Temperance name meaning

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in 2010

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tem"per*ance
  1. Habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; moderation; as, temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth; specifically, moderation, and sometimes abstinence, in respect to using intoxicating liquors.
  2. Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.(R)"A gentleman of all temperance." [Shak.]"He calmed his wrath with goodly temperance." [Spenser.]
  3. State with regard to heat or cold; temperature.(Obs)"Tender and delicate temperance." [Shak.]

Etymology: L. temperantia: cf. F. tempérance. See Temper (v. t.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of tempering
  2. Abstaining from excess
  3. The trait of avoiding excesses

From Anglo-Norman temperance, from Latin temperantia (“moderation, sobriety, discretion, self-control”), from temperans, present participle of temperare (“to moderate”). See temper.

  1. Habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence
    in eating and drinking
    in the indulgence of joy
  2. moderation, and sometimes abstinence, in respect to using intoxicating liquors.
  3. Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.
  4. (obsolete) State with regard to heat or cold; temperature.

Notable Persons Named Temperance

Notable Persons Named Temperance

Temperance Flowerdew

Temperance was born in 1590 in Hethersett. Temperance is also known as Yeardley and Temperance. She breathed her last breath in 1628.

Temperance "Bones" Brennan

Temperance "Bones" Brennan is an anthropologist, forensic anthropology, kinesiology, and author. Temperance is also known as Wanda Moosejaw, Roxy Scallion, Natasha, Natasha (of Boris, and Natasha).


Fun Facts about the name Temperance

  • How Popular is the name Temperance? Temperance is the 5,358th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Temperance have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,017 babies born with the first name Temperance in the United States. That's more than enough people named Temperance to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Temperance? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Temperance first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Temperance is Thursday, May 26th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Temperance born? The highest recorded use of the first name Temperance was in 2014 with a total of 322 babies.
  • Random Temperance Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Temperance is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 8 babies in New York have the same name in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Temperance: The name spelled backwards is Ecnarepmet. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Eartemnepc. How do you pronounce that?
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