The name Tomlynson has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon
name that was originally derived from the personal name
Thomas. Tomlynson 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.
Early Origins of the Tomlynson family
The surname Tomlynson was first found in Durham
where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.
Early History of the Tomlynson family
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Tomlynson Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tomlynson include Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.
Early Notables of the Tomlynson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tomlynson family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Edward Tomlinson who settled in Virginia in 1637; along with Joanne, and John; Mathew Tomlinson settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Peter Tomlinson settled in Barbados in 1635.