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

The surname Tindell originated in or near Tynedale, the valley of the river Tyne, or in a place called Tindale, in Cumberland. Tindell is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. In this case, the surname Tindell derived from the Celtic word tina, which means to flow. This was commonly adopted as a river name. The second component of the surname comes from the Old English word dæl, which means valley. Thus, the surname Tindell referred to one who lived in the valley of the river named Tyne. The earliest records of this surname indicated that members of the Tindell family resided in Northumberland, along the banks of the River Tyne.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Tindall, Tindell, Tindale, Tindal, Tyndale, Tindale, Tyndell and many more.

First found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times along the banks of the River Tyne.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tindell research. Another 327 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1200, 1279, 1208, 1296, 1st , 1586, 1494, 1536, 1657, 1733, 1776 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Tindell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 137 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tindell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Tindell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tindell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Tindell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • Sean J. Tindell (b. 1973), American politician, Member of the Mississippi Senate (2012-)
  • Harry J. Tindell (b. 1960), American politician, Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives


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The Tindell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tindell 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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