I recently discovered records of various people called Tickle who lived on the Isle of Man (Ellan Vannin in the Manx language ), a unique part of the British Isles.
The island, which is often referred to simply as Mann, lies in the Irish sea and has a population of around 80,000. It isn’t a part of the United Kingdom. It is a Crown Dependency, which means that it’s technically owned by the Queen directly, not by the UK. Mann has the oldest continuous parliament in the world. It has been standing without a break or suspension since 979.
The symbol on the Isle of Man flag is the Triskelion – three legged man. Reputably, it symbolises “whichever way you throw us, we always land on our feet”.
Nowadays the island is best known for being the motorcycle racing capital of the world, hosting the Isle of Man TT, and for having cats with no tails.
I found a marriage between Walter Tickle b.1883 and Christian Isabella Nelson in St Peter’s Church, Onchan, Isle of Man in 1904. I believe she was a local girl, born in Douglas, the island capital. Christian is a common surname on the island. Walter was born in Runcorn, Cheshire. I managed to link him up to an existing family in my database, so have his ancestry going back three generations. I believe Walter was the grandson of Samuel Tickle b.1821 in Halton, Cheshire and his wife, Jane Markley b.1826 in Lancashire. Samuel’s father’s was Thomas Tickle but I have no other information on him to date.
Walter and Christian had three children that I know of:
- Helena (Lena) Tickle b.1906
- Walter Ernest Tickle (1908- 1944)
- Thomas Henry Tickle (1911-1990) who married Shirley Ivory Neill in 1936
As far as I can tell, neither Lena nor Walter married.
There are other records for people with the surname Tickle on the Isle of Man, and people with that name still living there. I haven’t as yet been able to recreate family trees for any of them, but will look for more information.
If you are descended from a Tickle on the Isle of Man, or from the Runcorn Tickles, I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org