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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.

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The surname Timme was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from ancient times before the Conquest in 1066.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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
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  • Ernst G. Timme, American politician, 13th Secretary of State of Wisconsin (1882-1891)
  • Maynard W. Timme, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972
  • Ernst G. Timme, American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Wisconsin, 1882-91
  • Philipp Timme, German cinematographer of over 50 titles
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    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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