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Tinsley Family History

Tinsley Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from a place in South Yorkshire near Rotherham named in Old English with the genitive case of an unattested personal name Tynni + hlāw ‘hill’ ‘mound barrow’. This surname is also found in Ulster. habitational name from Tinsley Green in Worth (Sussex). The placename appears to derive from an unattested Old English personal name Tint + Old English lēah ‘wood woodland clearing’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Tingley, Insley, Kinsley, Tansley, Winkley, Wansley, Hunsley, Lindley

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Where is the Tinsley family from?

You can see how Tinsley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tinsley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tinsley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 72 Tinsley families living in Virginia. This was about 39% of all the recorded Tinsley's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Tinsley families in 1840.
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What did your Tinsley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tinsley. 18% of Tinsley men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Tinsley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tinsley were Salesman and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Cook
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Tinsley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Tinsley. For the veterans among your Tinsley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tinsley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Tinsley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Tinsley in 1942 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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