The Tempell name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in an area that was close to the temple.
Tempell is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Tempell were named due to their close proximity to the temple or the place of worship.
Early Origins of the Tempell family
The surname Tempell was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, and said to be descended from Leofric, the Saxon Earl of Chester, who died in 1057 before the Conquest. He left issue, Algar, Earl of Mercia and East Anglia, and the son Henry who obtained land from Robert, Earl of Leicester in the form of the Manor of Temple in Leicestershire
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
One line of this name claim Burton Dassett, Warwickshire
as their ancestral home.
Early History of the Tempell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tempell research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1637, 1611, 1599, 1663, 1645, 1653, 1606, 1680, 1613, 1674, 1657, 1670, 1634, 1697, 1628, 1699, 1669, 1749 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Tempell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tempell 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 Tempell has undergone many spelling variations
, including Temple, Tempell, Temples and others.
Early Notables of the Tempell family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Temple (1567- ca.
1637), English landowner and Member of Parliament, created 1st Baronet
Temple of Stowe, Buckinghamshire
in 1611; Peter Temple (ca. 1599-1663) of Temple Hall, an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1645 and 1653, one of the... Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tempell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tempell family to Ireland
Some of the Tempell family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Tempell family to the New World and Oceana
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 Tempell were among those contributors: Edward Temple, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Agnes Temple, who came to Virginia in 1670; Christina Tempel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1772; as well as James Temple, who settled in Virginia in New York in 1823..
The Tempell 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: Templa quam dilecta
Motto Translation: Temples, how beloved.