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For the creek in Virginia, see List of rivers in Virginia.
Tinker Creek, originally called Tinkle Creek, was named for the sound of running water, according to local history.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tinker Creek
- Lake, William C. (22 June 1935). "Names of Union Streams Have Interesting History". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. pp. A1. Retrieved 22 April 2015.