This rare name is a variant spelling which derives from the Silesian - German 'Thumbling' or the Danish 'Thymen', the latter being considered the probable. The first derivation is a patronymic nickname which basically translates as 'The son of Thum' - Thum being a description of a short, sturdy person. 'Thymen' is a job descriptive name for a grower of herbs, particularly 'thyme', this name being recorded in the Heraldic Rolls of Denmark, circa 1680, the name development in England including Margareta Tymmes, 1593, All Hallows Church, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Christiana Thumlin, which was dated 1863, Baptised at All Souls, Marylebone, London, during the reign of Queen Victoria, The Great White Queen, 1837 -1901. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.