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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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The surname Tinkham was 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.

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


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


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  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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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