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Where did the Scottish Templeton family come from? What is the Scottish Templeton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Templeton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Templeton family history?

The age-old Scottish surname Templeton was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The Templeton family lived at the village of Templeton in the county of Ayrshire.


In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Templeton has been spelled Templeton, Tempilton, Templeton, Temperton and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Templeton research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1320 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Templeton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Templeton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Templeton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Templeton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James Templeton, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Templeton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Templeton, who landed in New England in 1735
  • Janet Templeton, who arrived in New England in 1735
  • Allen Templeton, who arrived in New England in 1736-1737
  • Margaret Templeton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • John Templeton settled in New England in 1771

Templeton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Templeton settled in New York State in 1804 along with Jane
  • Jane Templeton, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Edw Templeton, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Isabella Templeton, aged 36, arrived in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1822
  • John Templeton, who landed in New York in 1822


  • Fay Templeton (1865-1939), American stage actress
  • Alec Templeton (1909-1963), English pianist, mimic, mnemonist, and satirist who made great successes despite being blind from birth
  • Bert Templeton (1940-2003), Canadian legendary junior ice hockey coach
  • Brad Templeton (b. 1960), Canadian software engineer and entrepreneur
  • Charles Bradley Templeton (1915-2001), Canadian cartoonist, evangelist, politician, newspaper editor, broadcaster and author
  • Rev. David J Templeton (1954-1997), Irish minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
  • Sir John Marks Templeton (1912-2008), American-born British Rhodes Scholar, stock investor, businessman and philanthropist named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2007
  • Hugh Campbell Templeton QSO (b. 1929), New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, and former diplomat, politician, and member of parliament for the National Party
  • Malcolm Templeton (b. 1924), former New Zealand Foreign Service officer


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The Templeton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Templeton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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