This name is of uncertain origin but although some research sources state that it is from the given name Timothy, it is unlikely because the name was not in use in England until Tudor times. It is probably from an unrecorded Olde English personal name with the attested Continental Germanic form, 'Timmo'. The addition of the suffix 's' would indicate a patronymic (son of), and the variants in the modern idiom include Timme, Timms, Thimm, Timkin, Timpson, Timmins. One Elizabeth Tym, the infant daughter of Roger Tym was christened on the 23rd of October 1586, at St.Nicholas Acons, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alicia Timme, which was dated 1327, Subsidy Rolls Worcester, during the reign of King Edward III, The Father of the Navy, 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
© Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980 - 2024