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Where did the Irish Timmons family come from? What is the Irish Timmons family crest and coat of arms? When did the Timmons family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Timmons family history?

The ancestors of the Timmons surname in Ireland are thought to have arrived with or in the wake of the 12th century Anglo/ Norman invasion of the Emerald Isle, led by Strongbow. The surname Timmons is ultimately derived from the personal names Timothy or Thomas. The Gaelic form of the surname Timmons is Mac Toimin.

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Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Timmons revealed many spelling variations including Timmons, Timmins, O'Timmon, O'Timmons, Tymon, McToimin and many more.

First found in counties Wicklow and Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster in the South East of Ireland, from 1172.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Timmons research. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Timmons History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Timmons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Timmons:

Timmons Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Timmons arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773

Timmons Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Timmons, who landed in New York in 1845
  • G H Timmons, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Daniel Timmons, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

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  • Kelly Timmons (b. 1984), American illustrator and comic book artist
  • Robert Henry "Bobby" Timmons (b. 1935), American jazz pianist and composer
  • Rick Timmons (b. 1957), American painter
  • Bob Timmons, American college head coach of men's basketball
  • Larry "Lal" Timmons (1948-1997), Irish Catholic missionary, who worked in Africa


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  • The Timms of Waterloo County: A Chronicle by Barbara Timm Arndt.
  • Timms-Weir: The Ancestry of William Robert Tims of Augusta, Texas by Janet Scott Weir.
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The Timmons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Timmons Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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