The ancestors of the Tymmins surname in Ireland
are thought to have arrived with or in the wake of the 12th century Anglo/ Norman invasion
of the Emerald Isle, led by Strongbow
. The surname Tymmins is ultimately derived from the personal names Timothy or Thomas. The Gaelic form of the surname Tymmins is Mac Toimin.
Early Origins of the Tymmins family
The surname Tymmins was first found in counties Wicklow
and Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster
in the South East of Ireland
, from 1172. Timon of Athens ( fl.
431 BC) was a citizen of Athens whose misanthropy grew to legendary status. He was the inspiration for Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (The Life of Tymon of Athens), one of his first tragedies.
Early History of the Tymmins family
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Tymmins Spelling Variations
During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations
for the name Tymmins include Timmons, Timmins, O'Timmon, O'Timmons, Tymon, McToimin and many more.
Early Notables of the Tymmins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tymmins family to the New World and Oceana
experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families
. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Tymmins: Margaret Timmins from St. Mullins in Carlow who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1819; Lawrence Timmons settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1822.