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Tynedale, the valley of the river Tyne in Northumberland, derived 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 the 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

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EnglandThe 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 century.

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 burnt at the stake for this heresy).

When the male Tyndall line at Mapplestead died out in the 17th century, seniority was then said to have 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 Nicolas.  
  • 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 Lincolnshire.

.  One branch of the main family was based from the 1500’s at Brotherton in north 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 Yorkshire.

.  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 settled. 

Two 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 Lincolnshire.

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

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

Robert Tindall 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 Spartanburg county.

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 oldest existing home in Palm Beach county.

Meanwhile James 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 and 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 State.

.  Two early arrivals were convicts:
  • Daniel Tyndall from Surrey was found guilty of treason for his part under the Despard 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 1807.
  • 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.

Charles 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 his honor.

Irish Tyndalls came to Australia.  Robert Tyndall was in Melbourne in 1855 and may have joined his brother Joseph, who arrived seven 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

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Adam de Tindale was the Saxon baron in Northumberland in the 12th century who is considered to be the progenitor of later Tyndalls and Tindalls.
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.
Sir Stephen Tindall
has been the founder of the very successful The Warehouse retail chain in New Zealand.

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  • 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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