name Thomkinson comes from the Aramaic personal name Thomas,
which means twin.
This became one of the most popular Christian names in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Thomkinson developed from the pet form Tom,
to which the diminutive suffix -kin
was appended. The surname also features the suffix -son,
which superseded other patronymic
suffixes in popularity during the 14th century and was most popular in the north of England
Early Origins of the Thomkinson family
The surname Thomkinson was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Reasheath from early times. Here, most of the family were found at Willington. " It is situated on the south-west side of Delamere Forest, and comprises 977a. 3r. 17p., of which, deducting 30 acres of wood, two-thirds are pasture and one-third arable land, mostly the property of Colonel Tomkinson. The mansion of Colonel Tomkinson, standing on the borders of the forest, is a modern and elegant building in the Elizabethan style." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Thomkinson family
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Thomkinson Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Thomkinson were recorded, including Tomkinson, Tompkinson, Thomkinson, Thompkinson and others.
Early Notables of the Thomkinson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thomkinson family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Thomkinson family emigrate to North America: Andrew Tomkinson arrived in Philadelphia in 1855; Thomas Tomkinson arrived in Philadelphia in 1853; Arthur and Joseph Tomkinson arrived in Philadelphia in 1860.