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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Tin"kle
  1. To make, or give forth, small, quick, sharp sounds, as a piece of metal does when struck; to clink."As sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." [1 Cor. xiii. 1.]"The sprightly horse Moves to the music of his tinkling bells." [Dodsley.]
  2. To hear, or resound with, a small, sharp sound."And his ears tinkled, and the color fled." [Dryden.]

Etymology: Freq. of tink. See Tink Tingle

verb Tin"kle
To cause to clonk, or make small, sharp, quick sounds.
noun Tin"kle
A small, sharp, quick sound, as that made by striking metal.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A light clear metallic sound as of a small bell
  2. Make or emit a high sound

From Middle English *tinklen, tinclen, equivalent to tink +‎ -le (frequentative suffix).

  1. A light metallic sound, resembling the tinkling of bells or wind chimes.
  2. (Britain, informal) A telephone call.
    Give me a when you arrive.
  3. (informal, euphemistic) An act of urination.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tinkle

Wayne Tinkle is an athlete for the Oregon State Beavers, Topeka Sizzlers, Liège Basket, Solna Vikings, Juver Murcia, Onyx Caserta, Pagrati, Peñas Huesca / Grupo AGB Huesca, and Rapid City Thrillers. His most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to 2001. Wayne was born on January 26th, 1966 in Milwaukee.


Joslyn Tinkle is a basketball player for the Sydney Uni Flames and Seattle Storm in the Women's National Basketball League. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2013 to present. Joslyn was born on December 29th, 1990 in Stockholm.


Lon was born on March 20th, 1906. He left this life on January 11th, 1980.


Donald was born on December 3rd, 1930. He passed away on February 21st, 1980.


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Popularity of Tinkle as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tinkle U.S.
  White 93.61% 64.26%
  African American 1.28% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.02% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.53% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.04% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tinkle

People with the last name Tinkle are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Tinkle

  • How Popular is the name Tinkle? As a last name Tinkle was the 22,069th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Tinkle first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Tinkle is Saturday, April 10th, 1897.
  • How unique is the name Tinkle? From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Tinkle. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Tinkle: Your name in reverse order is Elknit. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ketiln. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tinkle? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,174 people with the last name Tinkle.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tinkle? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tinkle as their last name since less than 1 person in 250k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.