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

Talmadge is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person who habitually wore a knapsack or other type of pack carried on the back. The surname Talmadge is derived from the Old French word talemache, which means knapsack. Nickname surnames often referred to the bearer's favored style of clothing.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Talmadge has appeared include Talmach, Talmage, Talmash, Tammadge, Tammage, Tallemach, Tollemache, Tolmage and many more.

First found in Suffolk where, according to Doctor Bosworth, they were amongst the first Angles that settled in Suffolk. On their manor house at Bentley, near Ipswich there was the following inscription "Before the Normans into England came, Bentley was my seat, and Tollemache was my name."


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Talmadge research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1611, 1821, 1624, 1669, 1651, 1694, 1624 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Talmadge History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Talmadge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Talmadge arrived in North America very early:

Talmadge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Talmadge settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with his wife
  • Thomas Talmadge settled in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife in 1630
  • Thomas Talmadge, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1631

Talmadge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. E. Talmadge, aged 69, who landed in America, in 1895

Talmadge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Aron Talmadge, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1900
  • Elizabeth S. Talmadge, who settled in America, in 1903
  • John F Talmadge, who emigrated to America, in 1904
  • Henry Talmadge, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • L. E. Talmadge, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1907


  • Richard Talmadge (1892-1981), Swiss-born, American actor, stuntman and film director
  • Norma Talmadge (1893-1957), American actress, best known for her work on Smiliní Through (1922)
  • Natalie Talmadge (1896-1969), American silent film star, wife of silent film actor and comedian Buster Keaton
  • James Talmadge (b. 1947), American painter
  • Herman Talmadge (1913-2002), American politician
  • Eugene Talmadge (1884-1946), American politician, 67th Governor of Georgia from 1933 to 1937
  • Constance Talmadge (1897-1973), American silent movie star


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Confido conquiesco
Motto Translation: I trust and am contented.


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

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 00:34.

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