Log in  | New? Register

17,063 Tinsley members around the world

Stay informed about Tinsley Family online & offline events!

Keep me informed as to Tinsley Family online & offline events

My Tinsley family came from?

See our recent family gatherings

Tinsley Family History

This interesting surname, of Anglo-Saxon origin with spellings Tynsley, Tinsley, Tynsely, Tynsey, Tinsey, Tinsy and probably others, is locational. It originates from the village of Tinsley, near Rotherham in the West Riding of Yorkshire, or Tinsley in Essex. Both derive from the pre 7th century personal name "Tynni", and the word "leah" meaning an encloisure in the forest cleared for agricuture, or more literally - a farm! Tynni's farm". Locational surnames, such as this, were usually acquired either by the local lord of the manor and his descendants, or by those former inhabitants of a place who had moved to another area, and were thereafter, best identified by the name of their birthplace.

Who have we missed?

Tell us about any famous Tinsley (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!


Join the conversation with the Tinsley tribe

  • Find your Tinsley ancestor
  • Tell us about your Tinsley Family
  • Tell us about your Tinsley ancestors
  • Ask a question about the Tinsley history
  • Leave a message for Tinsley family members

You are not register

Join Log in

Invite more Tinsley family members!

Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the Tinsley tribe.

Log in or Register to invite others
Family Coat of Arms Generator

Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?

Create Crest

Discover where the Tinsley Family members live around the world

Explore where tribe members live today!


Show off the Tinsley Family Crest…

Wear your crest with pride...plenty of products to choose from