Temple Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Templer, Semple, Kemble, Detemple, Tempel, Tremble, Timpe, Templar

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Temple Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Temple. 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


  • Norway


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Temple Family Origin

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Temple Family Occupations

What did your Temple ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Temple family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Temple. The most common Temple occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Temple's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Temple Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 183,000 census records available for the last name Temple. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Temple 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Temple. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Temple. For the veterans among your Temple ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Temple Life Expectancy

What is the average Temple lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Temple life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Temple in 1942 was 36, and 78 in 2004.

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