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Temperance

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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 Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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"

Comments

Leah_ Says:

2017-10-02T00:13:48

Hi! You probably won't see this, but if you do, could you give us an update on how people react to this name? What do people say about it? Is it aging well?

Susette Says:

2017-09-16T14:34:20

Not a fan of Temperance...or any "virtue" names. Why give a child a name that labels them with an attribute they might not want embrace? The Temperance Movement preceeded Prohibition, which failed miserably. I personally would not want a name that conveys a virtue and suffer a lifetime of judgment for not fulfilling the virtue foolishly bestowed upon me. Even worse are virgin names such as Purity and Chastity (with its various mispronounciations and misspellings such as Chasity, Chasitee, Chastidy). It's all too Puritanical.

Leah_ Says:

2017-06-06T20:57:31

I love the name Temperance! Everyone I have mentioned it to has disliked it though. I would love to see this name rise in popularity enough to make it recognizable and break the stigma against it!

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-02-26T16:43:06

I love Percy so much. It would make a wonderful nickname for Temperance. xxx

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-02-26T16:41:20

I love this name, and its meaning. It would work well as a first or middle name, and I consider it to be very usable. It's one of my favourite virtue names.

beachbear Says:

2016-09-13T01:42:33

I adore the nickname Tempy. Temperance is growing on me...really I wish Tempy was at all feasible as a standalone, but I don't think it is.

Omega U Says:

2016-07-08T11:01:13

What did you decide?

imarielliott Says:

2015-07-18T18:31:30

I want to name my child this sooo bad but what kind of middle name could you give this? Especially with the meaning.

lesliemarion Says:

2015-06-10T02:58:15

It's fine if you don't know the meaning. I'd rather meet a Moselle, Loire, or Claret.

seafoamsage Says:

2015-05-20T23:43:41

Temperance is my latest girl name obsession, currently topping my list of possible names for a daughter, if and when I have one. Perhaps with Rose for a middle name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2015-04-27T21:54:12

I like Percy as a nickname for Temperance, also! And Tempie.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2015-04-27T21:53:25

I like Temperance a lot more than Tempest!

vintageluvs Says:

2015-02-21T17:56:00

What a beautifully distinct name! I think Temperance nn Percy is really adorable! XD

britkarma Says:

2014-10-06T00:53:51

I know a young girl with this name, never had heard it before her, they call her Temp as well, it's a beautiful melodic sounding name. This girl is long wavy hair adorable, sweet as can be with a hint of badass, I think it's the name. Really nice name!

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:

2014-10-05T04:12:25

I don't think this beautiful name is near as bad as Nameberry makes it out to be.

SunKissedChild Says:

2014-08-19T06:45:00

This is such a guilty pleasure of mine! I'm not into virtue names, but I adore this one. I'm a huge "Bones" fan and I love Temperance thanks to the show. I really like the nickname Tempe as well :)

jredwood Says:

2014-06-22T21:30:29

I like the name. It's definitely on my list of possible names.

Sunshine Kid Says:

2014-03-06T13:21:47

It sounds antique and swoonworthy!

loopybex123 Says:

2014-02-28T23:57:23

I have a baby Temperance, love the name and suits her :)