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Gender: F Meaning of Temple: "dweller near the temple" Origin of Temple: English

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The old word name Temple has gained some recent notice as a girls' name via admired autistic writer and inventor Dr. Temple Grandin (born Mary Temple), subject of an acclaimed biopic, in which she was played by Claire Danes.

As a female name, it was seen as the college-girl character of Temple Drake in the William Faulkner novel Sanctuary and the 1933 film The Story of Temple Drake. And as a surname, it will forever be identified with cute child star Shirley Temple.

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Famous People Named Temple

Temple Grandin, American scientist and inventor
Shirley Temple, American actress and ambassador
Juno Temple, English actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Temple

Temple University
Temple Drake, lead character, a Mississippi college girl, in Faulkner's novel "Sanctuary" (1931)
--"The Story of Temple Drake" (1933), pre-code film adaptation of "Sanctuary" starring Miriam Hopkins