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Early Origins of the Tinsley family

The surname Tinsley 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 Tinsley family

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Tinsley 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 Tinsley family (pre 1700)

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Tinsley Ranking

In the United States, the name Tinsley is the 2,082nd most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Tinsley family to Ireland

Some of the Tinsley 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 Tinsley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tinsley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Seth Tinsley, who arrived in Maryland in 1656 [7]
  • Thomas Tinsley, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [7]
Tinsley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Tinsley, who settled in Annapolis in 1723
  • Ann Tinsley, who settled in New England in 1754
  • John Tinsley, who landed in America in 1765 [7]
Tinsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Tinsley, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1823
Tinsley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Clair Tinsley, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Edith D. Tinsley, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Elias Tinsley, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Edith Tinsley, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1911
  • F. W. Tinsley, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Tinsley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tinsley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Gabriel Tinsley, English convict who was convicted in Kirkdale, Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [8]
  • John William Tinsley, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad" [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tinsley (post 1700) +

  • Lee Owen Tinsley (1969-2023), American MLB outfielder who played from 1993 to 1997 for the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies
  • Kelly Tinsley, American actress and production assistant, known for her work on Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade (2006), Small Town Conspiracy (2003) and Virgins (2001)
  • Dave Tinsley, American Primetime Emmy Award nominated sound engineer, known for Our Italian Husband (2004), The Tiger and the Snow and Sword of War (2009)
  • Clarice Tinsley, American actress, known for Prison Break, Walker (2005), Texas Ranger (1993) and The Good Guys (2010)
  • Christien Tinsley (b. 1974), American Academy Award and Primetime Emmy Award winning makeup artist, known for I Am Legend (2007), The Passion of the Christ (2004) and xXx (2002)
  • William Tinsley (1804-1885), Irish-born, American architect, known for his prestigious buildings in the Midwestern United States
  • Theodore A. Tinsley (1894-1979), American author, best known for his 27 stories featuring The Shadow for "The Shadow Magazine" pulp magazine
  • Jeffrey Tinsley, American businessman, founder and current Chairman and CEO of founded in 2002
  • Jamaal Lee Tinsley (b. 1978), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Edward Roy Tinsley (b. 1952), American attorney, rancher, and businessman who franchised 16 K-Bob's Steakhouse throughout New Mexico and his native Texas
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Tinsley +

  • From Totopotomy to Transylvannia: A Descendancy Line of the Tinsley Family in America Since 1638 by Jim Bob Tinsley.

  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022).
  9. South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Hyderabad 1854. Retrieved on Facebook