In the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons
were the first to use the name Tams. It is derived from the ancient personal name Thomas,
Early Origins of the Tams family
The surname Tams was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where the first listings of the name were found in the early 1300s. They include: John Thomson, "a man of low birth, but approved valour", leader of the men of Carrick in Edward Bruce's war in Ireland
in 1318 and Adam Thomson who was listed as Lord of Kylnekylle, Ayrshire
c. 1370-80. Closing out that century was Johannes filius
Thome who was elected bailie of Aberdeen in 1398.CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Tams family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tams research.Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1370, 1461, 1547, 1668, 1700, 1619, 1676, 1799 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Tams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tams Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Tams has been spelled Thomson, Tomson, Tamson, Thomsoun, M'Comie and others.
Early Notables of the Tams family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tams family to Ireland
Some of the Tams family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tams family to the New World and Oceana
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence
caused those who remained loyal to England
to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan
societies. Among them:
Tams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Sampson, Tams Jr., who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Tams (post 1700)
- Theo Tams (b. 1985), Canadian singer
- John Tams (b. 1949), English actor, singer, songwriter, composer and musician from Holbrook, Derbyshire
- Tams Bixby (1855-1922), American newspaper editor and publisher, and government administrator