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Fun Facts about the name Tinker

  • How many people with the first name Tinker have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 20 babies born with the first name Tinker in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tinker? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1954 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Tinker first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tinker is Monday, May 14th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Tinker born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tinker was in 1954 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Tinker: Your name in reverse order is Reknit. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Retnki. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tinker? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,291 people with the last name Tinker.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tinker? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Tinker as their last name.
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Popularity of Tinker as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tinker U.S.
  White 78.40% 64.26%
  African American 12.73% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.51% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.19% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tinker

People with the last name Tinker are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Tinker" mean? The list below shows the origins of Tinker as well as things modernly associated with the name Tinker such as celebrities named Tinker.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tink"er
  1. A mender of brass kettles, pans, and other metal ware."Tailors and tinkers." [Piers Plowman.]
  2. One skilled in a variety of small mechanical work.
  3. [Ordnance] A small mortar on the end of a staff.
  4. [Zoöl]
    1. A young mackerel about two years old.
    2. The chub mackerel.
    3. The silversides.
    4. A skate.
      (Prov. Eng)
  5. [Zoöl] The razor-billed auk.

Etymology: From Tink, because the tinker's way of proclaiming his trade is to beat a kettle, or because in his work he makes a tinkling noise. Johnson

verb Tink"er
To mend or solder, as metal wares; hence, more generally, to mend.
verb Tink"er
To busy one's self in mending old kettles, pans, etc.; to play the tinker; to be occupied with small mechanical works.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Small mackerel found nearly worldwide
  2. Formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who traveled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a living
  3. A person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts
  4. Try to fix or mend ("Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right")
  5. Do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
  6. Work as a tinker or tinkerer

From Middle English tinkere

  1. an itinerant tinsmith and mender of household utensils made of tin
  2. (dated, chiefly Britain and Ireland, offensive) A member of the travelling community. A gypsy.
  3. (usually with "little") A mischievous person, especially a playful, impish youngster.
  4. Someone who repairs, or attempts repair on anything mechanical (tinkers) or invents; a tinkerer.
  5. The act of repair or invention.
  6. (military, obsolete) A small mortar on the end of a staff.
  7. Any of various fish: the chub mackerel, the silverside, the skate, or a young mackerel about two years old.
  8. A bird, the razor-billed auk.

Notable Persons With the Name Tinker

Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell is a tinker.


Tinker Haven Hatfield

Tinker Haven Hatfield is a designer; architect. Tinker was born on April 30th, 1952 in Hillsboro, Oregon.


Tinker Juarez

Tinker Juarez is a cyclist. Tinker was born on March 4th, 1961 in Downey, California.


Tinker Keck

Tinker Keck is a noteworthy somebody. Tinker was born on August 10th, 1976.


Tinker Owens

Tinker Owens is a football player for the New Orleans Saints. He was most prominent from 1976 to 1980. Tinker was born on October 3rd, 1954 in Miami, Oklahoma.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tinker

Grant Tinker

Grant Tinker is a television producer and executive. Grant was given the name Grant Almerin Tinker on January 11th, 1925 in Stamford, Connecticut.


Mark Tinker

Mark Tinker is a director, producer, and television director. He has had major accomplishments since 1975. Mark was born on January 16th, 1951 in Stamford, Connecticut.


Agnes Tinker

Agnes Tinker is an important individual.


John Tinker

John Tinker is a famous human. John was born on July 11th, 1958.


Joe Tinker

Joe Tinker was a baseball player. Joe was born on July 27th, 1880 in Muscotah, Kansas. He died on July 27th, 1948.


Beth Tinker

Beth Tinker is an important person.

  • Clarence L. Tinker
    (noteworthy person)
  • Carson Tinker
  • Frank Glasgow Tinker
  • Irene Tinker
    (notable human)
  • Robert F. Tinker
    (leading individual)
  • HP Tinker
    (leading human)

What does the name Tinker mean?

Tis for tender, loving nature.

Iis for impartial, a great arbiter

Nis for novel, don't get too complicated!

Kis for kindle, the warmth in others.

Eis for enjoy, your life can be fun!

Ris for responsible, honoring your obligations

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