This interesting and ancient surname recorded in several spellings include Temple, Tempel, Tempell and Temprell, is indisputably associated with the famous crusaders of the 12th century known as the Knight Templars, although it has other possible origins. For most nameholders it is of early medieval English and French origin, and as such either an occupational for a horse soldier who was employed as a Templar, or who worked at the knights headquarters known as the Temple. The Knight Templars also known as the knights of St John, were a crusading order named because they claimed the right to occupy the site in Jerusalem of the original Christian temple...
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