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

Timme is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old English personal name Tima or the Old German forename Thiemmo. Contrary to some popular theories, Timme is not derived from Timothy, since that name was not introduced in England until after the Restoration.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Timme has undergone many spelling variations, including Timms, Timm, Tymms, Times and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from ancient times before the Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Timme research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Timme History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Timme Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Timme were among those contributors:

Timme Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Heinrich Timme, who arrived in Long Island in 1781

Timme Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charlotte Timme, aged 21, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Anna Timme, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Frieda Timme, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1893

Timme Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wilhelm Timme, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1900
  • Edward Timme, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1901
  • Minnie Timme, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1905
  • Otto Timme, aged 31, who settled in America from Kingston, in 1905
  • Esther Timme, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1908


  • Ernst G. Timme, American politician, 13th Secretary of State of Wisconsin (1882-1891)
  • Philipp Timme, German cinematographer of over 50 titles



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

This page was last modified on 26 May 2013 at 09:46.

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