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Surname Tidmore - Meaning and Origin

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Tidmore: What does the surname Tidmore mean?

The last name Tidmore is an English patronymic surname derived from the personal name "Tid," which is a variation of the name "Tiddy," a diminutive of the name "Matilda." This name originated from the Old German name "Mahtild," which is composed of two elements: "mahti," meaning "strength" and "hild," meaning "battle." Over time, the name "Tid," likely evolved from the earlier Norman-French forms of "Titus" or "Tido."

The surname Tidmore has been found in various English counties descended from Tid families who were originally from the surrounding areas of Europe. Records of the last name date back to the 12th century, when the Tid family held estates in County Durham. During the Middle Ages, the eldest son of the Tidmore family would often take on the surname as part of his title.

Today, the Tidmore name is prominent in England, Scotland, Ireland, and the United States. It may be seen as a locational surname derived from Tidd or Teadimor, two places from which the family may have originated. The surname is also thought to have possible Norman-French origins, as suggested by its spelling and pronunciation.

The Tidmore name often corresponds with a deep-rooted sense of family pride and devotion. As traceable to its English roots, heirs of the Tidmore name are often described as loyal, supportive, and passionate.

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Tidmore: Where does the name Tidmore come from?

The last name Tidmore is very common today in the United States, particularly in Texas and in the American South. It is most fairly evenly distributed across the southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. However, it is more commonly found in certain counties in each state, such as Bibb, Clarke, Hale, Jefferson, Marshall, Montgomery, and Shelby in Alabama, as well as a few counties in Mississippi. The Tidmore name is also fairly common in other parts of the country, though less so. It can be found in Missouri, Ohio, California, Arizona, and the Midwest in small numbers.

The Pennsylvania Dutch/Germans have the most appearances of the name Tidmore throughout Pennsylvania and in certain parts of Maryland, which could be attributed to the relatively large Amish and Mennonite populations in those areas. The Tidmore name can also be found in other parts of the world, such as Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, typically through immigrant families who settled in those countries.

Variations of the surname Tidmore

The surname Tidmore is believed to be derived from Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman origins, and is an occupational name derived from the Old English words for ‘tid’, which translates to ‘teacher’, and ‘more’, which translates to ‘dark or swarthy’. This likely meant the original bearer of this name was a teacher of a darker complexion. There are several variants, spellings and surnames of the same origin as Tidmore. The most common variants and spellings are Tidmar, Tidmoor, Tedmore, Teadmore, and Toddmore.

Other related surnames, encompassing the same meaning, include Tyndall, Tyndell, Tidball, Twitchell, and Normore. Tyndell likely evolved from Middle English terms for ‘tender’ and ‘softer’, Tidball refers to a ‘tid’ or ‘little teacher’, Twitchell is derived from 'twytch' which translates to a ‘commotion’, and Normore is derived from a Latin word meaning ‘more north’.

Tidmore is a relatively rare surname in comparison to these related surnames, however, in modern times it is primarily found in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. It is also notable as a variation of the surname Timmons, which is frequently found in the Southern United States.

Famous people with the name Tidmore

  • Kirk Tidmore: American college football coach
  • Collin Tidmore: American racing driver
  • Austin Tidmore: former professional basketball player
  • Mamie Tidmore: librarian and educator
  • Susie Tidmore: author and children’s book illustrator
  • Judge John Tidmore: first judge of the U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans
  • Michael Tidmore: American television director
  • Will Tidmore: American disc jockey
  • Lorraine Tidmore Phintiz: American biologist
  • John Samuel Tidmore: American politician

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