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Thomas Coat of Arms
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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Origins Available: English-Alt, English, German, Welsh-Alt, Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thomas, Tomas, MacThomas, FitzThomas, Thomasett and others.

First found in Breconshire, where the family claims descendance from Owen Glendower, Lord of Glyndwyrdwy, Prince of South Wales.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joe, John, Robert, and Nathaniel Thomas, who all settled in Virginia in 1621; as did Christopher Thomas in 1635 and Evan Thomas in 1653; Henry Thomas, who came to Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1685.

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Motto Translated: To God be thanks.

Suggested Readings for the name Thomas
Ancestors and Kin... by Robert Walden Coggeshall, The Descendants of William Thomas by Francis Marion Ammon, Thomas Ancestors: A History of a Thomas Family by Mark Everett Thomas.

Some noteworthy people of the name Thomas
  • William Thomas (b. 1959), American international authority on geriatric medicine
  • Cyrus Thomas (1825-1910), American anthropologist and entomologist
  • Danny Thomas (1914-1991), American nightclub comedian and television and film actor (born Muzyad Yahkoob)
  • Dave Thomas (1932-2002), American founder of Wendy’s International restaurant chain and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Margaret "Marlo" Thomas (b. 1938), American actress best known for her role as Ann Marie on the television show "That Girl"
  • Edward Donnall Thomas (1920-2012), American physician, researcher, co-winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Medicine
  • Michael Tilson Thomas (b. 1944), American conductor, pianist and composer
  • Martha Crey Thomas (1857-1935), American feminist
  • Norman Mattoon Thomas (1884-1968), American socialist leader
  • Sergeant Herbert Joseph Thomas (1918-1943), American Marine awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943


Clan Badge

Thomas, sept of the Clan MacIntosh

Is your family of Scottish descent? If so, you can proudly display the MacIntosh Clan Badge. This clan badge is used by all septs of that clan.

Thomas is also a Sept of the Clan Chattan

Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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