Tompkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Tompkins is of English origin. It is derived from the first name "Tom," the popular diminutive of the name "Thomas," and, when combined with the Medieval suffix of endearment "kin," means "son of dear little Tom."

Early Origins of the Tompkins family

The surname Tompkins was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times and were Lords of the manor of Monington. "This parish, which is situated on the river Wye, and on the road from Hereford to Hay, comprises by computation 1000 acres." [1]

Later the family was also found in Buckinghamshire where "the name of Tompkins occurred in Soulbury in the 16th century. Nathaniel Tomkins, Esq., who married a Miss Waller in 1624, attained notoriety from his connection with the Waller plot." [2]

Early History of the Tompkins family

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Tompkins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tompkins, Tomkins, Tomkyns, Thomkins, Thompkins and others.

Early Notables of the Tompkins family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), a Welsh-born composer of Cornish origins; James Tomkins (c.1569-1636), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1624 and 1629; and Thomas Tomkins (c.1605-1674), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1640 and 1674, supporter of the Royalist cause in the...
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Ireland Migration of the Tompkins family to Ireland

Some of the Tompkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Tompkins migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tompkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas and William, and Ralph, Samuel, Mary, and Katherine Tompkins, who, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • John Tompkins, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Thomas Tompkins, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • Ralph Tompkins, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1638 [3]
  • John Tompkins, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [3]
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Tompkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Tompkins, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1720 [3]
Tompkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ezra C Tompkins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1875 [3]

Canada Tompkins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tompkins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jacob Tompkins U.E., (Tomkins) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Edmund Tompkins U.E. (b. 1756) born in Westchester County, New York, USA from Westchester County, New York, USA who settled in Canada c. 1784 he died in 1835 [4]
  • Mr. Elijah Tompkins U.E. (b. 1762) born in Westchester County, New York, USA from Westchester County, New York, USA who settled in Wakefield, York County [Carleton County], New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in Loyal American Regiment under Capt. Randles Company [4]
  • Mr. John Roger Tompkins U.E. (b. 1758) born in Westchester County, New York, USA from Westchester County, New York, USA who settled in Wakefield, York County [Carleton County], New Brunswick c. 1784 he enlisted in 1777 serving in the Loyal American Regiment under Capt. Randles Company, married to Abigail Brewer in 1780 having 10 children, he died I 1833 [4]
  • Mr. Joseph Tompkins U.E. (b. 1764) from Westchester County, New York, USA who died in 1778 in service before settling in Canada c. 1784 he enlisted in 1777 serving in the Loyal American Regiment under Capt. Randles Company [4]
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Australia Tompkins migration to Australia +

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

Tompkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Tompkins, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Charles Tompkins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849 [6]
  • William Tompkins, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"

New Zealand Tompkins 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:

Tompkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Emma Tompkins, (b. 1820), aged 36, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [7]
  • Miss Miriana Tompkins, (b. 1840), aged 16, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [7]
  • Mr. Henry Tompkins, (b. 1848), aged 8, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [7]
  • Mr. Mark Riddell Tompkins, (b. 1835), aged 24, British tailor travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [8]
  • Mrs. Frances Tompkins, (b. 1840), aged 19, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Tompkins (post 1700) +

  • Douglas Rainsford Tompkins (1943-2015), American conservationist, businessman and founder of the outdoor clothing company The North Face
  • Brian Tompkins, English-born, Yale Varsity Soccer coach
  • Daniel D Tompkins (1774-1825), American politician, 6th Vice President of the United States
  • Stephen Tompkins (b. 1971), American artist, animator, and composer
  • Fred Tompkins (b. 1943), American jazz flautist and composer
  • Barry Tompkins (b. 1940), American sportscaster
  • Calvin Tompkins, American Democrat politician, National Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 10th District, 1896 [9]
  • Caleb Tompkins (1759-1846), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County, 1804-06; U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1817-21 [9]
  • Bernard Tompkins, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 8th District, 1956; Defeated, 1954, 1956 [9]
  • Arthur Sidney Tompkins (1865-1938), American Republican politician, Chair of Rockland County Republican Party, 1888; Member of New York State Assembly from Rockland County, 1890; Rockland County Surrogate, 1893-98 [9]
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Suggested Readings for the name Tompkins +

  • 1243 The 7th U.S. Cavalry's Own Colonel Tommy Tompkins: A Military Heritage and Tradition by John M. Carrol, Travels in Search of an Ancestor: with Genealogies of the Tompkins, Kingsley, Kirkland (et al) Families by Grace Tompkins Walker.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SPARTAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Spartan.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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