4 or 5 years ago I wrote a study of the origins of the surname Tompkins and its variants, in which I analysed the geographic spread of the surname in England at different dates in the 20th and 19th centuries and earlier, and tried to make deductions from that as to where the surname first originated, back in the middle ages. The study was produced on paper, but a year or so later Glyn Tomkins (then from Warwickshire, but now living in North Carolina) very generously turned it into a website, making it accessible over the internet.
Early last year the website became inaccessible, because of some technical breakdown, but Glyn has recently put in still more time and effort, and it is now back on-line and can be visited again. However its address has changed - it can now be found at
I'd like to thank Glyn for all the work he has put into the website, something he did purely out of generosity of spirit. He has his own linked site relating to his Tomkins ancestry in Herefordshire which can be found at
At http://home.nc.rr.com/tomkinsnet/http://home.nc.rr.com/tomkinsnet/ is an introductory page which leads to both of the above sites, and also to a short analysis of the first four pages of Robert A Tompkins' first work, Tomkins-Tompkins Genealogy, which I wrote some years ago and which Glyn has kindly added to his site. We hope to add more Tompkins genealogy-related stuff to it in the near future.