Semple Family History

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Semple Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: nickname from Middle English, Old French simple ‘simple’, ‘straightforward’, ‘humble’ (Latin simplus).

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

Similar surnames: Temple, Hemple, Selle, Staple, Serpe, Empie, Kemble, Sample, Searle

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Semple Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Semple name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Semple. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Semple Family Origin

Where is the Semple family from?

Semple Family Occupations

What did your Semple ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Semple occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Semple's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Semple family was Lawyer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Semple.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Lawyer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Semple ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Semple Historical Records

What Semple family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 39,000 census records available for the last name Semple. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Semple census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Semple. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Semple. For the veterans among your Semple ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Semple Life Expectancy

What is the average Semple lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Semple life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Semple in 1940 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Semple ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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