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

The distinguished surname Tomkins is of English origin. It is derived from the first name "Tom," the popular diminutive of the name "Thomas," and, when combined with the Medieval suffix of endearment "kin," means "son of dear little Tom."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Tompkins, Tomkins, Tomkyns, Thomkins, Thompkins and others.

First found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times and were Lords of the manor of Monington.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tomkins research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1572, 1656, 1569, 1636, 1624, 1629, 1605, 1674, 1640 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Tomkins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tomkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Tomkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words(6 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:

Tomkins Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Elizabeth Tomkins, aged 18, arrived in America in 1635
  • Marie Tomkins, aged 14, landed in America in 1635
  • Ralph Tomkins, aged 50, landed in New England in 1635
  • Samvel Tomkins, aged 22, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Henry Tomkins, who landed in Virginia in 1652


Tomkins Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mathew Tomkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1700

Tomkins Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Tomkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1887

Tomkins Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Arthur Burtin Tomkins, who landed in Michigan in 1907

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  • Calvin Tomkins (b. 1925), American author and art critic for The New Yorker magazine
  • Silvan Solomon Tomkins (1911-1991), American psychologist and personality theorist
  • James Tomkins (b. 1989), English footballer
  • Trevor Ramsey Tomkins (b. 1941), English jazz drummer
  • Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), English composer
  • Joel Tomkins (b. 1987), English professional rugby league footballer
  • Rt. Rev. Oliver Tomkins, World Council of Churches
  • Sir Edward Tomkins, Ambassador to France
  • James Tomkins (b. 1965), Australian rower and a three-time Olympic gold medalist
  • Paddy Tomkins, Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police


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