Tomlinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Tomlinson family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the personal name Thomas. Tomlinson 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 Tomlinson family

The surname Tomlinson 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 Tomlinson family

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Tomlinson 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 Tomlinson have been found, including Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.

Early Notables of the Tomlinson 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 Tomlinson 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 Tomlinson, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Tomlinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joane Tomlinson, who landed in Virginia in 1618 [4]
  • Mathew Tomlinson, aged 31, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [4]
  • Mathew Tomlinson, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Peter Tomlinson, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Edward Tomlinson, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Tomlinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Tomlinson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1718 [4]
  • Benjamin Tomlinson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732-1733 [4]
  • Richard Tomlinson, who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1775 [4]
  • William Tomlinson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1782
Tomlinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Abel Arthur Tomlinson, who landed in America in 1811 [4]
  • George Tomlinson, who landed in New York in 1831 [4]
  • Joseph Hale Tomlinson, who landed in New York in 1831 [4]
  • Henry Tomlinson, who arrived in New York in 1833 [4]
  • Mark Tomlinson, who arrived in New York in 1840 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Tomlinson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tomlinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Tomlinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Lieut. Isaac Tomlinson U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Kings American Dragoons [5]
  • Mr. John Tomlinson U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a Tailor [5]
  • Mr. Joseph Tomlinson U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]
  • Miss. Lydia Tomlinson U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Tomlinson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Tomlinson, who arrived in Canada in 1834

Australia Tomlinson migration to Australia +

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

Tomlinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jonas Tomlinson, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • James Tomlinson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Thomas Tomlinson, aged 35, a frame smith, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Calphurnia" [8]
  • Thomas Tomlinson, aged 35, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849 [8]
  • Hannah Tomlinson, aged 35, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Tomlinson 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:

Tomlinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Tomlinson, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Richard Tomlinson, aged 35, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Dorothy Tomlinson, aged 32, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • George Tomlinson, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • James Tomlinson, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Tomlinson (post 1700) +

  • Raymond Samuel Tomlinson (1941-2016), American computer programmer who implemented the first email program on the ARPANET system, originator of the '@' separator used in e-mail addressing [9]
  • Richard Tomlinson (1827-1871), birth name of Walter Montgomery, an American-born British actor
  • Gerald Arthur Tomlinson (1933-2006), American crime writer, over 25 of his works appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, member of Mystery Writers of America in 1993 [10]
  • LaDainian Tomlinson (b. 1979), American NFL football player
  • Charles Tomlinson (1808-1897), English scientific writer, younger son of Charles Tomlinson, born in North London
  • Henry Major "H.M." Tomlinson (1873-1958), English writer and journalist, known for anti-war works, novels and short stories
  • Ernest Tomlinson MBE (1924-2015), English composer, particularly noted for his Light music compositions
  • Roger F. Tomlinson (1933-2014), English geographer and the main originator of modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS) [11]
  • Sir John Tomlinson CBE (b. 1946), English opera singer [12]
  • David Cecil MacAlister Tomlinson (1917-2000), English film actor who portrayed George Banks, head of the Banks family in the 1964 Disney film "Mary Poppins" [13]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. William T Tomlinson (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Aston Wood, Warwickshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. M Tomlinson, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]


  1. ^ Lowe, 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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CALPHURNIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Calpurnia.htm
  9. ^ Raymond Tomlinson. (Retrieved 2016, March 7) Raymond Tomlinson. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Tomlinson
  10. ^ Gerald Tomlinson. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Gerald Tomlinson. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Tomlinson
  11. ^ Roger Tomlinson. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Roger Tomlinson. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Tomlinson
  12. ^ John Tomlinson. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Tomlinson. Retrieved from http://www.johntomlinson.org/
  13. ^ David Tomlinson. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) David Tomlinson. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Tomlinson
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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