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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.

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The surname Templeton was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 United States in the 17th Century

  • James Templeton, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Templeton Settlers in 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
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Templeton Settlers in 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
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Templeton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Templeton, who landed in Canada in 1828

Templeton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Robert Templeton of Glen Luce in Scotland died in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1904

Templeton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Templeton, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Sarah Templeton, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • Elizabeth Templeton, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Templeton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Henry Templeton, aged 22, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Samuel Templeton, aged 43, a hammerman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • Margaret Templeton, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • Catherine Templeton, aged 20, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • Elizabeth Templeton, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
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  • Fay Templeton (1865-1939), American stage actress
  • Hugh Campbell Templeton QSO (b. 1929), New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, and former diplomat, politician, and member of parliament for the National Party
  • 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
  • Malcolm Templeton (b. 1924), former New Zealand Foreign Service officer
  • Rev. David J Templeton (1954-1997), Irish minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
  • Charles Bradley Templeton (1915-2001), Canadian cartoonist, evangelist, politician, newspaper editor, broadcaster and author
  • Brad Templeton (b. 1960), Canadian software engineer and entrepreneur
  • Bert Templeton (1940-2003), Canadian legendary junior ice hockey coach
  • Alec Templeton (1909-1963), English pianist, mimic, mnemonist, and satirist who made great successes despite being blind from birth
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    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    10. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
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