The original meaning is fairly insulting
, a "tyke" being defined as an uncouth
folk are also referred to as tykes (they do have a reputation for being unduly, even unnecessarily direct in their speech), but despite the origin of the word, many Yorkshiremen
, proud of their county and heritage
, refer to themselves as tykes, with heads held high
There is even a site (www.e-tyke.co.uk) specialising in properties for sale in Yorkshire.