This name, which suggests a Germanic origin is in fact believed to be Breton-French and derive from "Timadeuc" a heraldically recorded name. The first recordings in England are during the period of the Napoleonic Wars 1794 - 1815, when French sounding names were definately unpopular and steps were taken to change their pronunciation and appearance. Whilst this has to be part confectual there are many examples of such changes, e.g., Le Crois to Cross, Blanc to White etc.. The meaning of the name is probably a derivation of the Germanic "Dielmar" from the Greek "Timan" meaning "Honour". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Harman Timcke. which was dated 1812 (Baptised) at St. Georges in the East Stepney. during the reign of King George III, Farmer George, 1760 - 1820. 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.