Tindall Surname Genealogy

Tynedale, the valley of the river Tyne in Northumberland,
from the Celtic word tina meaning ‘to
flow” and the old English word doel
meaning “valley.”  The first person to
bear the name was Adam de Tindale, a Saxon baron at Tynedale in
12th century who
had adopted the Norman name-style.
“The pipe rolls at that time were written in
Latin which explained the use of ‘i’ rather than ‘y’ in the name.  There is no ‘y’ in Latin.”

Tindall and Tyndall
are the modern versions
of the name

Tindall/Tyndall Resources on

Tindall/Tyndall Ancestry

Tyndale name probably began with the
Tyndale barony in Northumberland
in the
12th century.  But the principal male line
there died out a
century or so later and left little trace in Northumberland.

Thus one must
search elsewhere for Tyndales, Tyndalls, and Tindalls.

The senior Tyndale line
became the Tyndalls of Tansover in Northamptonshire who were then
followed by
the Tyndalls at Hockwald in Norfolk and at Mapplestead in Essex.  It was said that two members of this family were
offered, and declined,
the throne of Bohemia in the 15th

There was also a Tyndale line at Melksham
Court in Gloucestershire, from whom, it is believed, came William Tyndale,
the first man in 1525 to translate the Bible into English (he was later
at the stake for this heresy).

When the male Tyndall line
at Mapplestead died out in the 17th century, seniority was then said to
passed to the Rev. John Tindal, the rector of Bere Ferris in
Devon.  His eldest
son Matthew Tindal was a controversial religious writer of the early
1700’s, as
was his nephew the Rev. Nicolas Tindal:

  • Matthew’s two brothers Thomas and
    Richard emigrated to New Jersey; while his other brother John was the
    father of
  • the line from Nicolas led to
    Sir Nicolas Tindal who was the Lord Chief Justice of England from 1829
    to 1845
    and to his son Louis Tindal, made a vice-admiral of the Royal Navy in
    1874.  This Tindal line was also to be
    found at
    Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

There have been other Tindalls and Tyndalls.
The 1881 census recorded some 2,000 Tindalls
and Tyndalls in England, of which 43% were to be found in Yorkshire and
15% in

Yorkshire.  One
branch of the main family was based from the 1500’s at Brotherton in
Yorkshire near Selby.  The last male of
this line was Bradwardin Tindall.  He left
an only daughter whose daughter was the mother of the General Wolfe who
was killed
at the capture of Quebec in 1759.

A Tindall family of uncertain origins were shipbuilders at Scarborough from the
17th to the mid-19th century.  The
Tindall name also appeared at Cowlam and Rillington in Yorkshire.  Mike Tindall – the rugby player who married
Zara, daughter of Princess Anne, in 2008 – has his roots in north

Lincolnshire.  The earliest recorded
was probably Gervase
Tyndall, a schoolmaster at Grantham in 1535.
Robert, the son of Henry Tindall, was born at Scopwick in 1592.  He moved to Coleby where his family

brothers, William and Robert Tyndall, were very successful Bristol
merchants in
the 16th century.  However, they did not
come from Bristol.  They appear to have
been the sons of a husbandman, Thomas Tyndall, of Belton in

Ireland.  Tyndalls from
Gloucestershire came to Ireland at the time of Cromwell, with John
being granted land in Wexford in 1658.
His descendants were local gentry in New Ross, holding estates
Ballyanne House and Berkeley Forest.

Tyndalls in Waterford and Carlow also had
Gloucestershire roots.  John Tyndall from
Carlow, born in Leighlinbridge in 1820, became a world-renowned
scientist, best
remembered today for explaining why the sky is blue.
One Tyndall line in Waterford led to John
Tyndall, the founder of the British National Front party in the 1980’s.

America.  Two early
arrivals in New Jersey, as part of Fenwick’s colony, were the brothers
and Richard Tindall from Devon in 1678.
Thomas was the progenitor of the Tindalls of Mercer county, New

Robert Tindall is thought to have migrated south from Mercer county to South Carolina in
the 1760’s.  He may have been the reason
for much of the Tindall population in South Carolina, notably in

Alexander Tindall from South Carolina was one of the first
Baptist ministers to circuit the state of Florida.
He made his home in Osceola county where he
married the daughter of an Indian chief.
He died there in 1899.  His son
George was an early settler in Palm Beach.
George’s cracker-style house, built in 1892, is considered the
existing home in Palm Beach county.

Tindall arrived in North Carolina from England via Philadelphia in the
1760’s.  His family later spelled
themselves Tyndall and settled in Greene county.

Robinson Tyndale from Carlow in
Ireland came to Philadelphia in 1804 and established himself as a china
glass merchant, as did his son Hector.
Through Robinson’s wife Sarah, an abolitionist, they were close
friends with
the poet Walt Whitman.  Another son of
the family, Sharon, moved to Illinois and served as its Secretary of

Australia.  Two early arrivals were

  • Daniel
    Tyndall from Surrey was found guilty of treason for his part under the
    Conspiracy to kill King George III.  Initially
    he was given the barbaric sentence of being hung,
    drawn and
    quartered.  This was then commuted to
    transportation for life.  He departed for
    Sydney on the Duke of Portland in
  • while John Tindall
    was given
    the death sentence at York Assizes in 1809 for burglary.
    This was also commuted to transportation for
    life.  He departed for Sydney on the Indian in 1810.

Both wives and their
children followed them to Australia on later dates.
Daniel lived until 1827, John to 1836.

Tindal, the grandson of Sir Nicolas Tindal, came out to New South Wales
in 1843
and prospered as a cattle breeder and meat processor.
At its peak Charles’s meat processing company slaughtered
35,000 beasts
a year and was well established on the English market.
One of his descendants Archibald Tindal was
killed during the bombing of Darwin in 1942.
After the war Carson’s Airfield was renamed RAAF Base Tindal in

Irish Tyndalls came to Australia.  Robert
Tyndall was in
Melbourne in 1855 and may have joined his brother Joseph, who arrived
years later, on a goldmining expedition to New Zealand.
Their father William had been born in Carlow
and was probably related to the scientist John Tyndall.

Tindall/Tyndall Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Tindall/Tyndall Names

Adam de
was the Saxon baron in Northumberland in the
12th century who is considered to be the progenitor of later Tyndalls
William Tyndale
was in 1525 the
first man to
translate the Bible into English.  For this he was convicted of
heresy and burnt
at the stake.
John Tyndall
from Carlow in Ireland was one of the greatest
scientists of the 19th century. 
He is best remembered popularly as the man who
first explained why the sky is blue.
Stephen Tindall
has been the founder of the very successful The Warehouse retail chain in New Zealand.

Select Tindall/Tyndalls Today

  • 4,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Yorkshire)
  • 5,000 in America (most numerous in South Carolina)
  • 3,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)




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