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The surname Tindall originated in or near Tynedale, the valley of the river Tyne, or in a place called Tindale, in Cumberland. Tindall is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. In this case, the surname Tindall derived from the Celtic word tina, which means to flow. This was commonly adopted as a river name. The second component of the surname comes from the Old English word dæl, which means valley. Thus, the surname Tindall referred to one who lived in the valley of the river named Tyne. The earliest records of this surname indicated that members of the Tindall family resided in Northumberland, along the banks of the River Tyne.


The surname Tindall was first found in Northumberland, where Tindale is an extensive ward or district which includes the Dale of Tyne. "The great Border family so called had their chief seat at Langley, near Haydon Bridge, and were styled in charters of temp. Henry II." [1] Langley Castle originally held by the Barons of Tynedale and from them descend the Tyndall family. The parish of Warden in Northumberland was home to another branch of the family. " The manor and church, in 1298, belonged to the monks of Hexham, to whom they had been granted, according to the record, 'from a time beyond all memory,' by Adam de Tyndale." [2] Another early record of the family was Adam de Tindal who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Northumberland in 1165. [3] William de Tyndale was also listed in Northumberland during the reign of Edward I. Thomas deo Tyndale was listed in 1317 and a few years later, William de Tyndale was listed in 1357. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Robertus de Tyndale in 1379. [4]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tindall, Tindell, Tindale, Tindal, Tyndale, Tindale, Tyndell and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tindall research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1200, 1279, 1208, 1296, 1586, 1494, 1536, 1657, 1733, 1776, 1846, 1659, 1800, 1826 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Tindall History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 137 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tindall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Tindall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tindall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Tindall settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Tindall settled in Maryland in 1669
  • Thomas Tindall, who arrived in Maryland in 1669

Tindall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Tindall, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Tindall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Tindall, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • George Tindall, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • John Tindall, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Tindall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward Tindall, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905

Tindall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Susan Tindall, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Tindall a blacksmith, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "John Pirie" in 1836
  • Frederick Tindall, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia

Tindall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • T. Tindall arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • John Tindall, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1880
  • Jacob Tindall, aged 37, a joiner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
  • Anne Tindall, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
  • Martha Tindall, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883


  • Harry Lee Tindall (b. 1942), American lawyer, law reform advocate, and author, co-founder of Tindall & England, P.C. in Houston, Texas
  • Howard Wilson "Bill" Tindall Jr. (1925-1995), NASA engineer and manager during the Apollo program
  • George Brown Tindall (1921-2006), American historian and author
  • Blair Tindall, American Grammy Award nominated oboist, performer, producer, speaker, and journalist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Michael "Mike" Tindall (1941-1941), former English professional footballer
  • Eric Norton Tindall (b. 1944), Australian rugby union player
  • Edwin Tindall, Australian first-class cricket for New South Wales in the late 1800s
  • The Rt Rev Gordon Leslie Tindall (1910-1969), British clergyman, 8th Bishop of Grahamstown
  • Keith Tindall, English former professional rugby league footballer
  • Gillian Tindall, British Somerset Maugham Award winning writer



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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

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  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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