Show ContentsTalmage History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Alternatively, this Norman name could have literally meant "totting of the bell." [1]

Early Origins of the Talmage family

The surname Talmage was 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." [2] [3]

Early History of the Talmage family

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Talmage Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Talmage has undergone many spelling variations, including Talmach, Talmage, Talmash, Tammadge, Tammage, Tallemach, Tollemache, Tolmage and many more.

Early Notables of the Talmage family

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Lionel Tollemache (1624-1669), 3rd Baronet of Helmingham was the head of a powerful East Anglian family whose seat was...
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Talmage Ranking

In the United States, the name Talmage is the 14,459th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Talmage migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Talmage were among those contributors:

Talmage Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Talmage, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630 [5]
  • Thomas Talmage, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634 [5]
  • Thomas, Talmage Jr., who landed in Long Island in 1650 [5]
Talmage Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W H Talmage, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Talmage (post 1700) +

  • John Van Nest Talmage (1819-1892), American Protestant Christian missionary to Amoy, China
  • David W. Talmage (b. 1919), American immunologist
  • Tunis V. P. Talmage, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 4th District, 1875-76 [6]
  • John D. Talmage, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 1st District, 1936 [6]
  • DeWitt C. Talmage, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Suffolk County 1st District, 1911-12, 1914-18 [6]
  • David T. Talmage, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1836-38 [6]
  • Daniel W. Talmage, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 4th District, 1880 [6]
  • C. E. Talmage, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1974 [6]
  • Charles George Talmage FRAS (1840-1886), British astronomer
  • Algernon Talmage (1871-1939), British Impressionist painter, best known as tutor to Emily Carr, one of Canada's Group of Seven

The Talmage Motto +

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.

  1. Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook