Origin of the Name Timmins
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Timmins
include Timmons, Timon, Tymon and McTomyn. This name in Irish is MacToimin or O'Tiomain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of these Gaelic names. This sept came from Carlow.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
This sept was a branch of the Barretts of Tirawley of County Mayo. They were originally of Welsh origin and settled in Ireland around the fifteenth century when a William Tomyne was a parliamentary collector for Kildare. By the seventeenth century Timmins was a principal Irish name in two baronies of County Carlow where the townland Ballytimmin was named for them. One of the family was Bishop of Buffalo in America, his family having emigrated from County Cavan in the year 1796. In modern times this name is found mostly in its original territory.
The Timmins coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Timmins descendants.