It is believed that there are currently about 22,500 people bearing the name 'Tomlin', or its variants, living throughout the world.

The study of the family history of these people is therefore a mammoth task which will take many man-hours to complete.  

In order to do this, the whole is broken down into geographic areas and each of these areas will be the subject to their own study.

Initially, the study will cover the Yorkshire county area of the UK but it is hoped this will be added to with the following :-

In the UK

  • The Home Counties (Kent, Surry, etc.)
  • Hertfordshire (& adjacent counties)
  • East Midlands
  • The North West

In the Rest of the World

  • The USA (This will need its own breakdown)
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • South Africa
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand

Carrying out these studies in line the Guild's recommendations should lead to consistent and accurate results.

The Guild recommends that basically seven activities are followed, namely :-

  • Data Collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Synthesis of Data ( i.e. using the results of the analysis to draw conclusions about the name. These include, but are not limited to, surname meaning, geographic origin, how & where variants arose.)
  • Responding to Enquiries
  • Publicising the Work
  • Publication of the Results
  • Preserving the Study

The Guild refers to these activities as the 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom',

As the first three of these activities progress, so the extent of the known family groups will increase and the website  will be revised accordingly.

This website itself is a vehicle for the last four of these activities

There are two separate and identifiable areas which will need revision. The main area will be the 'Genealogy' or family history part which will be expanded with the addition of 'new' families. The other area will be the history and meaning of the surname and its geographic distribution. This area will be merely refined.



We not include any living person in the family history data presented in this website, specifically in our “Genealogy” section.. The exception to this is in our “Information” section under “Prominent People” where the only information presented is that which is already in the public domain.

We believe this is in line with 'usual practice' and that we comply in all instances. If you feel this is not the case, we would be pleased to hear from you so we can review and correct our error.


Copyright © Richard Tomlin 2017. All rights reserved.

The material in this website is under copyright as above. It may be used for you own personal and non-commercial use. You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content.



We have no intention to gain commercially from this website and we are making all information freely available. Because some of the information has been gathered from private sources, we do not consider it appropriate that it be used on a commercial basis. Hence the exclusion statement under 'Copyright' above.


The Guild of One-Name Studies has, in respect of this website, undertaken to “preserve it and make it available to public view indefinitely as long as it is able.”

On the decease of the present custodian, if alternative arrangements have not been made, the website at that time will be 'frozen' and an archive copy made. If another Guild member is prepared to take over the study, then they can add to or amend the site as they see appropriate, leaving the archive copy un-modified.