MacToimin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the MacToimin 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 MacToimin is ultimately derived from the personal names Timothy or Thomas. The Gaelic form of the surname MacToimin is Mac Toimin.

Early Origins of the MacToimin family

The surname MacToimin was 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. Timon of Athens ( fl. 431 BC) was a citizen of Athens whose misanthropy grew to legendary status. He was the inspiration for Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (The Life of Tymon of Athens), one of his first tragedies.

Important Dates for the MacToimin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacToimin research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early MacToimin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacToimin Spelling Variations

Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name MacToimin included: Timmons, Timmins, O'Timmon, O'Timmons, Tymon, McToimin and many more.

Early Notables of the MacToimin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the MacToimin family

In the mid-19th century, Ireland experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name MacToimin: Margaret Timmins from St. Mullins in Carlow who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1819; Lawrence Timmons settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1822.

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