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Temple Family History

Temple Name Meaning
English and French: occupational name or habitational name for someone who was employed at or lived near one of the houses (‘temples’) maintained by the Knights Templar, a crusading order so named because they claimed to occupy in Jerusalem the site of the old temple (Middle English, Old French temple, Latin templum). The order was founded in 1118 and flourished for 200 years, but was suppressed as heretical in 1312.English: name given to foundlings baptized at the Temple Church, London, so called because it was originally built on land belonging to the Templars.Scottish: habitational name from the parish of Temple in Edinburgh, likewise named because it was the site of the local headquarters of the Knights Templar.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Temple Families

  • Number of Temple families
     138 - 274
     47 - 137
     1 - 46
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Temple families
     314 - 626
     105 - 313
     1 - 104
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Temple families
     56 - 110
     19 - 55
     1 - 18
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Temple Family Origin

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Temple Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Temple

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Temple Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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