Thompkinson is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came 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 Thompkinson 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which superseded other patronymic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 Thompkinson family
The surname Thompkinson 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 Thompkinson family
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Thompkinson Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Thompkinson have been found, including Tomkinson, Tompkinson, Thomkinson, Thompkinson and others.
Early Notables of the Thompkinson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thompkinson family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Thompkinson, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Andrew Tomkinson arrived in Philadelphia in 1855; Thomas Tomkinson arrived in Philadelphia in 1853; Arthur and Joseph Tomkinson arrived in Philadelphia in 1860.