The Towlmin family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the personal name
Thomas. Towlmin 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 Towlmin family
The surname Towlmin was first found in Durham
where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.
Early History of the Towlmin family
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Towlmin Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Towlmin include Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.
Early Notables of the Towlmin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Towlmin family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Towlmin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.