Tinney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tinney family

The surname Tinney was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Tinsley, a parochial chapelry, in the union of Rotherham, S. division of the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill. [1]

The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Tineslauue [2] and literally meant "mound of a man called Tynni, " from the Old English personal name + "hlaw." [3]

However, the earliest record of the name was not found in Yorkshire but in Surrey where Adam de Tindesle was listed in the Pipe Rolls in 1207. Richard de Tyntesle was listed in Sussex in 1327. [4] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1372 lists Lecia de Tyneslawe. [5]

Early History of the Tinney family

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Tinney Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tinsley, Tinslie, Tinslay, Townsley, Tinsleigh, Tinsly, Townsleigh, Townslie, Townslay, Tounslie, Tounsleigh, Tounsly, Tounsley, Taunslie, Taunsley, Taunsleigh, Taunsly and many more.

Early Notables of the Tinney family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Tinney family to Ireland

Some of the Tinney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tinney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tinney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nath Tinney, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [6]
  • William Tinney, who arrived in Virginia in 1709 [6]

New Zealand Tinney migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tinney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Tinney, (b. 1851), aged 26, Cornish farm labourer departing on 5th November 1877 aboard the ship "Carnatic" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st February 1878 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tinney (post 1700) +

  • Harold Tinney, American patriarch of the Tinney family of Cumberland, Rhode Island, owner of Belcourt Castle, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Jessica Tinney (b. 1984), American beauty queen from Birmingham, Alabama, Miss Alabama 2005
  • Allen "Al" Tinney (1921-2002), American jazz pianist
  • Charles W. Tinney, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Randolph County, 1954
  • Stuart Tinney (b. 1964), Australian gold medalist equestrian rider at the 2000 Summer Olympics


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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