Titmus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Titmus surname is thought to derive from the name of an English bird called a titmose or tit-mouse; as such, the name was likely originally a nickname for someone thought to resemble this bird.

Early Origins of the Titmus family

The surname Titmus was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded in Kirkham.

Early History of the Titmus family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Titmus research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1651, and 1662 are included under the topic Early Titmus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Titmus Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Titmas, Titmus, Titmuss, Tytemose, Titmouse and many more.

Early Notables of the Titmus family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Titmus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Titmus migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Titmus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Titmus, a convict sent to Virginia in 1765
  • William Titmus, who landed in America in 1765 [1]

Australia Titmus migration to Australia +

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

Titmus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Titmus, British Convict who was convicted in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 11th August 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Joseph Titmus, British convict from Gibraltar, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Titmus (post 1700) +

  • Frederick John Titmus MBE (1932-2011), English first-class cricketer; he took 2,500 wickets and made 20,000 runs in first class cricket
  • Ariarne Titmus (b. 2000), Australian swimmer who won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, two time gold medalist at the 2020 Summer Olympics
  • Steve Titmus, Tasmanian journalist/news presenter

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

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