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Tambling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Celtic origin of the name Tambling was long ago developed in Wales. This surname comes from the names Tam, Thom, and Tom, which are pet forms of the personal name Thomas. The surname Tambling features a double diminutive, formed from the suffixes -el and -in.

Early Origins of the Tambling family

The surname Tambling was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where they were conjecturally descended from Elystan Glodrydd, Prince of Fferllys, through Thomas of Llyn Madoc. Hence Tomlyn, which in the north of Wales was commonly replaced by an 'a' hence Tamlyn.

Early History of the Tambling family

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Tambling Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Tambling has occasionally been spelled Tamblyn, Taplin, Tapling, Tomblyn, Tomlyn, Tomline and many more.

Early Notables of the Tambling family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Tambling family to Ireland

Some of the Tambling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Tambling family to the New World and Oceana

The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Tambling:

Tambling Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Nicholas Tambling, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from St. Anstell, Eng, in 1907
  • Richard Tambling, aged 8, who landed in America from Plymouth, England, in 1920
  • Rosalyn Mary Tambling, aged 4, who emigrated to America from Scorria, England, in 1920
  • Sydney Tambling, aged 11, who landed in America from Plymouth, England, in 1920
  • Elizabeth Tambling, aged 37, who landed in America from St. Austell, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tambling (post 1700)

  • Christopher Tambling (1964-2015), British composer, organist and choirmaster
  • Jeremy Tambling M.Phil, PhD (b. 1948), British academic, current Professor of Literature at the University of Manchester
  • Grant Ernest John Tambling AM (b. 1943), Australian politician, former Administrator of Norfolk Island
  • Richard Tambling (b. 1986), Australian rules footballer
  • Robert Victor "Bobby" Tambling (b. 1941), retired English footballer from Storrington, Sussex

The Tambling Motto

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quondam his vicimus armis
Motto Translation: We formerly conquered with these arms.

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