The ancestors of the Timmin surname in Ireland
are thought to have arrived with or in the wake of the 12th century Anglo/ Norman invasion
of the Emerald Isle, led by Strongbow
. The surname Timmin is ultimately derived from the personal names Timothy or Thomas. The Gaelic form of the surname Timmin is Mac Toimin.
Early Origins of the Timmin family
The surname Timmin was first found in counties Wicklow
and Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster
in the South East of Ireland
, from 1172. Timon of Athens ( fl.
431 BC) was a citizen of Athens whose misanthropy grew to legendary status. He was the inspiration for Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (The Life of Tymon of Athens), one of his first tragedies.
Early History of the Timmin family
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Timmin Spelling Variations
A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Timmin has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations
over the years. A few of its variants include: Timmons, Timmins, O'Timmon, O'Timmons, Tymon, McToimin and many more.
Early Notables of the Timmin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Timmin family to the New World and Oceana
experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families
. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Timmin: Margaret Timmins from St. Mullins in Carlow who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1819; Lawrence Timmons settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1822.