Last name: TEMPLE

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TEMPLE : This last name is indexed 200,741 times on Geneanet!

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TEMPLE : 1: English (northern England and London) Scottish and French: from Middle English Old French temple ‘temple’ (from Latin templum) denoting a religious house or manorial estate of the Knights Templar. The surname may be a metonymic occupational name for someone who lived or worked at such an establishment or a habitational name from a place so named such as Temple in Cornwall (Midlothian). The Knights Templar were a crusading order so named because they claimed to occupy in Jerusalem the site of the old temple. The order was founded in 1118 and flourished for 200 years but was suppressed as heretical in 1312.2: English: nickname given to foundlings baptized at the Temple Church London so called because it was originally built on land belonging to the Templars.3: Americanized form of North German or Dutch Tempel 1.

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