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I don't like this name on a human, and I definitely wouldn't suggest it as a boy's name.
Luvbug86  8/31/2018
I love it on a girl, but not a boy. I also like Temperance and Tempest. Temple Grandin is awesome, I saw her in a show and she was so intelligent and outspoken.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2017
Shirley Temple, (1928-2014), child actress.
DundiculutNicholas  1/30/2017
I found a cat at the local shelter the other day that bears a strong resemblance to my own. When I looked down at the little name tag on her kennel, I was surprised to find that they call her Temple. She was small and tawny colored with a sweet face. Since then I've been wondering where they came up with the name Temple for a pet. Maybe they are implying that she is special enough to worship?
― Anonymous User  1/17/2017
I named my youngest daughter Temple. I felt like it was a strong female name, fit in with the "not so common, but not unheard of" names the rest of the family shares (including her father's and mine)... and also thought of it as kind of a play on other Texas city names (Dallas, Austin). When I went into labor I googled the date to pass time and found out she was to be born on Shirley Temple's birthday, ha! The coincidence was the only doubt I had over the name (thought people would think it was on purpose and corny), but decided it was actually pretty neat that it worked out like that.

Little over three years later and I can certainly say the name fits her to a "T".

Sweet T.
MsJaNaeValentine  6/10/2016
Instead of saying it is from the Knights Templar, it should just be referred to as the religious house for worship used for Jews, Hindu's and others. The Knights Templar is a Mexican cartel in modern times, I see from research that it was different 1000 years ago.
Kidwins9  2/10/2016
I know a Temple and she is perfectly fine with her name. It's pretty and, having known her my whole life, it never struck me as odd. Though it is weird when I look at it objectively. However, I think it's nice and has a good meaning. I also know of a guy named Temple.
silly_rabbit  9/3/2015
This name can be used for either males or females.

My son bears this name and has always enjoyed favorable reactions. It fits him perfectly as it does the man for whom he was named.
avantine  5/26/2014
I think having an unusual name has its advantages and some may say disadvantages. With this name people either love it or hate it. Whichever way it is always a great conversation starter. I consider it a female name as I am yet to meet a male with this name...[infact I am the only Temple I know with exception to Temple Grandin in the US so that's 2 for the girls!] I have been told that in New Zealand a common Maori name for girls is Temepara which translates to Temple in English... Temple from Australia.
teeleef3  3/23/2014
I can respect the thought and attempt of the name... but no justice is dealt. "Mason" is and was traditionally a surname for men who worked in stone masonry (of course, the contemporary world has felt the need to taint it as a first name). "Templar" could very easily be a last name. "Temple," given first, either gender, is quite frankly unneeded. It is unprofessional, childish, pretentious, pompous-- and need I say it? Ugly.
I imagine a Jewish Temple... which is all well and good-- but keep in mind, I am Roman Catholic and would never consider a child to bear the name "Church."

My only plea is that expectant parents come to a decision that will only aid your little blessing's future. Unfortunately, "Temple" will prevent a career to arrive in timely manner.
Francesca  5/8/2011
Hm. I'm not sure what I think of Temple. It's certainly very... odd; not exactly 'nice' or 'pretty'. I do like Tempest, though, and Temple reminds me of it, but I don't like Temple as much.
It just feels too... I'm not sure how to express it. Surname-ish?
Lunar_Wolf  8/5/2010
I admire Temple Grandin very much (coming from a farming background), but I just view Temple as more of a last name.
Hannah_E  6/15/2010
A popular Sunday school lesson at my church is "YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE". The message is, treat your body with respect - no tattoos, sex, drugs, etc. To keep your "temple" pure. So that's what this name reminds me of - mostly, sexual abstinence and the human body - which is slightly awkward.

On the other hand, a temple is a place that people love and revere and, some people believe, the house of God. It's where people go to receive divine inspiration or insight or simply to feel closer to God. So I can also see the beauty of this name.
― Anonymous User  8/3/2009
Shirley Temple was a child star in the 1930's.
number1212  12/18/2008
I really like this name. I don't know if I would use it, but a close friend's father has this name and when I first met him, I was intrigued by his name! I had never heard it before. I think the name is great, especially if you are wanting to use unique names.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2008
William Temple Franklin (familiarly called Temple) was a grandson of Benjamin Franklin. He was named Temple to signify that he was born while his father was studying the law at Middle Temple.
Raymondmorgenthau  11/29/2008
Sorry, but this doesn't really sound right as a name to me. It makes me think of buildings for religious ceremonies and the part of the head. After all, those are the two meanings of this word! The second syllable doesn't sound very nice anyway. I've heard of Temple Grandin, and I'll give him credit for bringing attention to Asperger Syndrome and autism in general, but I just don't like the name.
slight night shiver  5/9/2008
Temple Grandin is a "her" and a famous female bearer of the name.
― Anonymous User  3/21/2009
Temple Grandin is a autism rights activist.
spaz123  3/1/2008
Temple Grandin, a high-functioning autistic who has done extensive research on the subject, and is also the inventor of the Hug Machine.

Here is the link to her Wikipedia page:
telephonesnow  10/16/2010
I think this is so cute for a little girl!
elysa  4/11/2007
Hmm, I can't picture this as a person name.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2007

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