Tomlins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Tomlins family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the personal name Thomas. Tomlins is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. This surname came out of the religious given name tradition, and derived from the personal name Thomas, which means twin. Thomas was a popular name, owing to its biblical origins. [1]

Early Origins of the Tomlins family

The surname Tomlins was first found in Durham where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.

By the time of the Edward I (1312-1377), John Tomelyn and John Thomelyn were both listed in Somerset. [2] Later, in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, Robert Thomelynsone and Henricus Thomlynson were listed. [3]

Early History of the Tomlins family

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Tomlins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Tomlins have been found, including Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.

Early Notables of the Tomlins family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Matthew Thomlinson or Tomlinson (1617-1681), an English soldier who fought for Parliament in the English Civil War, he was a regicide of Charles I, but escaped punishment at the Restoration...
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United States Tomlins migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Tomlins, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Tomlins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Tomlins, aged 30, who arrived in New England in 1635 [4]
  • Thomas Tomlins, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [4]
  • Thomas Tomlins, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [4]

Australia Tomlins migration to Australia +

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

Tomlins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Tomlins, (b. 1783), aged 20, British convict who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1819 [5]
  • Mr. Henry Tomlins, British Convict who was convicted in Worcester, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • John Tomlins, English Convict from Salop, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tomlins (post 1700) +

  • Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins (1762-1841), English legal writer, born in London, the eldest son of Thomas Tomlins (d. 1815), solicitor and clerk to the Company of Painter-Stainers, descended from the family of Tomlins in the neighbourhood of Ledbury in Herefordshire and of Hereford
  • Frederick Guest Tomlins (1804-1867), English journalist who worked for Whittaker & Co., publishers, London, as publishing clerk and literary assistant to George Byrom Whittaker

HMS Hood
  • Mr. George Tomlins (b. 1912), Scottish Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Tamochside, Lanarkshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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