Templin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Celtic origin of the name Templin 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 Templin features a double diminutive, formed from the suffixes -el and -in.

Early Origins of the Templin family

The surname Templin 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, which in the north of Wales was commonly replaced by an 'a' hence Tamlyn.

Early History of the Templin family

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

Templin Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Templin name over the years has been spelled Tamblyn, Taplin, Tapling, Tomblyn, Tomlyn, Tomline and many more.

Early Notables of the Templin family (pre 1700)

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Templin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Templin migration to the United States +

Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Templin:

Templin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Templin, aged 56, who landed in America, in 1895
Templin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bertha Templin, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • James R. Templin, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Curtis Templin, who immigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Helen Templin, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Templin (post 1700) +

  • Diane Beall Templin (b. 1947), American third-party candidate for President of the United States
  • Robert Lewis Templin Jr., American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 6th Circuit, 1967-85
  • H. Elaine Templin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1996
  • Ellen Templin, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1979
  • Diane Beall Templin (b. 1947), American politician, Representative from California 50th District, 2004
  • A. E. Templin, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona 1st District, 1948
  • Janusz Templin (b. 1928), French former football striker

The Templin 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.

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