The ancestors of the O'Timon 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 O'Timon is ultimately derived from the personal names Timothy or Thomas. The Gaelic form of the surname O'Timon is Mac Toimin.
Early Origins of the O'Timon family
The surname O'Timon 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.
Early History of the O'Timon family
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O'Timon Spelling Variations
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 O'Timon revealed many spelling variations
including Timmons, Timmins, O'Timmon, O'Timmons, Tymon, McToimin and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Timon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Timon family to the New World and Oceana
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 O'Timon: 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.