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Where did the Scottish Thompson family come from? What is the Scottish Thompson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Thompson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Thompson family history?

The roots of the distinguished surname Thompson can be found in Scotland. The name is derived from the popular given name Thomas, an Aramaic name meaning "twin," and refers to "a son of Thomas or Thom." The spelling of the name with a "p" distinguishes the family from the Thomsons, who were a Scottish Clan originally known as MacThomais.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Tompson, Thompson and others.

First found in Cumberland, where the Thompson family held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thompson research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1668, 1614, 1681, 1661, 1679, 1625, 1683, 1663, 1673, 1683, 1659, 1700, 1639, 1701, 1689, 1690, 1695, 1698, 1701 and are included under the topic Early Thompson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 175 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thompson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Thompson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thompson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Thompson, who was one of the passengers on the "Mayflower" in 1620
  • David Thompson, who settled in Maine in 1623
  • Anthony Thompson, who arrived in Connecticut in 1637
  • Edmund Thompson, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Eldred Thompson, who landed in Virginia in 1644

Thompson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Dorothy Thompson, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Elizabeth Thompson, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Allen Thompson, who arrived in New York in 1738
  • Hannah Thompson, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
  • Ebenezer Thompson, who arrived in New England in 1743

Thompson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Thompson, who arrived in America in 1800
  • Christian Thompson, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Anna Thompson, aged 30, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Hector Thompson, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Hugh Thompson, who landed in America in 1805

Thompson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Harry Adolph Thompson, who landed in Alabama in 1929


  • Jenny Thompson (b. 1973), American Olympic swimmer, winning twelve medals, including eight gold medals as well as 45 gold medals at other events
  • Hunter Stockton Thompson (b. 1939), American journalist
  • John Griggs Thompson (b. 1932), American mathematician awarded the Fields Medal in 1970, the Wolf Prize in 1992 and the 2008 Abel Prize
  • John Taliaferro Thompson (1860-1940), American soldier and inventor
  • Randall Thompson (1899-1984), American composer
  • Sergeant Max Thompson (1922-1996), American Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Fred Dalton Thompson (b. 1942), American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, and radio host, represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate (1994-2003)
  • Major Joseph Henry Thompson (1871-1928), highly decorated World War I veteran including the Medal of Honor
  • William Y. Thompson (1922-2013), American historian and author
  • David B. Thompson (1923-2013), American Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Charleston (1990-1999)



  • Edgewood, The Story of a Family and Their House by James Woolridge Powell.
  • The Family of William Taliaferro Thompson, Jr., and His Wife, Anne Claiborne McIlwaine by Ben Lacy Rose.
  • Dixie's Diverse Destiny by Margery Thompson Lockhart.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nosce teipsum
Motto Translation: Know thyself.


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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Thompson
Thompsan, Thompsand, Thompsane, Thompsant, Thompsen, Thompsend, Thompsent, Thompsind, Thompsint, Thompson, Thompstolm, Thompstom, Thompstomb, Thompstombe, Thompstome, Thompston, Thompstone, Thompstoom, Thompstoomb, Thompstown, Thompstum, Thompstume, Thompsyn, Thompsynd, Tompsan, Tompsand, Tompsane, Tompsant, Tompsen, Tompsend, Tompsent, Tompsind, Tompsint, Tompson, Tompstolm, Tompstom, Tompstomb, Tompstombe, Tompstome, Tompston, Tompstone, Tompstoom, Tompstoomb, Tompstoombe, Tompstown, Tompstum, Tompstume, Tompsyn, Tompsynd and more.


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The Thompson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thompson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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