Show ContentsTinch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Tinch surname comes form the Old French word "tenche," which was a type of freshwater fish; as such it is thought to have evolved from a nickname. [1]

Early Origins of the Tinch family

The surname Tinch was first found in Lincolnshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 first list the name as John Tenche. [2]

Early History of the Tinch family

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Tinch Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Tinch were recorded, including Tench, Tenche, Tenches, Tenge, Tange, Tanch and others.

Early Notables of the Tinch family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Teonge (1621-1690), English chaplain in the Navy and diarist, a native of Wolverton, Warwickshire, son of George Teonge. "Previous to 1670 he was rector of Alcester. On 7 June 1670 he was...
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Tinch Ranking

In the United States, the name Tinch is the 15,969th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Tinch family to Ireland

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United States Tinch migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Tinch family emigrate to North America:

Tinch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Tinch, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [4]
  • Elizabeth Tinch, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [4]

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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) on Facebook