The generations and branches of the Toulmin family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name Toulmin comes from the personal name
Thomas. Toulmin 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 Toulmin family
The surname Toulmin was first found in Durham
where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.
Early History of the Toulmin family
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Toulmin Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Toulmin include Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.
Early Notables of the Toulmin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Toulmin family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Toulmin or a variant listed above:
Toulmin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jesse Toulmin, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Toulmin (post 1700)
- Bertha Louise Townsend Toulmin (1869-1909), American female tennis player, inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1974
- Theophilus Toulmin Garrard (1812-1902), American politician and Union general in the American Civil War