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Tillinghast Surname Origin
(Locality). A place where auctions are held; buying, selling, dividing, paying over. German, theilen; Dutch, deelen, to separate, divide, pay over. A dealing house.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Tillinghast Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Tillinghast Family History Thought:
'We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.' --Ralph Waldo Emerson