> >Is anyone privy to the actual names being used?
> Like is there a list somewhere? Do all of the
> temples coordinate?
> Yes there is:
I'm of the impression that not everyone proceeds to the bottom of this webpage, which is a shame because the information to be gleaned is fascinating. To save you the time, here's the amusing content:
"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 someone 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."
I'm fascinated by the fact that it HAD to be by divine revelation that on October 24, 1878, the following rules went into effect: 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)"
You see how amenable to ridicule the process was/is? Good ol' ghawd tells Joju that EVERYONE gets Adam or Sarah as his/her new name. But then ghawd changed his mind and the temple stalwarts were told to hand out whatever names they liked, subject to what passed for common sense.
But then again, ghawd changed his mind and again it HAD to be via revelation, the church was instructed that beginning on 01/01/1965, two lists of names, one male, one female, were to be used, with each name assigned a particular name...in alphabetical order. Because ghawd is a ghawd of order? Sure!
I found another silly bit of nonsense. I'm of the tribe of Manasseh but had I driven up to St. George on the 11th of May, 1965, my super soaker name would have been Ephraim!
And all the Ephraimites who went for the first time on the 21st of the month between 01/01/1965 and 06/25/1974 were given the super soaker name of Manasseh!