Tims History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Tims are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the Old English personal name Tima or the Old German forename Thiemmo. Contrary to some popular theories, Tims is not derived from Timothy, since that name was not introduced in England until after the Restoration.

Early Origins of the Tims family

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

Early History of the Tims family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tims research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 162 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Tims History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tims 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. Tims has been spelled many different ways, including Timms, Timm, Tymms, Times and others.

Early Notables of the Tims family (pre 1700)

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Tims Ranking

In the United States, the name Tims is the 9,620th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Tims 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 Timss to arrive in North America:

Tims Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Tims, who landed in Maryland in 1666 [2]
Tims Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Tims, who settled in Boston in 1715
  • Elizabeth Tims, who settled in America in 1744
Tims Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Tims, who arrived in Maryland in 1840 [2]

Australia Tims migration to Australia +

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

Tims Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Tims, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [3]
  • John Tims, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [3]
  • Mr. Martin Tims, English convict who was convicted in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 27th August 1852, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [4]
  • Edward George Tims, aged 14, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"
  • George Tims, aged 39, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

New Zealand Tims migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tims Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Tims, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Mr. Thomas C. Tims, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1881 [5]
  • Mrs. Clara A. Tims, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1881 [5]
  • Mr. Thomas C. Tims, Jr., British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1881 [5]
  • Mrs. C.E. Tims, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1881 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/equestrian
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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