Tamplin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Celtic origin of the name Tamplin was long ago developed in Wales. This surname comes from the names Tam, Thom, and Tom, which are pet forms of the personal name Thomas. The surname Tamplin features a double diminutive, formed from the suffixes -el and -in. [1] [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Tamplin family

The surname Tamplin was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where they were conjecturally descended from Elystan Glodrydd, Prince of Fferllys, through Thomas of Llyn Madoc. Hence Tomlyn, in North Wales was commonly replaced by an 'a' hence Tamlyn.

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Today we typically need to look beyond the spellings of these entries and concentrate on on a phonetic appreciation of the names. Peter Tamelyn was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1327. [4] "The 14th - cent. English forms are Tomelyn, Thomelyn, Tomlyn, Thomlyn." [2] In Somerset, John Tomelyn and John Thomelyn were both listed there 1 Edward III (in the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [5]

Early History of the Tamplin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tamplin research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1650, 1621, 1629, 1750, 1828, 1787, 1820, 1803, 1750, 1772 and 1774 are included under the topic Early Tamplin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tamplin Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Tamplin have included Tamblyn, Taplin, Tapling, Tomblyn, Tomlyn, Tomline and many more.

Early Notables of the Tamplin family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Richard Tomlins or Tomlyns (1563-1650), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1629; and Sir George Pretyman Tomline (1750-1828), born George Pretyman, Bishop of Lincoln (1787-1820.) He was "tutor of the younger Pitt, and bishop of Winchester, was the son of George Pretyman of Bury St. Edmunds, by his wife Susan, daughter of John Hubbard. His father represented an ancient and respectable Suffolk family which had held land at Bacton in Suffolk from the fifteenth century. Tomline (who until 1803 bore the name...
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Tamplin Ranking

In the United States, the name Tamplin is the 17,117th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]


New Zealand Tamplin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tamplin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Tamplin, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Louisa Tamplin, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Tamplin, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Louisa Tamplin, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Edward Tamplin, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tamplin (post 1700) +

  • Ken Tamplin (b. 1963), American Christian rock performer and vocal coach
  • Dave Tamplin, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Fayette County, 1936, 1952 [7]
  • Cyril Tamplin (b. 1921), former Welsh cricketer from Cardiff, Glamorgan
  • William Ewart "Bill" Tamplin (1917-1989), Welsh international rugby union player
  • Henry Pagden Tamplin (1801-1867), English cricketer from Brighton, Sussex


The Tamplin 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: Quondam his vicimus armis
Motto Translation: We formerly conquered with these arms.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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