Show ContentsTimmis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Timmis is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the Old English personal name Tima or the Old German forename Thiemmo. Contrary to some popular theories, Timmis is not derived from Timothy, since that name was not introduced in England until after the Restoration.

Early Origins of the Timmis family

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

Early History of the Timmis family

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Timmis Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Timmis has been spelled many different ways, including Timms, Timm, Tymms, Times and others.

Early Notables of the Timmis family

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United States Timmis migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Timmiss to arrive in North America:

Timmis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Timmis, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]

Australia Timmis migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Timmis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Sarah Timmis, British Convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1807 [2]
  • Miss Jane Timmis, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth and Henry" on 11th February 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Timmis (post 1700) +

  • Michael Timmis, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988 [4]
  • Joseph F. Timmis, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 3rd District, 1924 [4]
  • Frank C. Timmis, American Republican politician, Chair of Clarion County Republican Party, 1927 [4]
  • Mr. Jonathan Roderick Henry Timmis O.B.E., British Colonel was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Robert James Timmis, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Gainesville, Texas, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [5]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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  5. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook