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Origins of the Tomlinson surname

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What does the name Tomlinson mean?

Tomlinson is a name that originates in England. It is a patronymic name, given to those who were the son or heir of a person named 'Thomas', 'Thome' or 'Tom'. The given name became particularly prominent in the 1200s and 1300s, where it also began to be used as a surname.

Alternative variations of the name Tomlinson

Tomlinson, Tumlinson, Tomlinsone, Tamlinson, Thomlinson

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Where do most Tomlinsons live?

In 1921, most Tomlinsons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Tomlinsons

How common is your surname?

294th most common surname in the UK

We have 141,000 records for the Tomlinson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1532.

Who were Tomlinsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Tomlinson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Tomlinsons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Tomlinsons in 1921
Cotton Weaver




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




Common Male occupations for Tomlinsons in 1921
Coal Miner




Cotton Weaver




Agricultural Labourer


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