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Where did the English Thomlinson family come from? What is the English Thomlinson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Thomlinson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Thomlinson family history?

The Thomlinson name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Thomlinson is derived from the personal name Thomas. Thomlinson is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. This surname came out of the religious given name tradition, and derived from the personal name Thomas, which means twin. Thomas was a popular name, owing to its biblical origins.


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 Thomlinson were recorded, including Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.

First found in Durham where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thomlinson research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1811, 1617 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Thomlinson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thomlinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Thomlinson family emigrate to North America:

Thomlinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James and Joseph Thomlinson settled in Barbados in 1635
  • John Thomlinson, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Thomas Thomlinson settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Tho Thomlinson, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Joseph Thomlinson settled in America in 1663

Thomlinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Thomlinson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1741

Thomlinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Thomlinson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1832
  • Elizabeth Thomlinson, aged 3, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Elizth Thomlinson, aged 37, landed in New York in 1868
  • George Thomlinson, aged 7, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Annie Thomlinson, aged 13, arrived in New York in 1868

Thomlinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann Thomlinson, aged 17, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842


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The Thomlinson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thomlinson 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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