Temperance

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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Temperance

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tem"per*ance
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  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
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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

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

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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).

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1916 5 5 0
1972 9 9 0
1973 5 5 0
1974 6 6 0
1975 6 6 0
1976 10 10 0
1977 7 7 0
1978 8 8 0
1979 13 13 0
1980 8 8 0
1981 6 6 0
1982 5 5 0
1983 8 8 0
1984 10 10 0
1985 6 6 0
1986 6 6 0
1987 6 6 0
1988 9 9 0
1989 9 9 0
1990 14 14 0
1991 13 13 0
1992 9 9 0
1993 7 7 0
1994 8 8 0
1995 10 10 0
1996 9 9 0
1997 13 13 0
1999 6 6 0
2001 8 8 0
2002 5 5 0
2004 6 6 0
2005 8 8 0
2006 20 20 0
2007 77 77 0
2008 88 88 0
2009 165 165 0
2010 213 213 0
2011 274 274 0
2012 320 320 0
2013 289 289 0
2014 322 322 0
2015 250 250 0
2016 233 233 0
2017 189 189 0

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Popularity of Temperance as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Temperance

  • How Popular is the name Temperance? Temperance is the 5,591st most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Temperance have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,698 babies born with the first name Temperance in the United States. That's more than enough people named Temperance to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • 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 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Temperance is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name Temperance: Your name in reverse order is Ecnarepmet. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Paentrmeec. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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