2003 2013
1974 1984 1994 2004 2014
1965 1975 1985 1995 2005 2015
1966 1976 1986 1996 2006
1967 1977 1987 1997 2007
1968 1978 1988 1998 2008
1969 1979 1989 1999 2009


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