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

This Tinkham surname derives from the Old English word tinklere, of uncertain origin. The name is generally thought to be of occupational origin for someone who mended of pots and pans.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Tinker, Tinkler, Tink, Tinke, Tyneker, Tynekar and many more.

First found in London, where a Laurence Tinekere is in a listing from 1244-46 in "The History of St. Bartholomew's Hospital." From early times, records of Tinkham can be found in both southern and northern England.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tinkham research. Another 339 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1244, 1268, 1273, 1279, 1379, 1617, 1620, and 1621 are included under the topic Early Tinkham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tinkham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tinkham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Ephraim Tinkham, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1666

Tinkham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Hy.D. Tinkham, aged 50, who landed in America from London, in 1900
  • Wm. Hy. Tinkham, aged 17, who emigrated to America from Buckfastleigh, in 1905
  • Geo. H. Tinkham, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Madeleine Tinkham, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Martha W. Tinkham, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909


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  • George Holden Tinkham (1870-1956), member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Massachusetts
  • Michael Tinkham (1928-2010), American physicist
  • Richard P. Tinkham, co-founder of the current American Basketball Association


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The Tinkham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tinkham 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.

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