Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Tamzin

 Tamzin is an alternate spelling of Tamsin (Tamsyn, Tamsen, Tamzen) which developed among the Brythonic Celts in Cornwall (England) as a contracted form of Thomasina. Thomasina, in turn, is the medieval female form of the popular masculine name Thomas.  The name Thomas comes from the New Testament, borne by one of Jesus’ 12 apostles and one to whom Christ appeared after his resurrection.  According to John 20:24: “Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came…But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’”  Eight days later Jesus appeared directly to Thomas himself; and this time, Thomas believed. However, he was henceforth referred to as “Doubting Thomas” since he had to be convinced of Jesus’ resurrection. Who can blame the guy? It was this “doubting” quality that humanized the Biblical character and popularized the name in Christendom.  Thomas comes from the Greek “Didymus” (from the Aramaic Ta’oma) which means “twin” (although there is no evidence that St. Thomas the Apostle was a twin himself). Originally, the name Thomas was mainly used by priests until Western Europeans were exposed to it during the Crusades. By the 12th century, Thomas was quite popular throughout England; in part, popularized by the English martyr Thomas Becket, an archbishop of Canterbury who was killed by a couple of King Henry II’s knights on the church altar while giving a sermon.  Thomasina eventually came into circulation as a female name, and the Cornish people contracted that to Tamsin (which would eventually spawn alternate spellings like Tamzin). 

All About the Baby Name – Tamzin

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME TAMZIN

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME TAMZIN

 While Tamsin has shown some success in the Celtic regions of England (Wales, Cornwall), this is a name quite unfamiliar to Americans.  In fact, no spelling of Tamsin (Tamzin, Tamsen, etc.) has ever achieved any kind of serious usage in the United States to mark a position on the Top 1000 list. Case in point: only five baby girls were given the name Tamzin in 2013! Very rare, indeed. We like the uniqueness of this name, and its interesting history. We also think it’s a great choice for baby girls born under the sign of Gemini (symbol: the twins). 

Quick Facts

ON TAMZIN

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

TAM-sin

SIMPLE MEANING:

Twin

Characteristics

OF TAMZIN

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Tamzin

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME TAMZIN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Tamzin

Popular Songs

ON TAMZIN

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Famous People

NAMED TAMZIN

Tamzin Outhwaite (English actress)
Tamzin Merchant (English actress)
Tamsin Greig (English actress)
Tamsin Egerton (English actress)
Tamsin Hinchley (Australian volleyball Olympian)

Children of Famous People

NAMED TAMZIN

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Tamzin

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME TAMZIN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Tamzin