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The distinguished surname Tompkins 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."
The surname Tompkins was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times and were Lords of the manor of Monington.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Tompkins, Tomkins, Tomkyns, Thomkins, Thompkins and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tompkins 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 Tompkins History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tompkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Tompkins 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.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tompkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas and William, and Ralph, Samuel, Mary, and Katherine Tompkins, who settled in Boston in 1635
- John Tompkins, who settled in Virginia in 1636
- Thomas Tompkins, who landed in Virginia in 1637
- Ralph Tompkins, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1638
- John Tompkins, who landed in Virginia in 1638
Tompkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary Tompkins, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1720
Tompkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ezra C Tompkins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1875
Tompkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Tompkins, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Charles Tompkins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849
- William Tompkins, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"
Tompkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Joseph Tompkins, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
- Douglas Rainsford Tompkins (1943-2015), American conservationist, businessman and founder of the outdoor clothing company The North Face
- Brian Tompkins, English-born, Yale Varsity Soccer coach
- Calvin Tompkins, American Democrat politician, National Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 10th District, 1896
- Caleb Tompkins (1759-1846), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County, 1804-06; U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1817-21
- Bernard Tompkins, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 8th District, 1956; Defeated, 1954, 1956
- Arthur Sidney Tompkins (1865-1938), American Republican politician, Chair of Rockland County Republican Party, 1888; Member of New York State Assembly from Rockland County, 1890; Rockland County Surrogate, 1893-98
- Arthur S. Tompkins (b. 1881), American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Albany County 3rd District, 1919; Albany County Coroner
- Arthur H. Tompkins, American politician, Burgess of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 1937
- Calvin Tompkins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920
- Christopher Tompkins (1780-1858), American politician, Member of Kentucky State Legislature, 1805; U.S. Representative from Kentucky, 1831-35
- The 7th U.S. Cavalry's Own Colonel Tommy Tompkins: A Military Heritage and Tradition by John M. Carrol.
- Travels in Search of an Ancestor: with Genealogies of the Tompkins, Kingsley, Kirkland (et al) Families by Grace Tompkins Walker.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
The Tompkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tompkins 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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