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Tingey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Tingey, like many surnames, is occupational in origin, referring to the job that the first bearer did for a living. In this case, it is metonymic, coming not from the name of the occupation itself, but rather from the product made. A tingle is a very small nail, often used in the making of shoes. The first Tingey was most likely someone who made such nails.

Early Origins of the Tingey family


The surname Tingey was first found in Cambridgeshire, where the name first appeared in the early 13th century.

Early History of the Tingey family


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Tingey Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Tingel, Tingle, Tyngil, Tyngyl, Tingler and many more.

Early Notables of the Tingey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Tingey family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Tingle, who came to Virginia in 1650; as well as Hugh Tingles who arrived in Maryland in 1668.

Contemporary Notables of the name Tingey (post 1700)


  • Martha Jane Horne Tingey (1857-1938), American second general president of the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1905-1929)
  • Earl Carr Tingey (b. 1934), American general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1961
  • Thomas Tingey (1750-1829), American Commodore of the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Tingey (DD-272), a Clemson-class destroyer, USS Tingey (TB-34), a Blakely-class torpedo boat and the USS Tingey (DD-539), a Fletcher-class destroyer
  • C. S. Tingey, American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Utah, 1911
  • Allan S. Tingey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1936

The Tingey Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Confido non confundar
Motto Translation: I trust and shall not be confounded.


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