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Timmons Coat of Arms / Timmons Family Crest

Timmons Coat of Arms / Timmons Family Crest

The surname of TIMMONS was derived from the Gaelic Mac Toimin (a diminutive of Thomas). The name is familiar to counties Wicklow and Carlow, and is also spelt as Timmons and Timon. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancester. Gilbert Timin, recorded in 1273, appears to be the first of the name on record, and Agnes Tymandson was recorded in Ireland in 1477, and Edward Timmins was documented in County Wicklow in the year 1300. John Timmins, servant to George Timmons, was buried at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1603. Samule Timings and Mary Overton were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1764. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield, and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings.


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last updated on: April 3rd, 2017

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