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Semple Early Origins



The surname Semple was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Semple Spelling Variations


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Semple Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Semple, Simple, Sempill, Sempell, Symple, Sympell and many more.

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Semple Early History


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Semple Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Semple research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1315, 1489, 1558, 1621, 1643, 1741, 1566, 1625, 1591, 1600, 1595, 1663, 1640, 1616, 1682 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Semple History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Semple Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Semple Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Lord George Sempill; and Sir James Sempill (1566-1625), Scottish Ambassador to England (1591-1600); Robert Sempill, the younger (1595?-1663?), Scottish poet...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Semple Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Semple In Ireland


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Semple In Ireland



Some of the Semple family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 119 words (8 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Semple Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Semple, who arrived in New York in 1739
  • John Semple settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772
  • James Semple, who landed in America in 1774
  • Thomas Semple, who arrived in America in 1782
  • William Semple, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

Semple Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Semple, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • Alexander, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Joseph, Lewis, Mathew, Robert, Samuel, and William Semple all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870
  • Samuel Semple, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • John Semple, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • R H Semple, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Semple Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Semple, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Semple Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Semple, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1842

Semple Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Adam Semple arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY Bute 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyBute.gif
  • Isabella Semple arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BUTE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyBute.gif
  • Hugh Semple arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BUTE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyBute.gif
  • Thomas Semple, aged 37, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • John Semple, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Semple Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Martha J. Semple, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Semple (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Semple (post 1700)



  • Maria Keogh Semple (b. 1964), American novelist and screenwriter
  • Eugene Semple (1840-1908), American politician, 13th Governor of Washington Territory (1887-1889)
  • James Semple (1798-1866), American politician, United States Senator from Illinois (1843-1847)
  • Robert Semple (1777-1816), American-born, Canadian Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company (1815-1815)
  • Robert Semple (1887-1943), American Lieutenant Commander, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Robert B. Semple Jr. (b. 1936), American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and associate editor of The New York Times editorial page
  • Lorenzo Semple Jr. (b. 1923), American Edgar Allan Poe Award winning and New York Film Critics Circle Award winning screenwriter and sometime playwright, known for his work on the Batman television series and the movies The Parallax View (1974) and Three Days of the Condor (1975)
  • Frederick Humphrey Semple (1872-1927), American silver Olympic golfer at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Carol Semple (b. 1948), American amateur golfer
  • William "Billy" Semple (b. 1946), Scottish former professional footballer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Semple Historic Events


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Semple Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Alexander Semple, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Master John Semple, Canadian 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Agnes Semple, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Semple Clan Badge


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Semple Clan Badge




Semple Clan Badge
Semple Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BUTE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyBute.gif

Other References

  1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  11. ...

The Semple Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Semple 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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