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Gender: Female Origin of Temperance: Virtue name

The name Temperance is a girl's name of English origin. Temperance and is often added to lists like Colonial Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop your least favorite!".

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Not too long ago, Temperance was found only on lists of Puritan baby names.

With increased increase in virtue names, and Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan on long-running television series Bones, this name has experienced a surprising revival.

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Famous People Named Temperance

Temperance Flowerdew (1590-1628), early settler of Jamestown Colony
Temperance Cavendish (1549-50), Bess of Hardwick's short-lived daughter
"Sweet Sister Temperance", nickname of Elizabeth Tudor by her brother, Edward

Pop Culture References for the name Temperance

Aunt Tempy, narrator of a collection of stories by Joel Chandler Harris
Temperance Miller, character in Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Temperance Brennan, character on "Bones", and main character in Kathy Reich's books
Temperance, character from "Operation: Endgame"