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The ancestors of the Tomlin surname in Ireland are thought to have arrived with or in the wake of the 12th century Anglo/ Norman invasion of the Emerald Isle, led by Strongbow. The surname Tomlin is ultimately derived from the personal names Timothy or Thomas. The Gaelic form of the surname Tomlin is Mac Toimin.

Tomlin Early Origins



The surname Tomlin was first found in counties Wicklow and Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster in the South East of Ireland, from 1172. Timon of Athens ( fl. 431 BC) was a citizen of Athens whose misanthropy grew to legendary status. He was the inspiration for Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (The Life of Tymon of Athens), one of his first tragedies.

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Tomlin Spelling Variations


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Tomlin Spelling Variations



During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations for the name Tomlin include Timmons, Timmins, O'Timmon, O'Timmons, Tymon, McToimin and many more.

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Tomlin Early History


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Tomlin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tomlin research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Tomlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tomlin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tomlin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Tomlin:

Tomlin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Tomlin arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Mathew Tomlin, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Henry Tomlin, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Henry Tomlin, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • William Tomlin, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tomlin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Tomlin, who arrived in Virginia in 1702

Tomlin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Tomlin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Tomlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Tomlin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849
  • William Tomlin, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  • Thomas Tomlin, aged 36, a carter, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"

Tomlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Tomlin landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard Tomlin landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Tomlin, aged 54, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Tomlin, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Richard Tomlin, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tomlin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tomlin (post 1700)



  • Mrs. E. M. Tomlin, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1972
  • A. C. Tomlin, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Iredell County, 1883-84
  • Elaine Tomlin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004
  • Jacob G. Tomlin, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Gloucester County, 1855-56
  • Jim Tomlin, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 12th District, 1992
  • L. J. Tomlin, American politician, Mayor of Signal Hill, California, 1952-53
  • Mervin W. Tomlin (1893-1938), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from St. Clair County 1st District, 1935-38
  • Notley D. Tomlin, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Iredell County, 1909-12
  • Richard H. Tomlin, American politician, Mayor of Portsmouth, Ohio, 1837-38, 1844-46
  • Robyn Tomlin (b. 1971), American journalist and newspaper editor
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Tomlin Historic Events


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Tomlin Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Francis G  Tomlin (1881-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Miss Veronica  Tomlin (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Francis Tomlin, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Ernest Portage Tomlin (d. 1912), aged 22, Canadian Third Class passenger from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Other References

  1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  10. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  11. ...

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