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Where did the English Tingle family come from? What is the English Tingle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tingle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tingle family history?

The name Tingle, 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 Tingle was most likely someone who made such nails.


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

First found in Cambridgeshire, where the name first appeared in the early 13th century.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tingle research. Another 298 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1209, and 1275 are included under the topic Early Tingle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Tingle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tingle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Tingle, who came to Virginia in 1650
  • John Tingle, who arrived in Virginia in 1650

Tingle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles A Tingle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Robert G. Tingle (b. 1957), American casino pit manager
  • Jimmy Tingle (b. 1955), American comic and occasional actor
  • Commander Scott David Tingle (b. 1965), American Navy test pilot and NASA astronaut candidate
  • John Saxon Tingle (b. 1931), former Australian politician
  • Sam Tingle (1921-2008), English-born, Rhodesian racing driver


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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The Tingle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tingle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 6 November 2014 at 20:48.

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