The ancestors of the Tempil surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in an area that was close to the temple.
Tempil 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 Tempil were named due to their close proximity to the temple or the place of worship.
Early Origins of the Tempil family
The surname Tempil 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 Tempil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tempil 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 Tempil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tempil Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tempil include Temple, Tempell, Temples and others.
Early Notables of the Tempil 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 Tempil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tempil family to Ireland
Some of the Tempil family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tempil family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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 Tempil 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.