Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. TING-kər  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Occupational name for a mender of kettles, pots and pans. The name could derive from the tinking sound made by light hammering on metal. It is possible that the word comes from the word tin, the material with which the tinker worked.


Entry updated February 12, 2018