Tompkinson is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the Aramaic personal name Thomas,
which means twin.
This became one of the most popular Christian names in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Tompkinson developed from the pet form Tom,
to which the diminutive suffix -kin
was appended. The surname also features the suffix -son,
which superseded other patronymic
suffixes in popularity during the 14th century and was most popular in the north of England
Early Origins of the Tompkinson family
The surname Tompkinson was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Reasheath from early times. Here, most of the family were found at Willington. " It is situated on the south-west side of Delamere Forest, and comprises 977a. 3r. 17p., of which, deducting 30 acres of wood, two-thirds are pasture and one-third arable land, mostly the property of Colonel Tomkinson. The mansion of Colonel Tomkinson, standing on the borders of the forest, is a modern and elegant building in the Elizabethan style." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Tompkinson family
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Tompkinson Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Tompkinson has been recorded under many different variations, including Tomkinson, Tompkinson, Thomkinson, Thompkinson and others.
Early Notables of the Tompkinson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tompkinson family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Tompkinson or a variant listed above:
Tompkinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Tompkinson, who settled in Virginia in 1635
Tompkinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Tompkinson, who landed in New York in 1831 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Thomas Tompkinson, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1868
Contemporary Notables of the name Tompkinson (post 1700)
- Stephen Tompkinson (b. 1965), British Comedy Award winning actor, known for his work on Wild at Heart (2006), Brassed Off (1996) and Drop the Dead Donkey (1990)