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Where did the English Tumbleson family come from? What is the English Tumbleson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tumbleson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tumbleson family history?

The name Tumbleson is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the personal name Thomas. Tumbleson 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.


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 Tumbleson include Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.

First found in Durham where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tumbleson research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1811, 1617 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Tumbleson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tumbleson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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:

Tumbleson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Tumbleson, who landed in Maryland in 1677


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  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Tumbleson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tumbleson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 3 January 2014 at 13:31.

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